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Endometriosis: causes, symptoms and treatment
Many of our clients wonder if, despite their endometriosis, they can still get pregnant. This gynecological disease is still very poorly understood. This is why in this article we return to endometriosis and its symptoms.
If you have any doubts, you will finally know if you have this disease and what to do. We even have a surprise for you at the end of the article to help ease the pain. So stay until the end.
Endometriosis: what is it?
But first of all, when do we speak of endometriosis? What is it exactly ?
Before you understand all of this, you must first know what an endometrium is. This is also called uterine lining or uterine tissue.
At the start of each menstrual cycle, the endometrium prepares for pregnancy. It therefore thickens to make room for the future fetus. If, on the other hand, at the end of the cycle, the egg has not fertilized, part of the endometrium is evacuated in the form of bleeding: this is the period.
Disorders related to endometriosis
Endometriosis therefore leads to lesions and the formation of cysts and nodules where the mucous membrane has settled. These are usually the outer surface of the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterine ligaments, the peritoneum (the membrane that encloses all of the organs in the abdomen), and in rare cases even the vagina. , cervix and abdominal wall.
Do you know why this is a disease? Because it causes great pain during menstruation, sexual intercourse or in case of intense fatigue. But also in some cases digestive, urinary and lower back pain.
However, what usually scares women with endometriosis the most is the risk of infertility.
How to detect endometriosis?
What are the signs of endometriosis? How to recognize it? This is the question many of our customers ask us. Studies show that 5 to 10% of women of childbearing age are affected by this pathology.
Usually the first symptoms are severe pelvic pain. Painful periods, pain during intercourse are the pains most often identified. But in the most severe cases, there is also umbilical pain, difficulty urinating, pain in defecation and other pelvic pain.
Warning ! Painful periods don't necessarily mean endometriosis. As long as the pain passes with pain relievers, you don't have to worry.
How to treat endometriosis?
Naturally, all those who suffer from it would like to be cured of endometriosis. It's not at all easy to live with this anomaly. Most importantly, the main concern of women is getting pregnant despite their endometriosis. Yes, endometriosis is one of the most common causes of infertility.
How to cure it then? The treatment to be adopted often depends on the patient's goals. Treatment for pain will be different from treatment for infertility. Everything will therefore depend on the symptoms observed in women. And whether or not you want to get pregnant.
Treatments for pain associated with endometriosis
If you simply want to alleviate the pain associated with endometriosis, you will be faced with several choices: treatment with strong analgesics or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), hormonal treatments, or even surgery.
In this case, you must inform yourself well and be sure of your decision. Hormonal treatment, for example based on contraceptives or progestins, aims to interrupt ovulation or to obtain an absence of periods (amenorrhea).
Treatment of infertility
If, on the other hand, your desire is to fight against infertility, it is recommended that you first go through a laparoscopy, in order to locate the lesions without having to open the belly.
And once that is done, treatment can be considered within 6 to 12 months of the procedure. Depending on your age and several other factors, you will be offered suggestions: stimulation of ovulation, insemination, or even in vitro fertilization.
Treatment of pain and infertility
If you want to treat both pain and infertility, you should know that fertility treatment will take priority.
Endometriosis: natural treatments to consider
Whatever your goals, if you have endometriosis, know that there are treatments available. You will need to discuss this with your doctor to determine which treatment is best for you.
But you know what ? Natural treatments are also available to help slow the progression of the disease. Osteopathy and acupuncture have also been recommended by the Haute Autorité de Santé since 2017 to relieve pain.
But since here we love plants, we are going to talk about them.
• Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory drug that will help relieve pain.
• Lady's mantle helps stop the formation of cysts.
• Certain plants would also have anti-inflammatory properties even if this remains to be proven: brunelle, Japanese mugwort, Peruvian liana, scarlet squash, viburnum, peony…
And guess what? Even green tea is said to have an effect on pain caused by endometriosis. Visit our online store to find herbal infusions of all kinds.
And if you want advice on choosing, contact us!