Endometriosis is a condition that can occur following a woman's first menstrual period. Affecting 1 in 10 women and girls of reproductive age worldwide, more than 176 million women across all nations, cultures and ethnicities suffer from this condition. In fact, the actual number of women suffering from Endometriosis may actually be higher, as many go undiagnosed for years.
- Pain with periods, often the most common symptom.
- Symptoms such as bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, pain with bowel movements and wind.
- Sometimes diagnosed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Sub-fertility or Infertility Tiredness and Low Energy Back Pain Other Pain
- During ovulation or intermittently throughout the month.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Moodiness, emotional or irritable.
- Period discomfort is often normal. Distress is not.
Heavy or Irregular Menstrual Bleeding Bladder Trouble such as Interstitial Cystitis (IC)
Stages of Endometriosis
Endometriosis is classified worldwide according to stages / grades:
Mild or Stage / Grade I Endometriosis
- Small patches, surface lesions, or inflammation on or around organs in the pelvic cavity.
Moderate or Stage / Grade II or III Endometriosis
- Often more widespread and starting to infiltrate pelvic organs, peritoneum (pelvic side walls) or other structures. Sometimes also scarring and adhesions.
Severe or Stage / Grade IV Endometriosis
- Infiltrative and affecting many pelvic organs and ovaries, often with distortion of the anatomy and adhesions.
The extent of Endometriosis does not necessarily relate to the level of symptoms. For example, some women may have significant symptoms, despite only having stage / grade I Endometriosis.
Dietary Modification & Endometriosis
Diet can significantly help reduce the symptoms of Endometriosis in many women by up to 50%.
Through diet modification, Endometriosis symptoms can be improved by:
- Reducing pain, cramps and inflammation
- Minimising bloating
- Balancing out hormones
- Reducing the spread of the disease
- Increasing energy and overall health
- Boosting the immune system
The main goal of dietary modification is to reduce the excess of circulating oestrogen, which plays a key role in the development of Endometriosis. Dietary modification also aims to minimise the inflammation that occurs at the site of the endometrial implants.
Book an appointment with Diane today to discuss your Endometriosis.