Is there a link between Endometriosis and your Period?

Recently I have notice quite severe pain when I am on my period and guess what i did...of course googled 👀 it. That's when I came across Endometriosis. At first I was a bit scared and nervous 😱 but doing some research I got to know what it is, how is it caused and what are the temporary remedies for it. I've gathered together highlights of my journey into the story of Endometriosis.

Before dwelling into more detail, lets talk facts. Did you know:

1) Endometriosis affects an estimated 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years (i.e. usually between the ages of 15 to 49), which is approximately 176 million women in the world, 2 million women in UK and so far there is no permanent cure for it.

So as to answer what is endometeroisis, check out this 2 min video by mayoclinic. Its an AMAZING video and well worth a watch.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/endometriosis/multimedia/cause-of-endometriosis/vid-20084750 👀
2) The cause of Endometriosis is still unknown. However one theory is that the Endometrial tissue is deposited in unusual locations by the retrograde flow of menstrual debris through the Fallopian tubes into the pelvic and abdominal cavities. The cause of this retrograde menstruation is not clearly understood yet. So its thought that your menses causes endometeriosis (thats the theory for now). It also rare after menopause, for obvious reasons. 

But how do you know if you have Endometriosis? Here are few things that might help you to identify what are the symptoms of Endometriosis:

1) Very painfull abdominal cramps and back pain especially during your period.
2) Painful bowel movements
3) Painful urination, especially during periods
4) Painful, irregular or heavy bleeding during periods
5) Bleeding between periods
6) Painful sex
7) Difficulty becoming pregnant
8) Fatigue

Now can you see it is one, bloody painful condition that approximately 176 million women go through every month. So please give them some space, love and care esp. during their period.

But there are some things that you SHOULD NOT worry about.

Endometriosis is not a cancer and does not increase a woman's risk of uterine or other cancers. It is also not an infection and is not contagious.

Now the big question is there a solution or remedy?

As I mention above currently there is no cure for endometriosis, but there are treatment options for pain and infertility related to endometriosis. The treatments provided by health care often depends on your age, severity, symptoms and fertility requirements.

However, not all treatments work well for all women with Endometriosis. There is always the chance that the Endometriosis symptoms may return after the treatment is stopped or, in the case of surgery, as more time passes since the procedure.

The treatment and remedies can be categorised into four groups; 

Pain medication  : This treatment  is usually used when the symptoms are mild. The most common used medication includes painkillers such as ibuprofen, which are pain relieving drugs that interact directly with the nervous system.

Hormone Therapy : Hormones also can be effective in treating the symptoms of endometriosis. Surprisingly hormones come in all forms

  1. a pill, 
  2. a shot or injection, and 
  3. also as nasal spray. 
Some of the commons ones are Oral contraceptives, or birth control pills. Progesterone and progestin, taken as a pill, by injection, or through an intrauterine device (IUD), improve symptoms by reducing a woman's period or stopping it completely. This also prevents pregnancy. 

    Surgical treatment: Research shows that some surgical treatments can provide significant, although short-term, pain relief from endometriosis, so health care providers may recommend surgery to treat severe pain from endometriosis. Some of which includes;

    1. Laparoscopy
    2. Laparotomy
    3. Surgery to sever pelvic nerves.

    Holistic and homeopathic medicine: Now if you are holistic person and prefer homeopathic medication then there are some natural treatment and remedies for Endometriosis 

    For example simple dietary changes or nutrient support change your diet to minimise xenoestrogen exposure. Try and eliminate nonorganic dairy products, beef, and chicken because organic foods contain no added growth hormones. Increase nutrient-rich foods, especially cruciferous vegetables (broccoli cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, and bok choy), soy, cold-water fish (small fish when possible) and fiber, all of which support hormonal balance and help clear extra estrogen from the body.

    Emotional healing: I don't know if you have heard about Red tent. Now this is an ideal space if you would like some form of emotional healing. The Red Tent Temple Movement is a place for women to meet each other and at the very same time take care of ourselves and one another. 

    Alternative therapies such as acupuncture (using fine needles to pierce the skin at strategic points and relieve pain) and phytotherapy (the use of plants and plant extracts for healing).

    This is not medical advice but a collection of resources i have found useful. If you are suffering any of the symptoms mentioned above make sure to speak to a medical professional such as your GP and there are more useful resources on https://www.endometriosis-uk.org

    1. https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/endometri/conditioninfo/Pages/treatment.aspx#treatments
    2. http://www.webmd.com/women/endometriosis/endometriosis-causes#1-5
    3. http://endometriosis.org/resources/articles/facts-about-endometriosis/
    4. https://www.bupa.co.uk/health-information/directory/e/endometriosis
    5. https://www.netmums.com/coffeehouse/advice-support-40/ttc-support-fertility-conception-difficulties-39/610855-endometriosis-ttc-all.html
    6. https://womeninbalance.org/2012/10/26/xenoestrogens-what-are-they-how-to-avoid-them/