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Pelvic pain, heavy bleeding during menstrual cycles, pain during sex – these can all be indicators that you have endometriosis. This common condition, affecting 10% of women, can cause serious pain and can also cause fertility issues. We’re here to help you find a natural way to alleviate those negative symptoms affecting your life by designing a treatment plan that addresses your goals, whether that’s less pain or increased fertility.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is when tissue that would normally stay in the uterus travels outside of that boundary, into fallopian tubes, ovaries, tissue lining the pelvis, and sometimes beyond the pelvic region. This tissue sheds during a menstrual cycle, which can cause serious pain as well as fertility issues.
How Do You Know If You Have Endometriosis?
There are a number of symptoms that can indicate endometriosis. Painful periods, pain during sexual intercourse, pain during urination or bowel movements, excessive bleeding during menstrual cycles, and infertility are common indicators of endometriosis.
Try to track your menstrual cycle – how long it is, level of pain, amount of bleeding, etc. This will help your healthcare professional make an accurate diagnosis.
What Are the Symptoms of Endometriosis?
Some common symptoms of endometriosis include severe pain during periods, pain during sexual intercourse, pain during urination or bowel movements, and excessive bleeding during periods. However, the level of pain does not indicate the severity of the condition. Some experience little to no pain and still have endometriosis.
Infertility is also connected to endometriosis. A common time to get an endometriosis diagnosis is when trying to conceive.
What Are the First Signs of Endometriosis?
One of the most common indicators of endometriosis is pelvic pain. This pain often worsens during a menstrual cycle. Other indicators include pain when urinating or during a bowel movement, pain during sexual intercourse, and heavy blood flow during periods. This condition can worsen over time, so tell your healthcare professional if you are experiencing any of those or other symptoms.
How Common Is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is fairly common in the U.S., affecting an estimated 2 to 10 percent of women between the ages of 25 and 40.
Is Endometriosis Genetic?
While the causes of endometriosis are largely unknown, studies have indicated that having a relative (mother, sister, aunt, cousin) can increase your risk of endometriosis.
Can Endometriosis Cause Cancer?
Ovarian cancer is slightly more prevalent in those diagnosed with endometriosis. However, the risk for developing ovarian cancer is low for all women.
Is Endometriosis an Autoimmune Disease?
Endometriosis shares many similarities with autoimmune diseases but is not currently classified as one.
Can Endometriosis Cause Back Pain?
Many have reported pain beyond the pelvis, including the back. This kind of pain may not respond to better posture or pain medication. Talk with your healthcare professional if you are experiencing regular back pain, especially if it appears or worsens during your period.
Does Endometriosis Cause Infertility?
Endometriosis does not cause infertility, but it can negatively affect your ability to conceive. Cells may obstruct the fallopian tubes or can even damage eggs and cells.
How Does Endometriosis Cause Infertility
Endometriosis does not automatically cause infertility, however the misplacement of the uterine cells can prevent eggs from reaching the uterus and/or cause damage to eggs and sperm, making it more difficult to conceive.
How to Improve Fertility with Endometriosis
There are a couple of ways you can improve your fertility if you have endometriosis. Your OB/GYN, fertility specialist, or other healthcare professional may recommend fertility treatments (e.g. ovary stimulation or IVF). A surgery to remove the endometriosis implants while preserving your uterus and ovaries may also increase your chances of success. Natural ways to improve fertility include acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
Acupuncture and Chinese herb formulas help regulate the entire monthly cycle, normalizing blood flow to reduce any negative symptoms related to the menses. Egg and sperm quality are improved by increasing the blood flow to the reproductive organs. Acupuncture treatments also lend additional support to those undergoing IUI or IVF treatments.
Can You Get Pregnant with Endometriosis?
Yes, you can get pregnant with endometriosis, but it may be harder to conceive. Consult your healthcare professional if you believe endometriosis may be affecting your ability to conceive.
Can I Get Pregnant Naturally with Endometriosis?
Yes, you can naturally conceive if you have endometriosis. Many with endometriosis that have fertility issues may choose to undergo IVF, but there are other options and ways to improve fertility. Please consult your healthcare professional for fertility options.
Can You Have PCOS and Endometriosis?
Yes, it is possible to have both endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Studies have shown that women with PCOS are more likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis.
Can You Have Endometriosis After a Hysterectomy?
Endometriosis is when cells that normally form tissue to line the uterus become implanted on surfaces beyond the outside of the uterus, such as the abdominal cavity, ovaries, bowel, and nearby organs. This tissue sheds monthly, usually in sync with your menstrual cycle, usually causing pain. If the tissue has formed on organs that were not removed during a partial or total hysterectomy, it is possible to develop endometriosis.
Can Endometriosis Be Treated Naturally?
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs cannot cure or eliminate endometriosis, but they are natural ways to ease endometriosis pain. These practices, especially when used together, help balance hormones and the flow of qi and blood. Stimulation of qi also lowers overall pain receptors/sensations by increasing endorphins, bringing relief to the pain caused by this condition.
Can Acupuncture Help Endometriosis?
Acupuncture can be a very effective way to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms associated with endometriosis, such as pain, heavy blood flow during periods, and fertility issues. While many patients find great relief and benefits, acupuncture cannot eliminate endometriosis altogether. However, acupuncture and Chinese herb formulas may limit the proliferation of endometriosis. Treatments can also help the healing process if a surgery was performed in response to endometriosis.
How Often Should I Get Acupuncture for Endometriosis?
Every person is unique, including their response to acupuncture treatments. We will gather a comprehensive medical history and ask you questions about what you are experiencing to create a custom treatment plan. Results can vary based on a number of factors, however, most patients see results after receiving weekly treatments for 3-6 months.
Can Chinese Medicine Treat Endometriosis?
Chinese medicine, especially when combined with acupuncture treatments, can help reduce the symptoms of endometriosis. Chinese herb formulas balance qi, blood, yin, and yang of the body which restores balance to the entire body. They also lower overall pain receptors/sensations by increasing endorphins helping to reduce pain.
How to Treat Endometriosis with Herbs
Our herbalists first take a detailed medical history before recommending any herbs or herb formulas. To be truly effective, herbs must be personalized for your particular situation, based on a proper diagnosis. We will work with you and answer any questions you have about your condition and/or your treatment plan.
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