Thursday, 11 August 2011

Women's Health - Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a gynaecological condition where by the endometrial cells found in the Uterus grows in other areas other than that of the uterus. It is uncertain how many women are effected by this condition in the UK however it is estimated 2million women are affected.
It  can commonly grow on the Fallopian tubes, on the ovaries and other surrounding tissues.

Normally when you have your monthly period the endometrial layer in the womb will thicken in preparation for the egg to be fertilised. When an egg is not fertilised (you do not get pregnant) the lining in the womb breaks down and is released as a period.
If you have endometrial tissue else where in the body it will go through the same process of producing a thickened layer and then releasing however there is no place for it to leave the body and so causing blockages. As a result this can lead to it becoming swollen, inflammed, causing scarring and infertility problems.

Infertility could be due to many reasons: blockages of the fallopian tubes, cysts on the ovaries, loss of mobility in the ovaries and fallopian tubes, hormonal problems and many more.

Common symptoms of endometriosis:

  1. Changes to your period - heavy bleeding, irregular bleeding.
  2. pain during or after sex
  3. pelvic pain, lower abdominal pain

There are many forms of treatment however help can be at hand through many avenues.
Consulting your doctor is first. You may then be required to have an ultrasound or MRI this will give a more detailed account of what is going on inside your body.

Typical conventional treatment is possibly hormonal treatment to reduce stimulating the growth of lesions. This may prevent obstructions, although it may only be temporary for the course of treatment and lesions could possibly reoccur. Surgery is an option to remove lesions with laser. 

At Health & Harmony if as result of the endometriosis you are having fertility problems Ayurveda has proved to help women at our clinic. 

For more information or to make an appointment please contact us.

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