Do I Have Endometriosis?

Do I Have
Endometriosis?

Link to The Solution to Endometriosis in a Nutshell

Link to The Natural Endometriosis HELP for Dummies!

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"Link to the cause of Endometriosis and xenoestrogens" by Elizabeth Smith, MD

GET THE BOOK!! "Endometriosis - A Natural Approach" by Jo Mears

Symptoms of Endometriosis

An Excerpt from "Endometriosis a Natural Approach" by Jo Mears



What are the Symptoms?



"Pain is the most common sypmtom of endometriosis and the reason most suffers go to their doctors. However, the extent of the pain doesn't seem to be dependent on how much endometriosis you have, but rather on where it is. For instance, a small number of cysts in an area that is disturbed during intercourse may be much more painful than a large number of elsewhere. Most sufferers also report that their pain seems to get worse during their period, although many other sufferers also report constant pain. Generally, however, if the pain comes and goes during your menstrual cycle, it's highly suggestive of endometriosis.



There are five classic symptoms of endometriosis:

Painful Periods (known as dysmenorrhea)

Painful Intercourse (dyspareunia)

Pelvic pain, including painful bowel movements and constipation

Infertility

Painful urination

Some of the other commonly reported symptoms are:

Painful ovulation (known as Mittelschmerz)

Heavy periods, including loss of blood clots and stale brown blood

Abnormal bleeding

Depression

Premenstrual Syndrome

Back Pain"

Painful Menstrual Periods



"Many women complain of painful cramps, which often reach their peak two days after their periods have started. But how do you know whether your period are more painful than anywone else's? This is pareticularly difficult to tell, since most of us were brought up to think that it's normal for periods to be painful."



Are your Periods Painful?

"The following questions may help you decide whether your menstrual pain is severe. The more often you answer "Yes", the more likely you are to suffer from menstrual pain caused by endometriosis.

Do you take days off of work each month because of cramps?

Do menstrual cramps wake you up?

Is the pain so bad that non prescription painkillers do not relieve the pain?

Is the menstrual cramps getting worse?

Is the pain getting worse with each period?"

"Jennifer, a 40-year-old women's-shelter worker, who was diagnosed with endometriosis and fibroids, says: "The first time I went to my doctor complaining about my menstrual pains, I felt as though my insides were dropping out. I explained that I was often off work for three weeks at a time, and would be crippled by the pain and running a high temperature. During my period, often all I could do was just lie in the bathtub crying."

Lynne, a 38-year-old architectural planner, diagnosed with endometriosis and an ovarian cyst, says, "The pain during my period was so bad that I couldn't go out. And the painkillers the doctor kept prescribing were useless.""


Painful Sex?





Are you avoiding intercourse because it hurts during or after sex?

Do you feel deep pain in your vagina during intercourse?

Is sex more painful at certain times of the month or in specific positions?

Jenifer says, "My husband and I hadn't had sex for a year and a half before I finally went to see a gynecologist. If we tried to have sex, not only would it hurt at that immediate time, but the pain would go on for days afterward."

Jackie, a 33-year-old science administrator who suffers from severe endometriosis, says, "Sex for me is like making love to a bayonet. I get pain during and after intercourse, and pain with the big 'O' - if I ever get that far! Sometimes I also bleed afterward. I couldn't understand why it was so painful until, after laser laparascopy, a deeply embedded nodule was found at the top of the vagina in the wall of tissue between the vagina and the rectum. I was extremely annoyed becasue my gynecologist had previously said to me, 'Some women will experience painful intercourse, and the reasons aren't always physicial'-which meant I'd gone on suffering pain for nine months before the real reason was discovered."



Pelvic Pain?





Pelvic pain is basically pain located in the pelvic area of the lower abdomen. The pelvis is formed by the hip bones, sacrum and coccyx, and protects organs such as the bowel, bladder and ovaries. Pain in this area might occur at midcycle when you ovulate and your eggs are released (also known as Mittelschmerz).

Vanessa, a 24-year-old cometician, suffered midcycle pain: "I found that the pain when I was ovulating was the worst, " she says. "It was an excruciating pain all down the right side of my abdomen. Once, it got so bad that I collapsed and had to be rushed to the emergency room. It was the sort of pain that nothing could blot out."

Pelvic pain can also occur before, during, and after your period. Some women even complain of experiencing a dull pain in the pelvic area all the time.

Paula, a 36-year-old and mother of two and a part-time healthcare assistant, diagnosed with endometriosis on the ovary and uterine ligaments, says: "In my early twenties I found I was getting pain all the time, which meant I had to take a lot of time off work. If I hadn't been working for such a sympathetic employer I'm sure I would have been fired."

Megan, a 29-year-old graduate student who has been treated for fibroids and severe endometriosis, comments: "I've had very painful periods ever since I was ten. The pain was excruciating, an dby the time I was in my twenties I was experiencing pain for two weeks every month. It was a sort of constant nag and my abdomen always felt sore. I also felt a sharp pain whenever I sat down, and if I walked it would get worse."

Do you have Pelvic Pain?

1. Do certain movements or positions - such as walking, running or sitting, orlying down - cause you pelvic pain?

2. Do you have low back pain before, during or after your period?

3. Does a bowel movement or uringation become painful during your period?

Kim, 36, married with one daughter and diagnosed with moderate endometriosis behind the uterus, say, "Ever since I was a teenager I've had terrible periods that have involved constipation and diarrhea. I'd often get constipation for up to ten days before my period started, and would spend hours on the toilet with my mom having to pass me magazines to read while I was sitting there! Once my period started, I'd get diarrhea. My doctor just put it down to me being a neurotic teenager!"

