READ ME: What is endometriosis?
Have you been diagnosed with endometriosis recently? Do you feel confused and not know what is happening to you? Don't worry...you're not alone. Here’s a brief intro to everything I wish I had of known (in layman’s language).
Endometriosis is the second most common gynaecological (i.e. women’s specific) complaint recognized affecting two out of ten women.
It can often take as long as 10 years for a woman to get an actual diagnosis of endometriosis. Endometriosis can only be diagnosed by laparoscopy which is keyhole surgery performed through the belly button. It cannot be definitely diagnosed by MRI scan because it sometimes simply cannot be seen.
The term "endometriosis" quite simply means that cells that are supposed to only grow within the womb grow elsewhere.
Unfortunately there is no clear theory as to why this exactly happens. There are a number of theories, which I cover in the blog post "What causes endometriosis?"
The endometrium which is a nutrient rich tissue (basically your period before it sheds) is designed to support a fertilized egg (it’s food for it until it can be supported by the placenta) and should only grow inside the womb but for some reason these endometrial cells travel to other areas around the body and grow.
Female hormones namely oestrogen and progesterone both affect the growth of the endometrium.
Unfortunately our bodies can’t tell the difference between the endometrial cells inside and outside our womb and when we produce oestrogen and progesterone both the cells within the womb and outside the womb grow regardless of if they are in the right place of not. Its these misplaced cells that cause the symptoms that come along with endometriosis.
These rogue cells are often found in other places in the abdomen but have also been found in places such as the lungs and the brain!
Endometriosis symptoms in women vary but these are the most common:
Painful periods, infertility, pelvic pain, IBS type issues (for example bloating, constipation, diarrhoea) painful intercourse, fatigue amongst others.
Painful periods are usually the most common symptom but it’s important to know that some women with endometriosis do not experience painful periods.
Unfortunately there is currently no cure for endometriosis but there is a lot we can do for ourselves to help manage the symptoms of endometriosis.
I know from experience the effect optimum nutrition and lifestyle strategies can have on endometriosis symptoms.
In my opinion there is no such thing as an “endometriosis diet” that can be applied to everyone.
We are all different physiologically, have different nutrient requirements and all have different factors that may be triggering inflammation in the body.
It is important to support all systems of the body but most notably the digestive, immune and endocrine systems in order to support optimum digestion of nutrients to support healthy cell growth, ensure our immune system is well supported and that we are producing healthy hormones at the right times.
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