Endometriosis is a common gynaecologic disorder which affects at least 1 in 10 women of reproductive age. This is an inflammatory disease process whereby endometrial tissue (which normally lines the uterus and is shed each month as menstrual fluid) makes its way into the pelvic cavity instead.
In the pelvic cavity, the endometrial tissue attaches to other tissues and organs to cause inflammation, severe pain, infertility, ovarian cysts, scarring, nausea and vomiting, leg pains, pain during ovulation and intercourse, stool variation such as diarrhoea and constipation to name a few.
There are many causative factors which can lead to endometriosis, including:
- Hormone imbalance, particularly of high oestrogen and low progesterone levels
- Immune system dysfunction, or low immune system activity
- Genetics and family history
- Bacterial infections and bacterial endotoxins
- Autoantibodies, or antibodies to specific tissues
- Or other factors.
There is a recent belief in many published studies that endometriosis may actually be an autoimmune condition, as the condition shares many common factors with accepted autoimmune diagnoses, and can co-exist with other autoimmune conditions.
The modern medicine approach to endometriosis is limited to surgery for diagnosis and surgery with hormone therapy for management. But neither address the root causes of the condition. Diagnosis requires laparoscopy (keyhole) surgery by a specialist, and if endometriosis is found, an excision surgeon specialist is needed to remove the endometrial lesions and any adhesions.
But can anything be done naturally to prevent or treat endometriosis? Yes!
Prevention of endometriosis is key, especially if you have a family history of this condition. Natural treatments of endometriosis focus on the root causes, and will include:
- Balancing hormones
- Improving immune system function
- Reducing inflammation
- Antimicrobial treatments
- And other holistic treatments as necessary.
For personalised support to treat endometriosis or related hormone or autoimmune conditions, book a consultation and treatment with Marianne at www.passion4health.com.au or call the clinic on 07 3800 1993.