Endometriosis is a condition in which the uterine lining develops not just inside (which is natural) but also outside the uterus. The tissues that form the outside lining undergo the same process of forming up and breaking down, just like the inside lining during menstruation. Some regular symptoms are heavy period discharge, abdominal pain and infertility.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a chronic recurring condition that affects a woman’s reproductive organs. It happens when the lining cells (the endometrium) of the uterus grow outside of it. Often it is found on, and around, the pelvic and abdominal organs, including the ovaries. About 10% of women (around 176 million worldwide) are affected.
The endometrial tissue cells may:
What causes endometriosis?
We don’t really know what causes endometriosis, and possible causes can vary, but may include:
What are the signs and symptoms?
The symptoms vary from woman to woman. Some have many symptoms where severe pain occurs, others have no symptoms.
Pain is one of the biggest symptoms. This can be pain immediately before and during your period and/or during or after sex. Pain can be felt in the tummy, back, pelvis, with a bowel movement, passing wind or urine, or when you ovulate.
Heavy bleeding can occur with or without clots. Bleeding may be irregular, continue for a long time or you may have spotting before your menstrual period.
Bladder and bowel problems
Bladder and bowel problems may occur, e.g. constipation or diarrhoea, feeling the need to urinate more frequently at different times in your menstrual period, and bloating.
What can you do?
If you think you have endometriosis, see your doctor at the earliest. Don’t delay as early diagnosis and treatment may reduce the severity of the disease. Many women do not get a correct diagnosis for up to 7-10 years, often because the symptoms can be different between women and can change over time.
The right treatment will depend on your symptoms, the severity of the condition and whether you are trying to become pregnant or maintain your ability to have children. Homeopathy treatment is suggested for all the female sexual health related diseases as it is a time-tested medical science. Homeopathic remedies are in use for more than two hundred years and are still are in use with the same efficacy. Unlike allopathic medicines, homeopathy has no side-effects. The primary aim of Homeopathic medicines for endometriosis is to provide symptomatic relief to a patient. In the process, they also treat related issues, majorly infertility arising from inflammation, adhesions and scarring within fallopian tubes.
Managing and treating endometriosis
There is no direct evidence that lifestyle affects endometriosis, however, it is important to remain as healthy as possible. To function optimally, the body needs a diet that focuses on increasing the intake of nutrients and reducing the burden on the body. We are aware that most illnesses respond positively to a healthy balanced diet and Endometriosis is no exception. Endometriosis can be triggered by a combination of factors including hormonal imbalances (oestrogen dominance), stress and nutritional deficiencies. Hence, a multi-factorial approach is the best way to tackle it. Outlined below are a few steps that will ensure that your body gets all the right nutrients to enable it to fight its own battles.