Endometriosis

Endometriosis is often an extremely painful disorder where tissue similar to the tissue that grows in the inside of the uterus (endometrium) grows outside the uterus. This typically involves the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and tissue lining the pelvis. Less often, this may also involve the kidneys, intestines, breasts, lungs and/or more.

With Endometriosis the endometrial-like tissue acts like endometrial tissue should. It gets thick, breaks down, and bleeds during every menstrual cycle. Since this tissue has no way to exit, like normal endometrial tissue would, it becomes trapped. This can adhere to other areas of the pelvic regions, irritating it. This can lead to scar tissue formation, causing pelvic tissues and organs to stick to each other.

It is a highly inflammatory disease that is highly influenced by estrogen. This can be extremely painful for the women that suffer from it and the primary symptom is typically pelvic pain that may or may not be associated with menstrual periods.

Symptoms Include:

  • Painful periods (dysmenorrhea)
  • Excessive bleeding (Using > 1 box of feminine products per period)
  • Passing numerous clots larger than a quarter
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Pain with bowel movements or urinating
  • Infertility
  • Irregular Cycles
  • Breast Tenderness
  • Bleeding between periods

Causes May Include:

Undiagnosed Conditions:

  • Abnormal immune responses—Can cause the endometrial tissue to develop in places outside of the uterus.
  • Environmental exposure to endocrine disruptors Including: plastics, fragrances, personal care and household products.
  • Underlying infections—Recent evidence has shown that the gut microbiota can play a role in the development of endometriosis.
  • Cyclical hormonal changes—What causes the cyclical changes in symptoms, hormonal imbalance can cause this to occur
  • Estrogen dominance—Estrogen is what helps to grow the endometrial tissue, so high levels can exacerbate this disease.

Complications May Include:

  • Type II Diabetes
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Infertility
  • Menorrhagia
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Migraines
  • Seizures
  • Depression and/or Anxiety

To make a diagnosis, your doctor may order extensive laboratory testing, perform physical and/or gynecological examination, and an ultrasound. This may also require an MRI to visualize location of endometrial lesions and/or laparoscopy to take a biopsy of abnormal tissues. Your doctor will use this information to create a treatment plan that is specific to YOU.

Treatment Considerations for Endometriosis:

  • Lifestyle changes – exercise habits, diet choices, reducing stress, eliminated environmental toxins
  • Supplementation – Vitamins and minerals tailored to specific needs
  • Reducing Estrogen Levels
    • Progesterone- can help reduce symptoms of high estrogen
    • Chaste Tree- can help increase progesterone production
    • DIM + EGCG- can help with reducing estrogen levels
  • Decreasing Inflammatory Response
    • Curcumin- Helps reduce inflammatory and immune response
    • Boswellia Serrata- Decreases inflammatory cells.
  • Eliminating Infection
    • Antimicrobials- To eliminate bacterial infections
    • Antivirals- To eliminated viral infections
    • Antifungals- To eliminated fungal infections
    • Antiparasitic- To eliminate parasitic infections
  • Detox Body
    • Chelators—To help bind heavy metals
    • High Dose Vitamin Therapy—To facilitate Phase I & II detox pathways in liver
    • Remove offenders!

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