Endometriosis can cause women significant pain and can even affect fertility. It’s important that you work with your gynaecologist if you are seeing a natural medicine practitioner as well.
Originally it was thought that endometriosis was an estrogen dependent condition, however new evidence and research are emerging, that while estrogen plays a part, there is a lot more to this tricky condition then first thought.
The immune system is often activated in women with endometriosis. If you are constantly getting colds/ flu’s and are under the weather, then this may be a good place to start. By using a “cytokine panel” (cytokines are part of your immune system and activated by different invaders), a good indication of where to look for why your immune system is activated may be of benefit. This may help to reduce inflammation. The more inflammation that can be reduced, the easier the period pain.
Other research is showing that endometriosis is associated with high Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF). VEGF helps to increase the growth of the endometrium. Some herbs and nutrients have been shown to lower VEGF, while some forms of vitamin D (1,25) enhance it.
While this complex disease is not curable, natural medicine can help to play a role in managing symptoms. This is always done in conjunction with your gynaecologist.
Talk to our naturopath to see how we may be able to help you. Call us on 1300 21 44 25.