Endometriosis is a condition where endometrial tissue is present in sites outside the uterine cavity such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, peritoneum, bowel, bladder and the uterine ligaments.
The endometrium is a tissue layer of the uterus that thickens during the menstrual cycle and is shed at period time. If this tissue is present in otherparts of the body, it is influenced by hormones, and will thicken and shed, but cannot be released from the body. This may result in pain, swelling and scarring and may cause damage that my contribute to infertility.
Women with endometriosis have higher levels of prostaglandins and leukotrienes which adversely affect ovulation, fertilisation, embryo development and motility of the Fallopian tubes.
Signs and symptoms
- Pelvic pain
- Irregular or changed menses
- Pain with intercourse
- Abdominal bloating
- Back pain
- Painful periods
- Bowel changes, diarrhoea, bleeding
- Difficulty conceiving
Conventional medical treatment usually involves either continual use of the contraceptive pill, or surgical ablation of abnormal tissue.
Herbal medicine can offer some hope to women who suffer with endometriosis. Dietary changes, liver detoxification, hormone balancing herbs and supplements to assist with pain and inflammation can make a significant difference in managing this debilitating condition. Those wishing for pregnancy can also be assisted with naturopathic support. For further information or appointment contact us via the contact page.
POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME (PCOS)
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that develops because the woman’s body produces too many androgens. It is characterised by the growth of many small cysts on the ovaries, which are not harmful, but lead to hormone imbalances.
In PCOS, the ovaries start making slightly more androgens which cause you to stop ovulating, get acne, and grow extra facial and body hair. The body may have a problem using insulin, (insulin resistance) causing blood sugar levels go up, increasing your chances of getting diabetes.
Early diagnosis and treatment is helpful to control the symptoms and prevent long-term complications.
Signs & Symptoms of PCOS
- irregular or absent periods
- polycystic ovaries – diagnosed by ultrasound
- pelvic pain
- hirsutism – excess or dark body and facial hair
- high levels of testosterone
- insulin resistance
- infertility due to lack of ovulation
- acne, oily skin
- weight gain, obesity
- type 2 diabetes
- dark brown/black skin on the neck, arms, breasts or thighs
Natural remedies, dietary changes such as increasing low GI foods in the diet and herbal treatments can be very useful to control symptoms, regulate the periods and assist with fertility.
A naturopathic women’s health assessment by our experienced health practitioner may provide further information and alternative ways to manage this condition. Contact via our page or alternatively phone for an appointment today.
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