Linda says, "I'd usually get diarrhea leading up to my period and then constipation for three to four days afterward. I also had horrible cystitis-like symptoms during my period, and the pain was almost unbearable when I went to the bathroom. My doctor kept diagnosing a fiber problem. But once, when he wasn't there, someone else sent me for a scan - and later a laproscopy - that revealed a cyst on my ovary and endometriosis on most of my pelvic organs and bladder, with possible bowel complications that are still being investigated."




Infertility?





Between 25 and 50 percent of women investigated for infertility are found to be suffering from endometriosis. However, it's still not clear whether endometriosis causes invertility, whether it's just some how associated with it or whether it is simply a conincidental finding. The following questions might help you decide whether your infertility could be associated with endometriosis.

Are you suffering from infertility?

1. Have you been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for more than a year?

2. Have you been having sex only during your fertile periods but still haven't become pregnant?

3. Have you experienced more than one miscarriage?

Helen, a 35-year-old accountant, says, "Since I'd started my periods, they were so painful thatI'd often pass out. But it was only when I read an article about painful periods tha I wondered whether endometriosis might be the cause. The slight suspicion that I might have endometriosis deepened in my early thireties when I tried for two years to ge pregnant without success. Iwas then advisesed to have a laproscopy, and mild endometriosis was diagnosed. But they also said I had a kink in one of my fallopiian tubes and thatone of my ovaries was quite far from the fallopian tube. In went on drug treatment followed by in vitro fertilization, but eventually became pregnant naturally."


An Excerpt from "Endometriosis a Natural Approach" by Jo Mears



Use Natural Progesterone for Endometriosis



Quote from John Lee, MD

from What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause

"Endometriosis is a serious condition in which tiny islets of endometrium (inner lining cells of the uterus) become scattered in areas where they don't belong: the fallopian tubes, within the uterine musculature (adenomyosis), and on the outer surface of the uterus and other pelvic organs, the colon, the bladder, and the sides of the pelvic cavity. With each monthly cycle, these islets of endometrium respond to ovarian hormones exactly as endometrial cells do within the uterus - they increase in size, swell with blood, and bleed into the surrrounding tissue at menstruation. The bleeding (no matter how small) into the surrounding tissue causes inflammation and is very painful, often disabling. Symptoms begin seven days to twelve days before menstruation and then become excruciatingly painful during menstruation. The pain may be diffuse and may cause painful intercourse or painful bowel movements, depending on the sites involved. Diagnosis is not easily established, as there is no lab test to identify endometrial islets, nor are they usually large enough to show on an X ray or sonogram. Laproscopy (a minimally invasive surgery enabling a doctor to look into the abdomen with a small scope) is very useful in this regard.

The cause of endometriosis is unclear. Some authorities argue that these endometrial cells wander out through the fallopian tubes. Others suggest they are displaced through some sort of embryological mix-up when an embryo is just forming its tissues. The fact is, however, that endometriosis seems to be a disease of the twentieth century. Given the severity of the pains and the association with monthly periods, it seems unlikely that earlier doctors would not have described the condition. Now that we know about xenoestrogens and the fact that the tissues of the developing embryo are especially sensitive to the toxic effects of xenoestrogens, it is tempting to speculate that our petrochemical age has spawned diseases we've never known before--and that endometriosis is one of them.

Mainstream treatment of endometriosis is difficult and not very successsful. Surgical attempts at removing each and every endometrial implant throughout the pelvis is only temporarily successful. Many of the tiny islets are simply too small to see, and eventually they enlarge and the condition recurs. Another surgical venture is even more radical: the removal of both ovaries, the uterus and the fallopian tubes, the aim being to remove or reduce hormone levels as much as possible--not a pleasant prospect.

When women with endometriosis delay childbearing until their thirties, they are unable to conceive. Pregnancy often retards the progress of the disease and occasionally cures it. With this in mind, other medical treatments attempt to create a state of pseudopregnancy, with long periods of supplemented progestins to simulate the high progesterone levels of pregnancy. Unfortunately, the high doses needed are often accompanied by side effects of the progestin and breakthrough bleeding.

As an alternative, I have treated a number of endometriosis patients, some after failed surgery, with natural progesterone and have observed considerable success. Since we know that estrogen initiates endometrial cell proliferation and the formation of blood vessel accumulation in the endometrium, the aim of treatment is to block this monthly estrogen stimulus to the aberrant endometrial islets. Progesterone stops further proliferation of endometrial cells. I advised such women to use natural progesterone cream from day six (6) of the cycle to day twenty-six (26) each month, using one ounce of cream per week for three weeks, stopping just before their expected period. This treatment requires patience. Over time (four to six months), however, the monthly pains gradually subside as monthly bleeding in the islets becomes less and healing of the inflammatory sites occurs. The monthly discomfort may not disappear entirely but becomes more tolerable. Endometriosis is cured by menopause. This technique is surely worth a trial, since the alternatives are not all that successful and laden with undesirable consequences and side effects."

"This treatment requires patience. Over time (four to six months), however, the monthly, the monthly pains gradually subside as monthly bleeding in the islets becomes less and healing of the inflammatory sites occurs. The monthly discomfort may not disappear entirely but becomes more tolerable."


John Lee, M.D.


Link to The Solution to Endometriosis in a Nutshell

Link to The Natural Endometriosis HELP for Dummies!

Link to Natural Over-the-Counter Major Help for Endometriosis - Buy Natural Progesterone

"Link to the cause of Endometriosis and xenoestrogens" by Elizabeth Smith, MD

GET THE BOOK!! "Endometriosis - A Natural Approach" by Jo Mears

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