Endometriosis affects one in ten women in the UK. It is a condition where cells similar to the ones in the lining of the womb are found elsewhere in the body, such as in the muscles of the womb, wall of a fallopian tube, ovaries, bladder, bowel or even the lungs.
Symptoms of endometriosis include:
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Painful periods
- Painful intercourse
- Gut symptoms (pain, constipation, bloating, diarrhoea, nausea)
- Bladder pain, urgency & frequency
It can take an average of six to twelve years to receive a diagnosis of endometriosis and for some people infertility is the only symptom!
If you have endometriosis symptoms it's important in the first instance that you go to your GP, however nutritional therapy can be very helpful in managing the condition.
Areas to focus on:
- Eat an anti-inflammatory diet (this includes reducing or removing anything in your diet that might be increasing inflammation such as, alcohol, gluten, diary, sugar) and add in lots of colourful vegetables and fruit.
- Stress management - as stress can exacerbate symptoms
- Supporting your digestive function - making sure you're eating plenty of fibre and having healthy bowel movements
- Sleep hygiene - good quality sleep is key
- Consider seeing a pelvic massage specialist
If you would like some support with endometriosis book your free discovery call to find out how I can help you.
Disclaimer: Nutritional Therapy is not a replacement for medical advice, practitioners always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. The information provided here is general and is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure any diseases or conditions.