Definition: The lining of the uterus, the endometrium, which is normally confined to that organ has grown and even menstruates within the pelvic cavity surrounding the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. This may result in fibrosis and adhesions within the area. The fibrosis may also enshroud the ovaries in such a way to prevent an ovum from being released.
This “outcast” endometrial tissue responds to monthly cycles of oestrogens and progesterone in the same way as normal endometrial tissue within the uterus by swelling with blood during the month and then bleeding at the time of menses. Endometriosis causes severe pain that commences prior to menstruation and does not subside until after menstruation.
Endometriosis is one of the most common causes of female infertility.
So what causes endometriosis? Elevated oestrogen levels or oestrogenic activity is suspected of causing endometriosis. Other contributing factors are environmental toxins, xenoestrogens and some drugs. Environmental toxins include herbicides and pesticides such as dioxins, DDT, bisphenols and resorcinol. Other toxins include formaldehyde with the Oral Contraceptive Pill and other forms of hormone replacement therapy also raising oestrogen levels. With so many factors influencing a woman’s hormone levels, added stress is placed on the liver and other detoxification organs. More recent research seems to be linking endometriosis to other auto-immune conditions.
The naturopathic approach considers the underlying causes and contributing factors to endometriosis and the often related fibroids. Where possible, exposure to toxins should be reduced or eliminated. The body’s natural processes are then supported to enable elimination of the toxic oestrogen thereby regaining balanced hormones and optimal reproductive function.
Saliva or urine tests may be used to assess hormone levels. Blood pathology may provide information to help assess liver and kidney function as both these organs play a pivotal role in eliminating toxic substances from the body.
If you, or someone you know, has been diagnosed with endometriosis and told there is nothing that can be done, please give me a call on 07 5530 1863 to make an appointment.