Endometriosis is a complex hormonal disease affecting millions of women of child bearing age. Before I discuss the natural treatment for endometriosis, here is a definition.
Endometriosis can be defined as when the lining of the womb grows in places other than the womb. In other words, the endometrial cells have spread to areas in the body where those kinds of cells are not supposed to be.
Areas where they are not supposed to be include the fallopian tubes, ovaries, bowel, bladder, pelvic organs, and colon. Most times it can be found between vagina and rectum and the sides of the pelvic cavity. Endometrial growths have also been found in the heart, eyes, lungs, or knee but this is less common.
To become pregnant despite having endometriosis requires a detailed understanding of the degree to which it may affect your fertility levels. To achieve this, you should get your doctor to perform a laparoscopy, which is basically an inserted tube through which they can see through a small incision. This condition is more common in women above the age of 30 who have had no children. So the longer you wait to have children, the longer the infertility and the inability to conceive will be as the risk of endometriosis rises.
Symptoms of endometriosis
Pelvic pain is one of the most common symptoms of Endometriosis. The pelvic pain of Endometriosis can be excruciating and debilitating for many women. It may be experienced constantly or may be related solely to the menstrual period. Pain can be brought on by certain activities such as walking, standing too long etc or it may occur unpredictably
For many women, but not everyone, the pain of endometriosis can unfortunately be so severe and debilitating that it impacts on her life significant ways. Pain may be experienced in the following circumstances.
- Pain before and during periods
- Pain with intercourse
- General, chronic pelvic pain throughout the month
- Low back pain
- Heavy and/or irregular periods
- Painful bowel movements, especially during menstruation
- Painful urination during menstruation
Other symptoms may include:
- Low grade fevers
- Susceptibility to infections, allergies
- diarrhoea or constipation
- abdominal bloating
- heavy or irregular bleeding
It should be noted that some women with endometriosis have no symptoms whatsoever, some experience only mild symptoms, and others experience debilitating pain and other symptoms stated above.
The other well known symptom associated with endometriosis is infertility. It is estimated that 30-40% of women with endometriosis are subfertile.
Causes of endometriosis.
Most researchers agree that endometriosis is exacerbated by estrogens dominance. As a result, most of the current treatments for endometriosis attempt to temper estrogens production in a woman’s body in order to relieve their symptoms. At the moment there are no conventional treatments, which successfully cure endometriosis. However, you can use lifestyle changes to correct the hormonal imbalances.