Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Endometriosis is one of the most far-reaching, devastating and misunderstood diseases in the world today. It is estimated that there are over 70 million women and girls who have Endometriosis world-wide. Did you know that DWTS dancer Julianne Hough was diagnosed with endometriosis. It is more common as breast cancer or many other diseases, that are well known. Despite the huge numbers of women who suffer from this disease, few people have actually heard of it, but this is gradually changing, rather slowly.

Endometriosis: The uterus is lined with endometrial cells. These respond to a woman's monthly hormone cycle. When hormones are released from the ovary, the endometrial cells multiply and prepare to receive a fertilized egg. The lining of the uterus separates and bleeds. This is what causes the menstrual flow. The tissue growth (implant) typically occurs in the pelvic area, outside of the uterus, on the ovaries, bowel, rectum, bladder, and the delicate lining of the pelvis. However, the implants can occur in other areas of the body, too.

Endometrial cells outside of the uterus respond to monthly hormone cycle, also. They swell and bleed just like the lining of the uterus. This can lead to internal scarring. Menstrual pain may gradually worsen over time. The pelvic pain may start 1-2 weeks before menstruation. It may spread to the back and cause spotting. There many be pain during or after intercourse and pain with bowel movements. Endometriosis is a common cause for infertility.

One theory is that the endometrial cells loosened during menstruation may "back up" through the fallopian tubes into the pelvis. Once there, they implant and grow in the pelvic or abdominal cavities. This is called retrograde menstruation. This happens in many women, but there may be something different about the immune system in women who develop endometriosis compared to those who do not get the condition.

  • Painful periods
  • Pain in the lower abdomen or pelvic cramps that can be felt for a week or two before menstruation
  • Pain in the lower abdomen felt during menstruation (the pain and cramps may be steady and dull or severe)
  • Pain during or following sexual intercourse
  • Pain with bowel movements
  • Pelvic or low back pain that may occur at any time during the menstrual cycle


Treatment therefore comes down to the individual woman's needs, depending on her symptoms, her age, and her fertility wishes. She should discuss these with her physician so that they, together, can determine, which long term, holistic, treatment plan is best for her individual needs.

Peace ~ Love ~ Light

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