Endometriosis is when the kind of tissue that normally lines the uterus grows somewhere else. It can grow on the ovaries, behind the uterus or on the bowels or bladder. Rarely, it grows in other parts of the body. Endometriosis is not an easy diagnosis to make. Symptoms such as chronic pelvic pain, menstrual pain, bloating, painful sex, or pelvic discomfort between ovulation and your period do heighten the index of suspicion, but aren’t conclusive. Notably, some women have the condition without symptoms, while others have these symptoms but no endometriosis.
The cause of endometriosis is not known, although there are several theories. It’s possible that more than one theory is correct, and there are probably multiple pathways to developing the condition. One very likely contributing factor that can be reduced with natural methods is the estrogen-like chemicals that surround us, known as xenoestrogens. (see BRT)
Estrogen’s natural function is to stimulate cell growth. But excess estrogen contributes to unnatural growth. We know that American women have the highest levels of estrogen in the world. We believe that most of that excess comes from so-called xenoestrogens, compounds whose molecular structure is so similar to estrogen that they have estrogenic effects in the body. These compounds include the growth hormones common in milk and meat production, agricultural pesticides, the chemicals given off by plastics when heated in microwaves, and many other sources. Not surprisingly, for most of us such xenoestrogens are pervasive. (See our article on endocrine disruptors for additional information on sources of xenoestrogens and ways to avoid them.)
Ovarian Cysts is a fluid-filled sac in or on the ovary. Many ovarian cysts are noncancerous cysts that occur as a result of ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary).
Some or all of the following symptoms may be present, though it is possible not to experience any symptoms: dull aching, or severe, sudden, and sharp pain or discomfort in the lower abdomen (one or both sides), pelvis, vagina, lower back, or thighs; pain may be constant or intermittent -- this is the most common symptom, fullness, heaviness, pressure, swelling, or bloating in the abdomen, breast tenderness, pain during or shortly after beginning or end of menstrual period, irregular periods, or abnormal uterine bleeding or spotting,change in frequency or ease of urination (such as inability to fully empty the bladder), or difficulty with bowel movements due to pressure on adjacent pelvic anatomy, weight gain, nausea or vomiting, fatigue, increased facial or body hair.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a problem in which there are several cysts present on the ovaries and a woman’s hormones are out of balance. It can cause upsetting changes in the way you look and problems with your periods. If it is not treated, over time it can lead to serious health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. It is a health problem that can affect a woman's menstrual cycle, ability to have children, hormones, heart, blood vessels, and appearance. With PCOS, women typically have: high levels of androgens (adrenal dysfunction), missed or irregular periods, and many small cysts in their ovaries.
The most common symptoms are: acne, weight gain and trouble losing weight, extra hair on the face and body. (Often women get thicker and darker facial hair and more hair on the chest, belly, and back), thinning hair on the scalp, irregular periods( Often women with PCOS have fewer than 9 periods a year), some women have no periods and others have very heavy bleeding, and fertility problems. Many women with PCOS have trouble getting pregnant.
Uterine Fibroids are lumps that grow on your uterus which are well-circumscribed, non- cancerous tumors arising from the myometrium (smooth muscle layer) of the uterus. In addition to smooth muscle, leiomyomas are also composed of extracellular matrix (i.e., collagen, proteoglycan, fibronectin).
The female hormones estrogen and progesterone seem make them grow. Your body makes the highest levels of these hormones during the years when you have periods.
Symptoms of fibroids are: long, gushing periods and cramping, fullness or pressure in their belly, low back pain, pain during sex, and an urge to urinate often.
All of these issues stem from a hormonal dysfunction somewhere in the body. With our personalized program of hormonal saliva testing, hair analysis and natural therapies such as BRT, we have had a consistently high rate of success. With a combination of dietary changes, nutrient support, emotional healing and alternative therapies, you can feel good again!
The basic idea is to eliminate the underlying causes and support your body’s healthy metabolic function. These steps can help relieve the symptoms of endometriosis, PCOS, fibroids and ovarian cysts but also are important preventative measures for your overall health.
A Personalized Program is a great place to start! At Balanced Body Wellness Centre each person is treated as a unique individual. Our personalized programs promote natural hormonal balance with nutritional supplements, endocrine support formulas, dietary and lifestyle guidance.
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