Do you suffer from painful periods, painful intercourse or infertility? You are not alone!
You may be living with endometriosis, in which tissue normally found inside the uterine cavity is found in other regions of the body, most typically on the ovaries, fallopian tubes or pelvic ligaments. Endometrial tissue can migrate to other parts of the body, and can be found on the bladder or colon causing urinary or digestive issues. Because this tissue responds to the cyclic variations in estrogen, symptoms may fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle.
The most typical presentation is a woman age 25-35, who describes dull or crampy pain starting 1-2 days before the menses begins, continuing throughout the menstrual cycle, and lasting even after the cycle has finished. Sometimes the pain is described as sharp or burning. But symptoms can be vague and difficult to pinpoint, including heavy periods, painful sex, low back pain, pelvic pressure, bladder and bowel dysfunction.
Endometriosis is thought to be caused by some interplay of immune function, hormones within the body and environmental toxins including exogenous estrogens. Symptoms of pain are caused by inflammatory changes and nervous system imbalance. Sub fertility is caused by anatomic distortions related to adhesive tissue and their chemical constituents. Weirdly, the amount of endometrial tissue found outside the uterus does not really correlate with the intensity of symptoms.
Since women’s health has historically been overlooked and undertreated, many women have been told, “It’s all in your head.” But here at Nature Cures Clinic, we know it’s not! Also because the symptoms of endometriosis can be attributed to other causes, the average delay in diagnosis is 7-12 years. But you don’t need to suffer quietly.
In our practice, we use the best of Eastern AND Western medicine, specifically tailored to the individual. One size does not fit all! We look at environmental factors affecting health, current hormone status, liver health, diet, stress level and other health concerns. We consider lifestyle modifications, herbs, supplements, acupuncture and we also utilize pharmacological management, including bio-identical hormones, conventional hormones and other medications.
We want you to feel good and we are here to help!
Linda Anzalone, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Nature Cures Clinic