Below we take a look at endometriosis natural treatment solutions in order to assist women who are trying to get pregnant.
Suffering from endometriosis produces pain and other symptoms that no woman should have to endure. Fortunately, there are natural and holistic methods out there to treat this condition.
Before we divulge into these natural treatment solutions, there are a few questions that need to be answered about the condition.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a painful condition that affects the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or the pelvic lining. This layer of skin is known as the endometrium.
Endometriosis occurs when the tissue of the endometrium starts growing outside the uterus, forming painful growths.
The condition affects millions of women around the world, affecting 5, 5 million in the United States and Canada alone.
Endometriosis signs and symptoms
- Feelings of deep pain during sexual intercourse, ovulation, and bowel movements and/or urination.
- Cramping and pelvic pain during menstruation, sometimes beginning several days before and after your monthly period. Pain can also occur in the lower back or lower abdomen, with some women experiencing nerve pain shooting down the legs.
- Bleeding in-between periods
- Heavy menstrual periods
- Nausea and indigestion
- Constipation or diarrhea
If you are experiencing these symptoms, you may have endometriosis. It is important to consult your doctor to get an official diagnosis.
In addition to the advice from your doctor, you can also try a natural treatment for the condition.
Endometriosis Natural Treatment Solutions
#1: Eat vegetables and flax seeds
Researchers have found a group of plant chemicals which can inhibit the body’s production of aromatose, an enzyme that creates estrogens.
To get a good dose of flavones, eat parsley and celery. Compounds called indoles, which improve your body’s ability to metabolize estrogen, are found in cauliflower, broccoli, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and bok choy.
Flax seeds have high fiber and lignin levels, which have shown to be beneficial for estrogen-related conditions.
#2: Reduce your intake of chemicals
If you are exposed to environmental polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and chemicals dioxins, this could be increasing the severity and prevalence of endometriosis.
To reduce your intake of these chemicals, avoid eating animal fat. In particular, reduce your intake of high-fat red meat, fish, and dairy products.
#3: Progesterone Cream
The hormone progesterone is thought by alternative practitioners to slow abnormal growth of the endometrial tissue.
Progesterone cream can’t be considered a cure, but it can help to improve the symptoms of endometriosis, particularly pain during menstruation or pelvic pain.
The cream is derived from either Mexican wild yams or soy. A molecule exactly like human progesterone can be found in these plants and scientists are able to extract the molecule that can be used to help the condition.
It is important to follow the prognosis of the medical professional as too much progesterone can have negative side effects such as weight gain, water retention, depression, mood changes and abnormal menstruation.
#4: Reducing stress
The hormone called cortisol is involved in the body’s response to external or internal stress. The hormone also helps to make other hormones, including progesterone.
If you have prolonged high levels of stress, levels of cortisol are elevated in the body, which may decrease the amount of progesterone available to you.
This results in a hormone imbalance and can worsen or cause endometriosis. In fact, a study of 49 women found that those with endometriosis had higher cortisol levels (meaning higher stress levels).
Reducing stress is thus a natural way of managing endometriosis.
A number of nutrients and herbs can help, including:
- All B vitamins
- Vitamin C
Stress can also be reduced by techniques such as relaxation, mediation, and diaphragmatic breathing. It may also be necessary for you to make relevant lifestyle changes to avoid stressful situations.
#5: Fatty Acids
Found in fish such as sardines, mackerel, anchovies, and salmon, omega-3 fatty acids may be beneficial for people suffering from endometriosis.
It has been proven by several studies that fish oil can slow the growth of the endometrial tissue.
#6: Ginger Tea
Ginger tea may help to relive the nausea that is caused by endometriosis.
This home remedy has not been studied, but many alternative practitioners recommend a contrast sitz bath.
This involves sitting in a tub of hot water for three minutes, followed by sitting in another tub with cool water for one minute. The cycle is repeated three times.