What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is the growth of endometrial tissue in irregular areas of the body. Endometrial tissue is normally only found lining the uterus, but this condition is caused by endometrial growth in fallopian tubes, ovaries, intestines, and other tissues. Unfortunately, the number one symptom in women with this condition is pain. However, many women do not have any symptoms at all. In fact, 20-25% of women with endometriosis are without symptoms, which makes getting an early diagnosis more difficult. While the true cause is still unclear, endometriosis is often caused by environmental toxins and estrogen dominance. There is also strong evidence that this condition may be linked to autoimmunity. Research has identified tissue-specific antibodies and inflammatory cytokines, which are present with endometriosis. Or in other words, the immune system is definitely involved.
Women with endometriosis are given little treatment options by their conventional doctors — painkillers, hormone therapy like birth control, surgeries, and a hysterectomy are all aimed at managing symptoms. While these can offer short-term relief, they have many side effects and do nothing to address the root cause. Because of the link between autoimmunity and leaky gut, the first step to addressing your endometriosis is to work on healing your gut.
If you are a woman dealing with intense pain, reach out to our office so we can discuss a plan to start healing your body