Breaking down the Details of Endometriosis
Endometriosis can be a painful gynecological condition that is incurable but can be managed. The syndrome occurs when the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium) grows outside of the uterus (on fallopian tubes, ovaries or along the pelvis.) The uterine lining (endometrium) usually builds up during a woman’s cycle to prepare the uterus for pregnancy. If the follicle (egg) is not fertilized, a signal is sent to reduce progesterone and shed the
uterine lining. Each month the misplaced tissue responds to hormonal changes of your cycle by building up and breaking down, just as if it was happening in the uterus. The same tissue breakdown is also taking place in the uterus as part of the natural cycle. Endometriosis can cause excessive bleeding, internal inflammation, and over time, create scar tissue, lesions or growths. There are a few different theories as to why this occurs. One theory is that during a woman’s cycle, some of the blood and tissue from the uterus travels through the fallopian tube into the abdomen, where it attaches (called retrograde mensuration). Another theory is that for an unknown reason, cells within the body change and mimic cells that are in the uterus. Another possible explanation is that cells from the lining of the uterus travel through blood vessels through the body’s lymphatic system to reach other organs or body areas. Endometriosis can also spread during surgery on the uterus such as during a caesarean where inadvertently some endometriosis cells attach to the abdominal incision and begin to grow outside of the uterus. The stage of a woman’s endometriosis is based on the extent of the endometrial implants outside of the uterus and how many pelvic structures and organs are involved. Symptoms of endometriosis vary but may include pain and unusually excessive menstrual cramps, which may be felt in the abdomen or lower back. Other symptoms include pain during intercourse, abnormal or heavy menstrual flow, painful urination during menstrual periods, painful bowel movements during menstrual periods, infertility, fatigue and other gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea, constipation, and nausea.
What Can You Do to Manage Endometriosis?
Unfortunately, the only way to temporarily treat endometriosis is to remove the buildup of tissue through surgery. However, with no permanent solution, there is a high risk of recurrence. Other options are medical or hormonal therapies or pain medications that have several side effects. Natural therapies can help relieve the pain associated with endometriosis and also reduce lesions and cysts. However, the natural approach does not provide results overnight and can take up to six months of daily commitment before your body starts to respond. The first step is to reduce your body’s inflammatory response, which includes not only consumption of anti-inflammatory foods but daily
supplementation with products such as Natural Factors CurcuminRich, and Natural Factors Chewable Ginger. Together these supplements help to reduce the inflammation on the organs and uterus. Omega 3 fish oils are also recommended as part of your anti-inflammatory regime. Increasing chewable ginger leading up to and during your cycle can also reduce nausea and stomach distress. Anti-oxidants such as NAC (N-acetylcysteine) and Pycnogenol (from pine bark) can help reverse localized tissue damage caused by inflammation and helps reduce pain. NAC also helps increase glutathione, a natural detoxifier that removes toxins and overproduction of natural hormones. Melatonin, a sleep supplement, is also a powerful detoxifier that can help remove excess and harmful estrogens, which can bring the body’s natural hormone response back into balance (recommendation is 10 mg a day for this effect). When hormones are running amok, balance them with products such as Womensense EstroSense – it can increase endometrial tissue. An essential fatty acid in Evening Primrose Oil, called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), is an anti-inflammatory and acts to inhibit tumour growth in those with endometriosis. Another important take away is to increase your dietary fibre or supplemental fibre, as regular bowel movements help to remove excess estrogen from your system as well as reduce overall toxins. Increase your Vitamin B6, as it works with your liver enzymes to help remove excess estrogen from the body. Lastly, keep your liver cleansed with supplements like Mike Thistle or LiverMD to help eliminate excess hormones.
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