This is a common condition with symptoms that may include chronic pelvic pain, pain during intercourse and/or menstruation, and infertility. Many women with endometriosis are asymptomatic.
What causes it? It is unknown what exactly causes Endometriosis however genetics and hormonal imbalances may play a role.
What are my treatment options?
Conventional approaches: The most common medical treatments include relief of pain using analgesics, combined oral contraceptives or progesterone (oral or injectable).
Natural alternative or complimentary options: Endometriosis may be caused by imbalances between the body's estrogen to progesterone ratio and so hormone testing can be very helpful. Very often, Salivary hormone testing is the preferred form (vs blood hormone testing) because it identifies how the hormones are functioning as well as their long term status vs. blood tests which only show the amount of hormone that is present in the blood stream at that moment in time. Salivary testing is performed by the naturopathic doctors at Kleinburg Integrative Health. Once the hormone levels are determined, if necessary, natural medicines and supplements can be selected to bring them back into proper balance.
Proper nutrition is also an important element in the treatment of hormonally-related concerns. Both the Holistic Nutritionist and Naturopathic Doctors at Kleinburg Integrative Health can work with you to improve your diet and get on the right path to better hormonal health.
Acupuncture can also be effective in the management of cyclical pain and other PMS symptoms.
Reference: MD Consult