1 in 10 women may suffer from endometriosis yet over 50% of those women may not know they have it. It typically takes 7-10 years to get a diagnosis and there is currently no cure.
What is endometriosis?
So, what is endometriosis? Endometriosis occurs when cells, similar to those found in the lining of the womb, occur in other areas of the body. It is not yet known why this happens, but hormones and environmental toxins are thought to play a part. There is some scientific evidence to suggest that there could also be an association with autoimmunity as well as a genetic link.
Endometriosis cells are commonly found are in the pelvic cavity and around the bowel, bladder and the ovaries. More rarely, they can have also be found in the lungs and have even in the brain.
These cells follow the reproductive cycle and bleed during menstruation. However, as there is nowhere for the blood to be released, this causes pain and inflammation.
Other symptoms can include: heavy periods, fatigue, vomiting, fatigue, painful sex, bladder and bowel problems and difficulty conceiving. Often conventional treatment is over the counter or prescription pain relief. The contraceptive pill, the coil or other hormone treatments are also sometimes prescribed.
Nutritional Therapy and Endometriosis
In my experience, diet and lifestyle changes along with targeted supplementation can support the management of symptoms.