4 Beneficial Ways To Treat Endometriosis Naturally
Endometriosis is a real problem for many women, even for plenty of women who don’t recognize they are suffering from it.
It’s more common then you may think.
- Somewhere between 40% and 60% of women with painful periods have endometriosis. Somewhere between 20% and 30% of women struggling with infertility have endometriosis.
And then there are those who have endometriosis without any glaring signs.
So it is hard to tell just how many women suffer from the disease, but researchers guess it could be as low as 2% and as high as 50% of women.
This means, chances are, you or a woman you know has endometriosis. And unless you are a woman with “silent” endometriosis, dealing with the symptoms can greatly affect your life in negative ways.
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You are going to want help, and I want to go over your options – specifically the natural kind.
What Is Endometriosis?
Inside a woman’s uterus is tissue called the endometrium.
This is the lining. Sometimes, that tissue will start to grow in other places outside of the uterus – like on the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the ligaments supporting the uterus, along the pelvis, the bowels, and even on the lung.
The endometrium is designed to respond to the cycle of menstrual hormones, and it continues to do so even when it is not where it should be. It breaks down, but unlike the endometrium in the uterus, it has nowhere to go.
This can lead to lesions, growths, cysts, and scar tissue. This is all endometriosis.
Though some women are barely touched with negative side effects, many find the condition to be quite life-affecting.
Endometriosis has all sorts of negative side effects including pain (especially right before, during, and after a period – and sometimes during intercourse), spotting/bleeding in between cycles, digestive issues, chronic back pain or abdominal pain, chronic fatigue, infertility, and plenty of other issues.
Here is a great video talking about 5 need-to-know facts about endometriosis to help you get a better grasp on this condition:
How Is Endometriosis Normally Treated?
First off, there is no real cure for the disorder. While we are going to learn more about options to potentially get rid of the misplaced tissue and to cope with the side effects, nothing has been found to stop the problem from happening in the first place. Nor is there one clear cause.
There are many medical interventions that are offered to women with endometriosis to help deal with the condition. The most common include:
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- Hormone therapies like the birth control pill, progestin therapy, and danazol (though the last option can be harmful to a baby if you become pregnant)
- Surgeries to remove the misplaced endometrium
For many women these seem like extreme options. For some, taking a contraceptive helps, but others cannot or do not want to take synthetic hormones.
So what’s a woman with endometriosis to do?
4 Beneficial Ways To Treat Endometriosis Naturally
Fortunately, we have some natural remedies to help with endometriosis. Keep in mind these are all aides for endometriosis, not cures. They can help the condition. And they also help your health/hormonal health in general.
1. Get A Diet Makeover: What To Eat & What To Avoid
First off, you need to get rid of any foods that cause inflammation the body.
You also need to keep in mind that some foods are considered “high-estrogen foods.” And anyone with endometriosis will not want to add more estrogen to their bodies.
On top of all this, a healthy gut helps properly break down and metabolize hormones (like estrogen). Some people forget about their digestive systems when they are concerned with reproductive organs, but they two are definitely connected.
So a healthy gut should be another goal.
So, first you need to toss out (or greatly reduce):
- Red Meat
But getting rid of the wrong foods is not the only step in helping your endometriosis. You also need to add in nourishing food that can heal and support the body. This includes:
- Choose plant-based proteins (like lentils, beans, or quinoa) or lean animal proteins (chicken breast over hamburger meat, for example)
- Get plenty of fresh, organic produce
- Boost your essential fatty acid consumption, including: wild salmon, chia seeds, flax seeds, organic eggs, nuts, seeds, avocado, or coconut oil
- Add in anti-inflammatory spices like turmeric or ginger
- Increase the magnesium-rich foods you are consuming; great choices are: pumpkin seeds, bananas, leafy greens, beans, and avocado
2. Say Goodbye To Chemicals
There are countless chemicals in our day-to-day lives. From the food we eat and the lotions we put on our bodies to the air we breathe and the water we drink.
Many of these chemicals have been shown to be hormone disrupters, and hormone disruption can only hurt a woman with endometriosis. In fact, these chemicals can increase your exposure to “toxic forms of estrogen.”
To detoxify your food, water, and products from these harmful chemicals, you can:
- Switch to organic produce to stop consuming pesticides
- Switch to glass instead of plastics
- Stop drinking water from bottles; invest in a water filtering system for your own home or research a clean water source in your local area
- Swap out your chemical-laden health and beauty products for safe alternatives; the Environmental Working Group’s SkinDeep database is a super helpful tool for learning which products to keep and which to toss
- Swap out store-bought cleaners for safe, natural options
- Choose natural feminine hygiene products, perhaps switch to organic tampons or the menstrual cup
- Add some probiotic-rich fermented foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, and kimch
3. Take Great Supplements
While diet is key, sometimes the body can use an extra boost through supplements. There are some fabulous natural supplements that can do a wide variety of things from balancing progesterone to improving your and aiding proper hormone detox.
Top choices for those with endometriosis include:
- Milk Thistle
- Evening Primrose Oil
- Chaste Tree
If you are currently dealing with infertility as a result of endometriosis, try to find prenatal vitamins/supplements that include some of these natural remedies.
There’s one more natural way to help your endometriosis. Without a doubt, the first three methods will likely be the most effective, but acupuncture should definitely be considered as an option.
Some studies have begun to show that acupuncture may be a way to ease the pain of endometriosis. This is not going to get rid of the endometriosis. Instead, you should think of it as an all-natural way to curb the pain without using any sort of pain medications.
Improving Your Endometriosis
My goal is that this information brings you hope. Though nobody has figured out how to cure the condition, they have figured out ways to absolutely improve the condition. Of course, you should talk to your doctor about all your options, do your own research, and feel confident in all your choices.
And remember not only will fixing your diet and kicking out the chemicals help your endometriosis, it will also help your health in general. Feeling better really is a possibility!