Did you know – Endometriosis

A nasty little condition which affects as many as 1 in 10 women

Chances are, either you or someone you know struggles with the symptoms of ‘endo’ – symptoms which include cramping, pain, digestive issues and possibly the worst blow of all, infertility.

Here’s what you probably already know;

  • Endometriosis is the condition where tissue called endometrium, which usually lines the uterus, ends up in the abdominal cavity where it attaches and grows.  These are known as ‘adhesions’, and they are commonly found in the fallopian tubes, on the ovaries and attached to the bowel.
  • Surgery is commonly required to remove these adhesions in order to reduce pain symptoms and possibly improve chances of conception.

 

Here’s what you maybe didn’t know;

  • Endometriosis has been detected in men (!) and other mammals.
  • Plenty of women have endometrial tissue leaking into their abdominal cavity, but never develop endometriosis. Those that do develop endometriosis tend to be the people with higher levels of pre-existing inflammation.
  • In 2002 a study showed that endometriosis in monkeys was associated with having the ‘wrong’ bacteria in the gut – known as dysbiosis.  (HUM. REPROD. (2002) 17 (7):1704-1708).
  • In 2007, an Italian study showed that a personalised supplement regime was just as effective as hormone therapy at treating the pain associated with endometriosis. (Fertil Steril 2007 Apr 13).

 

So what does this mean for sufferers? Well it’s good news!  It means that there is something you can do to take some control over the condition! It means that reducing your pain symptoms are just a nutritionist away.  And in doing so, there’s every chance you’ll increase both your overall health and the quality of embryos you produce – meaning your ability to conceive is improved.

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Did you know - Endometriosis
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Did you know - Endometriosis
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A nasty little condition which affects as many as 1 in 10 women
Chances are, either you or someone you know struggles with the symptoms of ‘endo’ – symptoms which include cramping, pain, digestive issues and possibly the worst blow of all, infertility.
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