Endometriosis Awareness Month
March is Endometriosis Month and we would like to bring awareness to this painful condition that affects an estimated 200 million women worldwide. Endometriosis is most known for the debilitating pain it can cause during a woman's menstrual cycle. Unfortunately, for some women the pain can also start weeks before and may be in other locations, such as the abdomen or rectum. The pain may cause patients to be bedridden for days at a time. Endometriosis is a common cause of infertility. It can also cause extreme fatigue throughout the entire month. Excessive bleeding associated with Endometriosis may lead to anemia, which in itself can cause fatigue.
The diagnosis of Endometriosis can be made by pelvic ultrasound. However, sometimes the diagnosis must be made by symptoms alone. Conventional treatments for Endometriosis include medications to suppress the reproductive hormones, which may have unpleasant side effects mimicking menopause. Surgery to scrape away any visible endometrial tissue is another option. Neither of these treatments are long lasting and the endometriosis tissue usually returns.
Fortunately, there are successful natural treatments for this condition. A combination of naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and/or Craniosacral therapy can usually help to relieve the symptoms within a few months. We have treated many women with endometriosis over our 13 years here at WNHA and many have gone on to have successful pregnancies. Please reach out if you would like further information.