Endometriosis affects the lives of millions of American women and due to the pain this condition causes, it can be debilitating. But it can also have a negative impact on a woman’s reproductive health. And more often than not, sufferers are offered medications as their primary solution to the pain, followed sometimes by surgery. Rather than these typical responses, we want to share alternatives with you so you can make informed decisions about your health and the options that might be available to you.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which the uterine lining grows outside the uterus instead of inside. It can grow on the ovaries, bladder, or elsewhere in the pelvic cavity. This disorder typically develops within a few years of the start of menstruation or with the start of menopause.
Symptoms of Endometriosis:
- abdominal and pelvic pain, which is often excruciating
- irregular and painful periods
- painful intercourse
- painful bowel movements and urination
An estimated 1 in 10 women experience endometriosis, and of those, 50% experienced infertility.
Causes of Endometriosis
First of all, we aren’t sure of the causes of Endometriosis but there are a few different theories. Some research says that it is:
- An Immune System condition whereby the body’s immune system is unable to defend the abdominal cavity from the growth of this misplaced tissue
- A result of interrupted peristaltic motion. Peristaltic motion is a muscular function regulated by the nervous system that helps the uterus to maintain normal function. This type of motion supports the egg as it travels through the fallopian tubes but if this motion is irregular or becomes interrupted, an egg won’t be delivered to the uterus and the blockage causes the uterine tissue to grow elsewhere.
- Problems with menstrual flow whereby some of the tissue shed during the period flow through the fallopian tube into other areas of the body, such as the pelvis.
- A genetic condition
- As a result of surgery
- A hormonal imbalance
Natural Treatments for Endometriosis
While Endometriosis is typically treated with medication or surgery, there are natural approaches available as well!
Notably, the Endometriosis Foundation of America even recommends several alternatives and natural methods for treating this disorder:
- Chiropractic Care
- Diet & Nutrition
How chiropractic can help
While we might not be certain yet of the cause of this condition, the good news is that Chiropractic can help! Our process assesses the nervous system and gently remove blockages that might impact the nervous system’s ability to communicate with organs (like the organs of the reproductive and immune systems). Furthermore, there is a strong relationship between the location of the spinal cord and the location of the reproductive organs. Therefore, Chiropractic can impact distortions in the body where reproductive organs are located. The bottom line is a fully functioning nervous system is your body’s best defense against endometriosis!