Endometriosis is a painful condition that affects 1 in 10 women of childbirth age. Every month, normal hormonal changes result in the lining of the uterus to thicken. This is a normal as if preparing for pregnancy. If a woman doesn’t fall pregnant, the lining of the uterus (endometrial tissue) breaks down and is released from the body as menstrual blood and this is a normal part of the menstrual cycle.
Endometriosis results when the endometrial tissue develops outside of the uterus. Women with this condition experience problems when the endometrial tissue is not released from the body, and this, in turn, leads to swelling (an inflammatory response) and pain. In this situation, you may experience common symptoms such as painful periods, heavy bleeding or clotting, irregular periods. You may also experience symptoms such as chronic fatigue, pain during intercourse, cramping and pelvic pain.
We recognise that in cases of mild endometriosis, the symptoms can result in issues with fertility, conception or even the normal development of an early-stage embryo. In more moderate to severe cases, tissue scarring can get in the way of healthy ovulation and interfere with the clear movement of the egg through the fallopian tubes. We also understand that other issues such as the prevention the sperm from reaching the egg for fertilization, can also arise.
Having said that, many women with endometriosis go on to have healthy pregnancies and births with no difficulties.
Causes of Endometriosis
There are several possible causes for this disorder, including hormonal factors, immune dysfunction, lifestyle issues. For example, we are learning that exposure to environmental toxins can play a part in endometriosis. In addition, we know that genetics can also play a role in the development of this disease. A laparoscopy is one of the more common methods used to diagnose this disorder.
Acupuncture can be effective in managing pain, easing discomfort and regulating menstruation. One of the primary benefits of Acupuncture for women suffering from this disorder is to reduce blood stagnation, therefore improving blood flow to the uterus and the entire reproductive area, further nourishing the body. Acupuncture also helps to minimise stress-related symptoms of anxiety or depression that may result.
Another benefit of acupuncture is supporting overall health and wellbeing, providing more energy and stamina for each individual.
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Written by Rosa Ghidella