What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is characterized by the presence of endometrial tissue outside the lining of the uterine cavity which causes three major symptoms, dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia and infertility (Copstead & Banasik, 2012).
Who is affected by endometriosis?
Endometriosis affects 15% of women between the ages of twenty -four and forty years of age (Pizzorno & Murray, 2012). Risk factors for the development of endometriosis include heredity, high fat diet, use of intrauterine devices and hormonal imbalance (Pizzorno & Murray, 2012).
How do you treat endometriosis?
Allopathic treatment of endometriosis includes drug therapies such as estrogen-progestin oral contraceptives in conjunction with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Simon, 2012). These drugs are often prescribed in order to rectify hormone imbalance and to reduce the pain associated with the condition. Fortunately, there are alternative modalities that are just as effective in pain reduction and managing hormone levels including diet modifications and various herbal supplements.
For further reading . . .
Pizzorno, J. E., & Murray, M. T. (2012). Textbook of natural medicine. Paradise Valley: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.
Simon, H. (2012, October 9). Endometriosis. Retrieved from University of Maryland Medical Center: umm.edu/health/medical/report/articles/endometriosis