Endometriosis is a disease where the tissue that ordinarily develops in the inner layer of the uterine wall deposits on the outside of the uterus. The tissue forms cysts that are found in the ovaries, uterine ligaments, fallopian tubes, colon, urethra, vagina, and bladder. The biggest symptom of endometriosis is PAIN! Many women who report having horrible pain during menstruation sexual intercourse, and ovulation. Pain during menstruation is normal- but when the pain is unbearable, you bloat up really bad, or you are having problems with fertility you might have endometriosis. If you suspect that you have this, contact your gynecologist right away and talk with her about what you are feeling and see what she says. She will probably order tests and prescribe oral contraceptives, synthetic progesterone, or natural progesterone. A common treatment and way to diagnose endometriosis is by having a procedure done called a laparascopy, this is when a doctor uses a instrument called a laparascope and removes the endometriosis with a laser or other surgical tool. The only set back is that endometriosis can grow back.
Endometriosis is usually hereditary. If you are diagnosed with it- ask around in your family and find out if your mother, grandmother, aunts, and cousins have it. If they do then let your gynecologist know.
Although it is unknown why endometriosis grows, there are some alternative ways to treat it besides taking prescription drugs or along side of prescription drugs. One thing you can do immediately is change your diet. Cut out the soda, caffeinated beverages, trans fats, milk chocolate, and high fat foods. Stick to a low fat diet that is rich in antioxidants (fruits and veggies) Be sure to have healthy fats like salmon and nuts. Also try to get limit of the soy in your diet. I'm talking about soy milk, tofu, etc. It you want to have edamame go ahead- but limit it. I would even recommend cutting dairy out of your diet for the most part. There are a lot of growth hormones added to our milk, cheese, and other dairy products. If you want to have dairy be sure to read the labels and do your research. Be sure that it is organic and hormone free.
There are also some herbs that are beneficial in relieving the symptoms of endometriosis. Alfalfa capsules will provide vitamin k- which allows for normal clotting of menstrual blood. You can take 1,000-2,000 mg daily. Drinking 2-3 cups of green tea is beneficial in reducing the formation of new endometrial cysts. Green Tea is also great for your skin, giving you energy, and detoxing your system from all the unhealthy foods that you eat. Jurubeba is known for restoring your periods back to normal and relieving the menstrual pain. You can take 1,000-2,000 mg capsules daily. Vitex when taking in a tincture, increases natural progesterone secretion. Also wild yam- the root of wild yam has anti-inflammatory properties that is very helpful in relaxing uterine spasms. Most people take 2, 400 mg capsules a day. Yarrow is also something that is beneficial in reducing inflammation, relax cramps, and arrest excessive bleeding. If you are pregnant you should not take yarrow. You should have 3/4 tsp of yarrow tincture in a little bit of water three times a day- start it 10 days before menstruation and then discontinue for 2 weeks after your period ends.
*If you are not sure exactly how your cycle works, there are apps for that for many smart phones. You can track your period, symptoms, and it will even tell you when you are fertile and ovulating. The app I use on the iPhone is called period diary and it is free!
**If you want more information about endometriosis, diagnosis, treatment, support, or good doctors in your area to seek out, please feel free to contact me at anytime. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Kellaway AADP, CHC
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My name is Jes! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about! I am the owner of an organic, chemical free skin care product line, called HBC Organics.