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How to Address Endometriosis

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  • There are treatment options that may be beneficial if you have endometriosis
  • Factors like health status, age, severity of symptoms and personal preference may be considered by your doctor in determining the best course of action for your condition
  • Synthetic hormone therapy and painkillers are conventional treatments for endometriosis, but they’re linked to multiple side effects

If you have been diagnosed with endometriosis, there are various remedies you can consider to address it. To know the ideal treatment that may work best for you, your doctor will look at the following factors:1,2

  • Age
  • Health status
  • Medical history
  • Endometriosis indicators you’re currently dealing with
  • Severity of the disease
  • Tolerance toward certain procedures or therapies
  • Expectations regarding disease progression
  • Personal preference
  • Desire for pregnancy because some treatments may lower your risk for conception

Synthetic Hormone Therapy May Have Negative Side Effects

Doctors may recommend synthetic hormone therapy to address endometriosis. Some examples, as highlighted by Johns Hopkins Medicine, are:3

  • Oral contraceptives containing a combination of estrogen and progestin (considered the synthetic version of the hormone progesterone)
  • Progestin
  • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists
  • Danazol, a type of androgen4 considered the synthetic derivative of testosterone

However, these therapies can take a toll on your health by raising your risk for heart problems5 and breast cancer.6 A study published in the British Medical Journal in 2005 also highlighted that synthetic hormone therapy “may increase the risk of stroke, especially ischaemic stroke.”7

Relieve Endometriosis Pain Naturally

If you have mild symptoms of endometriosis, pain medication may be suggested.8 However, be extra careful as painkillers can trigger complications like nausea, vomiting, dizziness and blood pressure changes.9

Instead of conventional painkillers, look into remedies that may not be as well-known, but possibly be just as or even more effective. Good examples include:

  • Turmeric10 Authors of a 2018 Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy study highlighted that curcumin, a compound found in this vibrant spice, may provide anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumor, anti-angiogenesis and antimetastatic capabilities.11
  • Bromelain, N-acetyl cysteine and alpha-lipoic acid — A 2015 animal study revealed that this combination may be a potential endometriosis treatment because it helped reduce the number and size of cysts in mice and prevent inflammation caused by the “marker” VCAM1.12

The book “Treatment Options for Endometriosis” also suggests that techniques like acupuncture, relaxation exercises, yoga, tai chi, chiropractic treatment and pain management training may be helpful for women struggling with endometriosis.13

Severe Endometriosis Cases May Require Surgical Procedures

If any of the natural remedies mentioned above do not work, consult with a doctor immediately because you may already have a severe case of endometriosis. Surgical procedures that can be recommended to address endometriosis include:14

Laparoscopy — A laparoscopy involves inserting a laparoscope (a thin tube with a lens and a light) into an incision made on the abdomen. This allows the surgeon to look into your pelvic area and search for abnormal endometrial tissue. If you undergo this procedure, you’re placed under general anesthesia.15

The doctor may then remove abnormal tissue by cutting it off, burning it using a laser or another method. Some people who undergo a laparoscopy can leave the hospital on the same day, or stay at the hospital overnight if the procedure was time-consuming. Your doctor may also advise that you avoid some activities.16

Laparotomy — WebMD notes that this procedure may benefit women with severe endometriosis that cannot be addressed by a laparoscopy. The surgeon makes one large incision in your abdomen to remove fallopian tubes,17 ovarian cysts, ovaries, fibroids or adhesions.18

After undergoing a laparotomy you may need to stay in the hospital for a few days, and after you’re discharged, there are some activities you may not be allowed to do. Exercise increased caution if you undergo a laparotomy, since it’s possible you can struggle with endometriosis and its symptoms again after the procedure is done.19

Hysterectomy — It’s a surgical procedure wherein your uterus is removed; sometimes your ovaries may also be removed at the same time.20

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