Could You Have Endometriosis and Not Know It?Lisanne Wellness Center
Do you often feel crippling pain during your menstrual cycle? After sex, is your lower abdomen tied in knots? Do you have heavy, long periods or irregular bleeding? If any of this sounds familiar, you may have endometriosis and not know it.
Endometriosis occurs when the endometrium-like tissue that lines the uterus is shed during menstruation, grows outside it, usually on the ovaries, fallopian tubes and tissue surrounding the uterus, causing pain, tissue scarring and sometimes fertility problems.The tissue responds to the menstrual cycle hormones by thickening and shedding, but as it’s outside the uterus, it has no way of leaving the body, causing it to remain inside the body resulting in pain, inflammation and sometimes scar tissue.Diagnosis ranges from mild cases to severe cases, and is based on the type, amount and location of adhesions/scar tissue and endometrium-like tissue in the pelvic region.
There is no consensus on what exactly causes endometriosis; theories range from dysfunctions in the immune system to genetics to environmental toxins. There is currently no cure, but there are ways to manage and treat both the pain and discomfort it causes, as well as associated fertility issues. These treatments range from dietary changes to surgery and IVF in more extreme cases. Natural and holistic techniques generally center on reducing inflammation, improving circulation, and breaking up adhesions in the pelvic area. To help achieve this, you can try a variety of techniques.
Eat Anti-inflammatory foods
As endometriosis can cause inflammation, reducing the inflammation in your body will help to reduce pain. Foods associated with inflammation include dairy, processed food, caffeine, carbohydrates, and refined sugars, so avoid these triggers as much as possible. Instead, focus on anti-inflammatory foods like green leafy vegetables, broccoli, pineapple, bone broth, turmeric, ginger, and blueberries. Since diet plays such an important role in managing endometriosis symptoms, it’s important to put some energy into this step. If you’d like some help, feel free to contact us and schedule an individual nutrition consultation.
Try Castor Oil
Castor oil has anti-inflammatory properties and can help soothe your abdomen and reduce pain. Simply apply a few drops over the abdomen and cover with a warm compress to help reduce pain.
Amp up the Omega-3 Fatty Acids
A diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids has been linked with a lower occurrence of endometriosis. What’s more, women who eat a lot of trans-fast have a higher risk of the disease. So, swap out your trans-fats for healthy omega-3s. Food sources of omega-3 fatty acids include cold water fish like salmon, sardines, trout, and tuna. You can also get a healthy dose from walnuts, flaxseed, and pumpkin seeds. If you don’t get enough of these foods in your diet, you can take a supplement like OmegaPure RX.
Get a Massage
Massage therapy can be used to both reduce pain and manage the stress of endometriosis. Try a soothing Swedish massage rather than a deep tissue or sports massage, which will likely only increase the pain. Massages can help to break up adhesions, improve circulation, and even help correctly reposition a tilted uterus.
Treating your endometriosis can feel overwhelming. You may feel like you have to do everything at once. Just remember that, like anything, managing the symptoms of endometriosis takes time and some trial and error to learn what works for you. If you’d like assistance with a treatment plan, contact Lisanne Wellness Center at 713-461-WELL. We can help you manage the pain and frustration of endometriosis with a healthy diet and lifestyle modifications.