What is it? It is defined as the presence of endometrial-like tissue outside of the uterus
It’s estimated to affect approximately 7-10% of women, and over 60% of women with chronic pelvic pain.
Some signs and symptoms of endometriosis are cyclical or chronic pelvic pain, pain around ovulation, severe menstrual pain, bloating, pain during intercourse, palpable mass, digestive upset (IBS type symptoms)
How do I diagnose it? There are no reliable lab testsused to diagnose endometriosis, and the cause is seemingly multifactorial and hard to pinpoint– given the ambiguity of cause and diagnosis, it becomes difficult to have a “go to” treatment for, that specifically targets the pathology. It really is a “hidden” illness to the outside world – only you and other women with endo really know the pain you’re living through.
This is where naturopathic medicine SHINES. Collecting as much detail as possible on your subjective symptoms experienced, I aim to address your digestion, reduce systemic inflammation, balance hormones, support stress and ultimately reduce pain and lighten the heavy flow.
It’s a multifaceted and multisystem approach to treat a multifactorial condition.
To those girls & women currently suffering with endometriosis – I hear you & am here for you!