Endometriosis is a chronic condition caused by endometrial cells that grow and spread outside the uterus, extending to the fallopian tubes, ovaries or the pelvic lining. It’s a common condition that affects 10% to 15% of women nationwide. Fortunately, endometriosis is treatable. Endometriosis treatment, natural or prescribed, is very effective especially when the disease is diagnosed early.
Endometriosis is a benign disease, but the condition is progressive and the symptoms get worse with every menstrual cycle. Because the implants are made of the same material that is discharged during menstruation, these implants also break up and find ways to be discharged out of the body. Implants that discharge from unnatural locations are what cause endometriosis symptoms like internal bleeding, inflammation, chronic pelvic pain, and formation of cysts and scar tissue as a result. In fact, nearly 9 out of 10 women that experience chronic pelvic pain are likely to have endometriosis.
Natural endometriosis treatment works best when diagnosed early. Here are possible signs and symptoms you should look for if you suspect you have endometriosis.
- Painful menstrual periods. Pain in the pelvic area and cramping may begin even before the period and may last for several days after the onset of the monthly period.
- Chronic pain on the pelvic, lower abdomen, and lower back area. It is also known to cause sciatica or nerve pain in the legs.
- Abnormally heavy menstrual discharge during or in between periods.
- Intense sharp pain during intercourse, bowel movement, urination and/or ovulation.
- Constipation, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea, and/or vomiting
- Infertility. Endometriosis can trap the fertilized egg due to adhesions.
- Gastrointestinal symptoms
When you experience one or more of this symptoms you should seek medical attention right away to get an accurate diagnosis. Once you are diagnosed, here are a few things you can do to help reduce the symptoms and treat endometriosis naturally:
- Avoid or reduce your intake of harmful chemicals. Studies show that constant exposure to chemicals like dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) can contribute to the occurrence and severity of endometriosis. Avoid using items that contain these chemicals like plastic food containers and plastic water bottles. Another way to minimize your intake of harmful chemicals is to go for organic meat, dairy, and poultry when consuming meat. Commercially grown and harvested animal fat, high fat dairy products, red meat, and fish have significant levels of dioxins and PCBs due to exposure to pesticides and chemicals.
- Eat foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids have anti inflammatory properties that can slow the growth of endometrial tissue. Omega 3 can be found in fishes like salmon, tuna, marlin, anchovies and sardines. You can also get your omega 3 from fish oil capsules, nuts or flaxseed oil if you don’t like fish.
- Add more vegetables and fiber on your diet. Vegetables have antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and nutrients that can help detoxify the body and reduce inflammation. Vegetables also help in the proper metabolism of estrogen, which can help alleviate symptoms.
- Reduce stress. Stress and anxiety can exacerbate the symptoms. A healthy body and mind will alleviate the symptoms and can accelerate endometriosis treatment.
Endometriosis treatment, natural or otherwise, works best when done under the supervision of your doctor. So make sure to consult your doctor as soon as you experience the symptoms and to work with your doctor in creating a treatment plan that works best for you.
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