It’s a condition that is often misdiagnosed and sometimes confused with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Women who have PCOS are usually found to have excess androgen hormones and too much insulin.
Is linked to excess oestrogen and 1 in 10 women of reproductive age suffer from it and many only get properly diagnosed due to having problems trying to conceive. Endometriosis is a condition where the tissue that’s typically found inside the uterus grows on the outside of it.
Lesions can grow anywhere but most common:
It is very painful especially before menstruation with extreme pelvic pain other symptoms include bloating, spotting and bleeding between cycles, painful digestion, nausea, cramping, back pain and in other parts of the body, pain during bowel movements, constipation and/or urination (this can lead to UTI’s) and painful sexual intercourse. While pain during menstruation is normal, endometriosis pain is chronic, severe and consistent and periods are normally very heavy and long.
It affects different systems within the body:
Inflammation is a major contributor and can have a huge impact on the gut. The gut microbiome has the ability to impact oestrogen levels and if there is an imbalance of good beneficial bacteria this can cause dysbiosis.
It affects the autoimmune response as it becomes overreactive.
The Liver is responsible for filtering out excess and old hormones from the body, but it may be overloaded with chemicals, toxins, alcohol, medication from modern living which may lead to poor clearance and can affect oestrogen levels and toxins in the body.
Hormone imbalance due to endometriosis is caused by the excess oestrogen levels as they are out of balance with progesterone, this may occur from excess oestrogen or low levels of progesterone or both. Hormone imbalance can be impacted further by stress, environment, lifestyle, life factor, trauma and other health conditions.
5 Tips to help you
Eat healthily– really important to try and cut out as much processed as possible as these induce an inflammatory response in the body. Reduce refined sugar as this increase’s insulin and inflammation in the body which may worsen symptoms
Try and buy organic fruit and vegetables to avoid pesticides which contain dioxins it has not been positively associated with endometriosis; however, these pesticides do interfere with hormonal pathways.
Drink lemon water first thing in the morning help with many of the side effects of endometriosis, such as nausea, indigestion, irritable bowel, constipation and diarrhea. Plus the liver regulates and helps remove oestrogen from the body, if the liver function is compromised, this can contribute to and/or exacerbate endometriosis so drinking lemon water will aid detoxication by acting as a liver cleanser.
Manage your stress levels – so important to take time out for yourself yoga, Pilates, mindfulness, tai chi or meditation.
Avoid plastics such as Bisphenol A (BPA) and try and use glass, stainless steel, silicone or ceramic all of which are good choices. Don’t drink out of plastic water bottles or use a plastic water filter, instead for a sink installed filter instead. Alcohol-based hand cleaners increase BPA absorption through the skin, wash hands with soap and warm water before handling food.Be aware of chemical Phthalates found in household products, beauty products and personal care product such as soaps, shampoos, hair sprays, and nail polishes.
Please do get in touch if you would like some help with this condition.