Endometriosis is a painful condition which involves small sections of uterine tissue within the endometrium to migrate into the muscular wall of the uterus, out along the fallopian tubes or sometimes implants itself onto the surface of the ovaries, the pelvis, scars, or digestive system organs. This outcast endometrial tissue responds to monthly cycles of estrogen and progesterone by swelling with blood, thickening and shedding at the time of menses. This activity can cause chronic pain, inflammation, spasms, cramps, nausea in individuals affected with this condition. These symptoms usually subside once menstruation ceases.
The endometrial tissue responds to reproductive hormones and there this tissue will bleed at the time of menses, however the cause of the problem may be associated also with inflammation, spread via lymph/ blood and trauma (surgery) to the site. This bleeding outside of the uterus and into the pelvic cavity (pelvic inflammatory disease) may result in fibrosis (hardening of the tissue) and adhesions within the area.
It is possible that women who have a shorter menstrual cycle and longer and heavier menses have a greater opportunity for endometrial contamination due to increased exposure to menses. Oestrogen is the dominant hormone for the first two weeks of the menses cycle (builds endometrial lining) with Progesterone being dominant in the second half of the cycle. Women with a shortened cycle length have increased exposure to higher circulating Oestrogen levels and less exposure to protective Progesterone. This does not mean that women with Endometriosis have higher levels of circulating Oestrogen, it means that they are more sensitive to circulating Oestrogen. Therefore primary treatment is to reduce the amount of Oestrogen in the body so that the pelvic congestion and endometrial tissue becomes less sensitive to Oestrogen.
Hormonal balancing and a reduction of cyclical dysfunction needs time to balance out, therefore a Naturopath will always suggest that you take at least 3-6 months to address the cause of the condition which is essentially an imbalance of the females hormones estrogen and progesterone via the Hypothalamus and Pituitary glands (the master hormonal regulating glands).
Naturopathy is an holistic form of medicine that takes into account many aspects of the individuals health and lifestyle in order to formulate a treatment plan that best assists each individual to attain their optimum level of health. An in depth face to face consultation is required to gather information such as physical signs and symptoms, diet and lifestyle habits, family and medical history plus emotional and spiritual issues. The information provided by Askanaturopath.com is of a general nature to help you gain greater knowledge about the body and available Natural Therapies. We recommend you see a qualified Health care practitioner in order to obtain a well informed diagnosis and treatment plan for your individual condition.