Hormonal imbalances can be the cause of many women's health issues and be present in so many different ways. It is understandable that there is so much confusion on the subject! Standard treatment often involves hormonal medication or contraception which can be necessary to control severe symptoms. However, this does not always address the underlying drivers of these conditions and after ceasing medications the health issue can remain. Additionally, some medications can lead to undesirable side effects.
Endometriosis is a common disease affecting 10-15 % of women of reproductive age. This condition is characterised by endometrial-like tissue growing outside of the uterus causing pain and health complications. This tissue behaves in the way it does in the uterus; thickening and shedding with the menstrual cycle.
20,000 in New Zealand have endometriosis, that is roughly 1 in 10 women!
Worldwide, diagnosis can take over eight years to obtain from the time first symptoms present themselves.
A physical examination and an ultrasound assessment can help in forming a diagnosis; however, a normal physical examination and/or ultrasound does not exclude a diagnosis of endometriosis and, likewise, an abnormal examination or ultrasound does not confirm a diagnosis.
This condition is best managed through a multidisciplinary holistic approach including medical intervention, surgery where appropriate, integrative health options and self-management.
Symptoms of Endometriosis include:
Abnormal menstrual bleeding
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS). This might make you feel moody, emotional or irritable
Painful periods (dysmenorrhoea)
Pain in other places such as the lower back
Pain during ovulation or intermittently throughout the month
Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)
Persistent pelvic pain
Bowel problems like bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, pain with bowel movements, painful wind (sometimes diagnosed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Sub-fertility or infertility
Tiredness and low energy
Bladder troubles like interstitial cystitis (IC)
Here at Flourish Health Emporium our team of healthcare professionals are experienced in dealing with hormonal issues and their strategy for addressing endometriosis is focusing on reducing inflammation, supporting hormones, addressing possible immune and gut health issues, improving antioxidant status and more.
This is done using evidence-based suggestions which may include diet and lifestyle recommendations or herbal and nutritional supplements where appropriate while prioritising safety and consulting with your primary health care provider. We also utilize lab testing when appropriate because we believe testing is better than guessing!