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By Monika Lenkei • August 13, 2013 • No Comments
Article Written by Phillip Davis August 13, 2013
The disorder or disease, endometriosis, affects over 5 million women in North America alone and 30 to 40 percent of these women are infertile, making endometriosis one of the top three causes for female infertility (Cleveland Clinic, 1995-2013). Let’s look into this disorder and see exactly what it is, what are its symptoms, who gets it, and what types of treatments and or alternatives are available.
The word endometriosis comes from the word endometrium where “endo” means “inside” and “metrium” means “mother”. Endometriosis occurs when the tissue like that of the tissue which lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of the uterus. This growth usually happens on the surface of organs in the pelvic and abdominal areas such as the ovaries, behind the uterus, on the tissues that hold the uterus in place, on the bowels or bladder, and in extremely rare cases, endometriosis can grow in the lungs or other parts of the body (Cleveland Clinic, 1995-2013).
The most common symptom of endometriosis is pain in the abdominal, lower back, and pelvic areas. The amount of pain a woman has from endometriosis is not linked to the extensiveness of the endometriosis, i.e. the size or how much endometriosis she has. As a matter of fact, some women have no pain at all. On the hand, some women suffer sever pain, even though they may have only a few small areas of endometriosis (Cleveland Clinic, 1995-2013).
Some general symptoms of endometriosis may include (but are not limited to):
Endometriosis can affect any menstruating woman from the time of her first period until menopause. Naturally, endometriosis can also continue after menopause, or if hormones are taken for menopausal symptoms, symptoms of endometriosis can too continue.
Unfortunately, there are currently no cures for endometriosis. Even having a hysterectomy or removing the ovaries does not guarantee that endometriosis or the symptoms of endometriosis will not come back (Cleveland Clinic, 1995-2013). However, there are a number of conventional treatments for treating endometriosis. They are:
In contrast, and sometimes, in addition to conventional treatments, there are also alternative methods that can be taken in combating endometriosis. A few are listed below:
Here at Natural Healing Center of Myrtle Beach, we offer you alternatives such as diet and nutrition coaching, acupuncture, chiropractic care, advice and coaching on proper exercise, resonant therapy/high frequency therapy, and more, to fight off this disease. Contact our clinic for more information on how we may help. (843)-839-9996
Cleveland Clinic (1995-2013). Retrieved August 12, 2013 from http://my.clevelandclinic.org/disorders/endometriosis/hic_facts_about_endometriosis.aspx
Dr. Oz (2011). Retrieved August 13, 2013 from http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/alternative-therapies-endometriosis
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