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5 myths about Endometriosis … Busted!
1 in 10 women have Endometriosis, and that’s actually being conservative! Endometriosis is a difficult thing to diagnose with the average time it takes for a complete and sure diagnosis taking 12 years!
Endometriosis is when some of the endometrial tissue migrates up and out of the uterus via the fallopian tubes and into the pelvic cavity.
The only way to diagnose officially is via laparoscopy, with Internal Ultrasounds not being enough to determine the extent of migratory tissue.
The early signs can be painful periods, Heavy periods with clotting, bloating or a belly that won’t go away regardless of weight loss. There are numerous other signs and symptoms that can be part of an Endometriosis picture – headaches, migraines, mood swings, severe PMS and even low iron so starting with your GP is a good first step to begin investigations.
In the meantime, managing your symptoms of Endometriosis with Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs can be successful in giving back your daily quality of life. Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine have a good reputation with Women’s health problems including Endometriosis and is research backed by clinical trials saying it does help sufferers.
Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs have several strategies to help the woman with Endometriosis including:
- Managing Period Pain
- Regulating your cycle and period
- Reducing clots
- Nourishing the blood (with significant loss of blood with heavy periods)
- Managing discomfort and pain associated with bloating and headaches
- Helping you feel calm and emotionally balanced
A registered Acupuncturist or Registered Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner with AHPRA is highly recommended, as they will have more experience and knowledge about women’s health protocols and can also interpret the test results from your GP. They would then custom design a Chinese Herbal or Acupuncture treatment for you aiming to ease your symptoms and manage your Endometriosis.
5 Myths about Endometriosis:
There is a cure for Endometriosis.
There is no known cure for Endometriosis. Management is the key, and this is where Complementary medicines can help manage symptoms without drugs.
Hysterectomy cures Endometriosis.
Simply removing the uterus is not enough, as endometriotic tissue may have already migrated and adhered itself to your ovaries, bowel or bladder and other pelvic structures.
Ablation cures Endometriosis.
Often Endometriosis will return within 5 years of bearing children or ablation procedures.
Endometriosis is Auto-immune related.
There is a controversial debate about this topic. Endometriosis is inflammatory related, but there is no evidence suggesting it is an Auto-immune condition. It doesn’t attack the body’s immune system, it’s more of a benign, inflammatory problem.
Only women of child bearing age can get Endometriosis.
Teens and menopausal women can still experience symptoms of Endometriosis. Teens with heavy, painful periods should go start investigations with their GP as soon as possible, especially if their mother or sisters have been diagnosed with Endometriosis. Just be aware that Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine can be a good option for management, rather than the Oral Contraceptive Pill which is Medicine’s answer to regulating an erratic period.
The Pill may mask symptoms, but when the young woman enters child bearing phase and needs to come off the pill, the Endometriosis symptoms may re-surface with a vengeance. Menopausal women may have prior knowledge of their Endometriosis, and although Oestrogen is declining, it is the adhesions and migrated tissues that may cause irritation to bowels and bladder, as tone and function in these areas also begin to decline.
Katika Funnell is a registered Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine Practitioner on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. She has been in private practice since 2003 and her business Spring Fertility helps women find natural solutions to gynaecological and fertility concerns.
For more information or to discuss your story with Katika, call 0414 459 659 or email her at [email protected].