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Endometriosis

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Endometriosis can affect women of any age. It is estimated to affect as many as one in 10 women worldwide.

Surrounding tissue can become irritated, eventually developing scar tissue and adhesions — abnormal bands of fibrous tissue that can cause pelvic tissues and organs to stick to each other. Endometriosis can cause pain — sometimes severe — especially during menstrual periods. Fertility problems also may develop.

If you would like to talk about the symptoms or treatments for Endometriosis book an appointment with Vala for advice.

Symptoms

Most women with endometriosis have no symptoms. However, when women do experience signs and symptoms of endometriosis they may include:

  • Painful periods (dysmenorrhea). Pelvic pain and cramping may begin before and extend several days into a menstrual period. You may also have lower back and abdominal pain.
  • Pain with intercourse. Pain during or after sex is common with endometriosis.
  • Pain with bowel movements or urination. You're most likely to experience these symptoms during a menstrual period.
  • Excessive bleeding. You may experience occasional heavy menstrual periods or bleeding between periods (intermenstrual bleeding).
  • Infertility. Sometimes, endometriosis is first diagnosed in those seeking treatment for infertility.

Other symptoms

  • Lower abdominal pain,
  • Diarrhea and/or constipation,
  • Low back pain,
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Irregular or heavy menstruation,
  • Painful urination, or bloody urine (particularly during menstruation).

Tips to Help Fight Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a long-term condition that can have a significant impact on your life, but there are treatments that can help.

There is no cure for endometriosis, and surgical or medical treatments remain the most effective methods of managing the condition.

However, making dietary changes is a complementary approach that may help some women manage their symptoms.

Keep in mind that just as symptoms of the disease vary from person to person, treatments that work best for one woman may not be right for another.

  • Increase Your Intake of Omega-3 Fats
  • Avoid Trans Fats
  • Cut Down on Red Meat
  • Eat Plenty of Fruits, Vegetables and Whole Grains
  • Limit Caffeine and Alcohol
  • Cut down on Processed Foods
  • Try a Gluten-Free or Low-FODMAP Diet
  • Soy May Be Beneficial

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