If you visit a GP or Gynecologist, the medical approaches offered are generally one of two options: Drugs or surgery. The drugs prescribed are oral contraceptive pills to supply the body with synthetic hormones to induce a pharmacological menopausal state…less than ideal if you don't react well to the pill or are planning a baby. This means that they suppress ovulation and aim to reduce menstrual flow and the theory goes, reduce further lesion stimulation. The most common surgical procedure is a laparoscopy, which is aiming to remove the endometrial lesions and cysts. Laparoscopy is considered the gold standard regarding as a diagnostic tool, meaning that at the same time as the diagnosis is made, the surgical removal of lesions can also be completed. Occasionally microsurgery might need to be undertaken to remove adhesions from fallopian tubes or walls of the pelvic cavity. The surgery is a somewhat invasive approach, and many women have reported still experiencing pain post-surgery, sometimes more severe than before. Surgery offers no guarantees.
Previously it was thought that hormonal correction should be the primary focus of treatment, due to the oestrogen sensitivity of the endometrial lesions, this is no longer the core approach from a functional medicine perspective- as we understand that endometriosis is a multifaceted condition, so the path to treatment should be multidimensional as well. Taking a new approach to therapy for Endometriosis offers unique opportunities to explore the disease, and this means that treatment will differ from patient to patient depending on their symptoms:
A New Approach to Treatment
Taking a new approach to the treatment of endometriosis can be an excellent opportunity to seek advice from a functional medicine naturopathic practitioner. As a guide, the following interventions are supported by the current literature, making them appropriate considerations for use. Moving forward, a new approach to take towards treating endometriosis can, and should at least target one of the following. Ultimately any program should be tailored to the individual.
The inflammatory nature of the condition is primarily responsible for the pain experienced. However, the severity of the pain itself is not a clear indication of the seriousness of the disease. Women with severe endometriosis might present with minimal pain, whereas a woman with intense, debilitating pain may only have a mild case. Specific herbal and nutritional mediciness, as well as modified diet and lifestyle, can significantly reduce the discomfort and promote quality of life for those suffering.
When it comes to enhancing immune function, the gut is always of primary focus. The immune response to endometriosis is not too dissimilar to other common autoimmune conditions each with intestinal hyperpermeability at their core.
Balancing hormones can be done through two mechanisms.
One is to support the body’s detoxification pathways, i.e., through liver and bowel, to assist in the clearance of estrogen, and
Two is to provide nutrient cofactors that increase cellular sensitivity to progesterone.
Reducing Oxidative Stress
Oxidative stress occurs through some processes and is a crucial area of treatment targeting. The accumulation of iron within the pelvic region, environmental toxin exposure and the high estrogen/estrogen excess, are all are significant contributors to this (10).
There is a lot to consider when it comes to endometriosis that can leave both practitioners and patients feeling overwhelmed. For those suffering from this condition, it’s strongly advised to seek out care from a specialist naturopathic clinicals with a lot of experience with this condition. Considering functional medicine can be of great benefit, as this approach finds and treats the YOU as an individual and not just the disease.
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Find out what FIVE CLUES you can use today to know if your cycle is “normal”.
March is the month to educate and empower women with endometriosis, who are often suffering in silence, often unaware that their symptoms are caused by endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a disease where tissue (similar but not the same as the tissue lining the uterus) grows in other areas of the body – most commonly on the bladder, bowel, ovaries, fallopian tubes and the wall of the pelvis. It has also been found on almost every other organ in the body.