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6th September 2017 01:57 PM

Author: Samantha Farmer

Endometriosis; what it is and how to manage it.

According to 'Endometriosis Uk' 1 in 10 women of reproductive age in the UK suffer from endometriosis and it can take roughly 7 1/2 years to get a diagnosis from onset of symptoms.

As a former sufferer myself, I am familiar with the debilitating symptoms that can present.  I recall the fleeting thought of running a warm bath and slipping under the water to stop the gut wrenching pain, that was severe enough to make me pass out or throw up. A thought that scared me then, and makes me shudder now to realise I considered ending my life for a split second. Yes, it can be that severe.

Let's start with what it is; endometriosis is when the lining of the womb, the endometrium,  migrates, implants and grows outside the womb.  The most common sites it attaches to include the pelvic cavity, fallopian tubes, ovaries, bladder and bowel.  The endometrium is still responsive to hormonal activity during the monthly cycle, and therefore sheds as if in the womb, but unlike in the womb, it has nowhere to go, causing inflammation and pain.

The results of migrated endometrium can include scar tissue, which when  related to the fallopian tubes can block them, or in the case of the ovaries can impact on ovulation, both capable if causing infertility.

Symptoms that relate to endometriosis include painful periods, heavy periods, painful intercourse, painful bowel movements, back & groin pain, fatigue and fertility issues and mood disruption. Some women, however, do not experience any symptoms, but may still be diagnosed with endometriosis.  We are all different.

So what causes endometriosis?  The exact cause is not certain, but possible causes include oestrogen dominance, retrograde menstruation, which is where menstrual blood flows back through the fallopian tubes and into the pelvic cavity, genetics, and immune deficiency.

Although the type of diet has been considered in relation to cause, the methods by which data is recorded are varied and therefore the results less robust. 

My approach as a nutritional therapist would be to ensure good hormone clearance following the monthly cycle, by ensuring good levels of fibre, supporting the liver to detox, managing or eliminating stress that undoubtably disrupts hormone function, a warm bath including Epsom salts and essential oils to aid relaxation and manage pain, gentle exercise, and a diet rich in leafy green vegetables and fermented foods to ensure a good gut environment.

Also consider acupuncture, hypnotherapy, osteopathy and aromatherapy all of which can support you in managing your situation. Give us a call to discuss your personal needs, as we are keen to support you on your journey back to health.

Samantha Farmer is a registered nutritional therapist (CNHC & BANT) with a keen interest in womens health, digestive issues and stress management. Her approach is in line with Functional Medicine, which focuses on the client, looking to re-balance all components that lead to optimum health.

For more information, or to contact Samantha, please see her website

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