What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of endometrial tissue similar to that which lines the interior of the uterus, but in a location outside of the uterus. Endometrial tissue is shed each month during menstruation. Areas of endometrial tissue found in ectopic locations are called endometrial implants. These lesions are most commonly found on the ovaries, the Fallopian tubes, the surface of the uterus, the bowel, and on the membrane lining of the pelvic cavity (i.e. the peritoneum). They are less commonly found to involve the vagina, cervix, and bladder. Rarely, endometriosis can occur outside the pelvis. Endometriosis has been reported in the liver, brain, lung, and old surgical scars. Endometrial implants, while they may become problematic, are usually benign (i.e. non-cancerous).
What are the stages of endometriosis?
Endometriosis is classified into one of four stages (I-minimal, II-mild, III-moderate, and IV-severe) based upon the exact location, extent, and depth of the endometriosis implants as well as the presence and severity of scar tissue and the presence and size of endometrial implants in the ovaries. Most cases of endometriosis are classified as minimal or mild, which means there are superficial implants and mild scarring. Moderate and severe endometriosis typically result in cysts and more severe scarring. The stage of endometriosis is not related to the degree of symptoms a woman experiences, but infertility is common with stage IV endometriosis.
What are the signs and symptoms endometriosis?
Most women who have endometriosis, in fact, do not have symptoms. Of those who do, the most common include:
- Pain (usually pelvic) that usually occurs just before menstruation and lessens after menstruation
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Cramping during intercourse
- Cramping or pain during bowel movements or urination
- Pain with pelvic examinations
The intensity of the pain can vary from month to month, and can vary greatly among affected individuals. Some women experience progressive worsening of symptoms, while others can have resolution of pain without treatment.
Pelvic pain in women with endometriosis depends partly on where endometrial implants of endometriosis are located.
- Deeper implants and implants in areas of high nerve density are more apt to produce pain.
- The implants may also release substances into the bloodstream which are capable of eliciting pain.
- Pain can result when endometriotic implants incite scarring of surrounding tissues. There appears to be no relationship between severity of pain and the amount of anatomical disease which is present.
Natural Treatment of Endometriosis
If you are struggling with endometriosis, and you are eating a high-sugar and/or high-carbohydrate diet, you can be virtually certain that your diet is causing you trouble. Your food intake is speaking to your genes in ways that they just don’t want to hear. “Food is information – and your best medicine.”
- Change your diet to minimize xenoestrogen exposure. As much as you can, eliminate nonorganic dairy products, beef, and chicken – because organic foods contain no added growth hormones. Increase nutrient-rich foods, especially cruciferous vegetables (broccoli cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, and bok choy), soy, cold-water fish (small fish when possible) and fiber, all of which support hormonal balance and help clear extra estrogen from the body.
- Follow a whole foods diet, carefully watching your carbohydrate intake, to support healthy insulin metabolism and also support overall hormonal balance. This includes limiting alcohol intake. Remember to eat protein at each meal and at each snack to keep the hormones more stable.
- Maintain healthy levels of body fat to limit endogenous estrogen production. Body fat is a secondary production site for estrogen, so being overweight often means excess estrogen.
- Supplement with vitamins and minerals (especially calcium and magnesium) to make up for what is lacking in your daily food intake.
- Supplement with phytotherapy to gently return hormone levels to normal.
- Supplement with omega–3 essential fatty acids as a natural anti-inflammatory.
- Minimize exposure to xenoestrogens in your environment. Don’t microwave food and try to minimize the use of plastics for food storage. Store the food in glass containers.
- If you have endometriosis, consider adding acupuncture with pelvic massage to the above. Castor oil packs will help reduce pain and inflammation
The Katrina Endometriosis fund association of Barbados is an organization focused on helping teens and older women cope with this debilitating condition in Barbados. It was founded in September 2016 by Katrina Alleyne who suffered from severe endometriosis and supporters of the cause after having first hand experience and hearing the cries of many who suffer. We search to find proactive solutions and to lay a foundation of support to those that need it and to get you the public in the know about Endometriosis.
The Katrina Endometriosis fund association of Barbados will.
- Set up a health desk for women with Endometriosis
- Record statistics related to Endometriosis
- Build a fund at the hospital to contribute to laparoscopy surgeries
- Offer emotional and physical support
- Create workshops
- Build a network of women with Endometriosis
You can contact The Katrina Endometriosis fund association of Barbados by emailing us at Endowarrior246@gmail.com
BLOG: MONDAY 21/2/2017
Sometimes when fighting and battling the condition endometriosis we tend to have those moments where the pain exceeds the limit and the thought of giving up creeps in. Then we remember how many battles in our lifetime we've fought and still have to fight , the many doctor or hospital visits we attended and the times when our support system from family , friends and partners failed us . Gone are the days when we cry in silence cause our voices are being heard, the awareness and sensitization to the condition is drawing interest. So when you feel like giving up remember it's not an option cause only the strong can survive in this battle with endometriosis. The havoc that invades the bodies of these females with this condition, normal people would have thrown in the towel from day one, yet we endure the infinite fight . We are strong alone but stronger together.
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