Endometriosis

 

Endometriosis is a condition in which endometrium, the tissue that normally lines the womb (uterus), grows outside the uterus. The endometrium normally responds to the sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone. In women with endometriosis, the misplaced endometrial cells in the pelvic cavity also respond to these hormones.
During ovulation, the endometrium and the misplaced endometrial cells thicken. Unlike the endometrium, the misplaced endometrial cells cannot leave the body via menstruation. They bleed, cause inflammation and pain and then heal. Over time, this process can create scar tissue.

Fibrous scar tissue can form on the uterus, causing the uterus to stick to the ovaries, fallopian tubes and bowel. Endometriosis may cause very painful periods and may reduce fertility.

 

Why is endometriosis such a problem?
  • Not only do women with endometriosis suffer from severe pain with menstruation causing numerous days off work but Endometriosis can result in infertility and miscarriage.

  • One third of women with Endometriosis are symptom free. Symptoms typically begin several years after onset of your period, and progress over time.

 

Most common symptoms include:

  • Pelvic/abdominal cramping and pain with menstruation

  • Acute pain occurs before menstruation and can last for a day or two during menstruation or throughout the month

  • Pain during sex

  • Infertility (difficulty falling pregnant)

  • Pain with bladder/bowel function, intestinal pain

  • Tenderness when affected areas are palpated

  • Vomiting, diarrhoea, and fainting can occur concurrently with the intense pelvic/abdominal cramping and even labour-like pains.

  • Chronic bearing-down pain and pressure on the low back which may radiate down the legs with menstruation

  • Fatigue especially with menstruation

 

What are the main risk factors for developing endometriosis?

  • Inheriting the condition from your mother or sister

  • Women with shorter menstrual cycles and longer duration of blood flow

  • Lack of exercise from an early age, a high-fat diet, use of intrauterine devices

  • Hormonal imbalance

  • Excessive use of tampons

 

How can the team at Naturally Dynamic Health help?

  • Our Naturopaths will take a thorough case history to determine the cause and severity of your condition. They may refer you to get further medical investigations, such as blood tests and/or ultrasounds to confirm endometriosis.

  • From the information gathered your Naturopath will advise particular dietary and life style changes and prescribe herbal and nutritional medicines tailored specifically to treat your symptoms and to resolve the underlying issue.

  • The NDH naturopaths may take several approaches to treat endometriosis. Balancing the hormones, optimising the liver function to conjugate and metabolise hormones and to release toxins from the body by encouraging healthy bowel motions and healthy gut flora. Normalising the immune response to reduce the formation of new adhesions and to assist dissolving current adhesions is also addressed.

 

Please remember painful periods are not always normal, so speak with your healthcare practitioner if you have bad period pain.

 

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