endometriosis diagnosis and treatment

Endometriosis is a chronic medical condition that affects millions of people across the world. It occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (endometrium) grows outside the uterus, causing various symptoms and often severe pain. Endometriosis is a complex condition that can negatively impact your quality of life if left untreated.

What are the Symptoms of Endometriosis?

There are many symptoms associated with endometriosis, including the below. Some people might experience all of these symptoms, while others might experience only a few. 
  • Infertility
  • Pelvic pain
  • Painful periods (dysmenorrhea)
  • Pain during intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • Excessive menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia)
  • Gastrointestinal issues (such as diarrhea, constipation, or bloating)
  • Fatigue
  • Lower back pain

How Can Endometriosis Cause Infertility?

Endometriosis can contribute to infertility in many ways. The growths or scar tissue formed by endometriosis can prevent the eggs from moving to the fallopian tubes from the ovaries, making fertilization difficult. Inflammation caused by endometriosis can compromise the function of sperm and eggs, reducing the chances of conception.

Additionally, hormonal imbalances associated with endometriosis can disrupt the menstrual cycle and ovulation, making it difficult for viable eggs to be released for fertilization.

Causes of Endometriosis

The exact cause of endometriosis remains unclear, but several theories exist. It could be caused by hormonal factors, having a family history of endometriosis, having an abnormal immune response, having a parasitic infection, or by menstrual blood flowing backwards into the pelvic cavity.

How is Endometriosis Diagnosed?

Endometriosis is typically diagnosed through a combination of medical history assessment, physical examination, and medical imaging, such as ultrasound. Some people might have a surgical procedure performed, known as a laparoscopy. During this procedure, a thin tube with a camera is inserted through a small incision in the abdomen to directly visualize the tissue outside of the uterus. Biopsy samples are also sometimes taken.

Treatment for Endometriosis

Some people might try a variety of methods for addressing endometriosis – from taking over-the-counter medications, prescription pain relievers, invasive surgery to remove the growths, or a hysterectomy in severe cases.

However, many of these methods do not address the root cause of endometriosis. This is where seeing a holistic specialist can help. The goal of a holistic health specialist will be to identify the underlying health issue that is causing your endometriosis in the first place, which will then help to determine the best form of treatment. In most cases, a functional blood panel will also be run to gain a better understanding of hormone levels, and to get a clearer picture of how your body is functioning as a whole. 

Treatment is personalized and will be different for each individual based on their situation and the specific findings. Most treatment plans will include a combination of nutritional therapy (oral or IV), neural therapy, herbs and nutritional supplements, minerals, peptides, coaching and education, and more. Holistic wellness treatment programs will typically last between 4 and 6 months, but might be longer depending on the needs of the client. 

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Benefits of Endometriosis Treatment with a Holistic Health Specialist

By receiving treatment for endometriosis from a holistic health specialist, you can expect the following benefits:
  • Customized approach to your treatment plan
  • Whole-body wellness that goes beyond symptom treatment
  • Natural therapies that work in harmony with your body
  • Proactive approach to treatment, rather than reactive
  • Emotional support
  • Hormone balance
  • Stress reduction
  • Improved overall quality of life

Endometriosis Treatment with Road to Fertility

Road to Fertility specializes in holistic and functional medicine, helping patients achieve peak health and sustainable wellness. For patients who value individualized care and natural fertility treatments that work in harmony with your body, we hope you find a home for healing at Road to Fertility.