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Endometriosis!

Updated: Mar 13



Introduction


Welcome to our blog on endometriosis!

In this article, we will be discussing various aspects of endometriosis, including its symptoms, diet and nutrition tips, the role of functional medicine, ca125 testing, and how to contact make an appointment. Let's dive in!


Understanding Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects millions of women worldwide. It occurs when the tissue that lines the uterus, known as the endometrium, starts growing outside the uterus. This abnormal growth can cause a range of symptoms and complications. The frustrating thing about this condition is that does not always stay within the pelvic area but can appear in other places in the body, such as the bladder, rectum, diaphragm (the muscle near the bottom of your chest). The tissues grown by endometriosis causes adhesions which can make organs difficult to move freely, causing pain and bleeding.


Common Symptoms

If you suspect you may have endometriosis, it's important to be aware of the common symptoms. These can include:





Chronic pelvic pain

Pain during or after sexual intercourse

Heavy or irregular periods

Pain with urination

Pain with bowel movements

Infertility issues

Severe menstrual cramps or pain in your lower belly may begin a week or two before your period.

Cramps may be steady and range from dull to severe.


Diet and Nutrition

Although diet alone cannot cure endometriosis, certain foods and nutrition practices are known to help manage symptoms. Some dietary recommendations for individuals with endometriosis include:


1. Consuming a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins


2. Avoiding processed foods, sugary drinks, and excess caffeine


3. Incorporating anti-inflammatory foods such as fatty fish, turmeric, and green leafy vegetables Click here to download the anti-inflammatory diet.


4. Discussing with a healthcare professional about potential dietary modifications suitable to your needs. Food intolerances and allergies are known to make inflammatory conditions worse, so knowing which foods, drinks and environmental compounds you are sensitive or allergic to, is very helpful. Click here for more information on food intolerance and allergy testing options.


The Role of Herbal Medicine & Nutritional Supplements

Herbal medicine has been used for centuries to alleviate various health conditions, including endometriosis. Many people find relief through the use of certain herbs, such as:




Turmeric

Chamomile

Ginger

Evening primrose

Some well-researched and commonly used herbal prescription blends to treat pain naturally are:


PEA (palmitoylethanolamide)

CBD oil

Boswelia/Jamaican Dogwood/Curcumin blends

White Willow/Flavonoids/Quercetin blends

These supplements plus others are available via a prescription (contact Daisy to discuss which option is best for you)

* Always consult with a qualified healthcare provider before using any herbal remedies to ensure they are safe and appropriate for your individual situation. Some herbs and medications are contra-indicated to take together.


Testing For Endometriosis


There is no 1 test to determine if you have endometriosis. We often use a variety of options. Some of the tests used are:

  1. Ca125 testing is a blood test often used to detect elevated levels of a protein called CA125, which may indicate the presence of endometriosis. While this test is not a definitive diagnosis, it can be a helpful tool in conjunction with other diagnostic methods.

  2. CRP - inflammatory marker (as endometriosis is an inflammatory condition).

  3. Ultrasound scan/MRI/Laparoscopy. This can be arranged by your GP, gynaecologist or you can book privately.

  4. Hormone Profile (endometriosis has been linked to higher oestrogen levels).


How to Make an Appointment

* If you suspect you may have endometriosis

* You would like a Ca125 test or discuss other testing options available

* You need advice after your diagnosis, don't hesitate to reach out


Contact

Phone: 027 348 5361

Online bookings: book here


Conclusion

Endometriosis can significantly impact a woman's quality of life, but with proper management and support, it is possible to minimize symptoms and improve overall well-being. Stay informed, listen to your body, and prioritize self-care.


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