Posted on Feb 07, 2008 | Comments 0
Endometriosis is the most common gynecological disease in 10 to 20 percent of American women of childbearing age and up to 2 million women in UK.
Endometriosis is a chronic and debilitating pain in many women.
It is one of the main causes of female infertility. When cells that found normally in the uterus lining implant in other abdominal areas such as women’s fallopian tubes, ovaries, intestine and bladder, endometriosis can occur.
Endometriosis and uterine fibroids:
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths in uterus that are common in women. These fibroids occur in uterus of women over the age of 35. If you have fibroids, you will not aware of them as they do not cause any problem in many of them.
But, in some women, these fibroids cause heavy menstrual periods, feeling of pressure in lower abdomen, sudden or long lasting pain and bleeding between periods. If you have uterine fibroids, excessive bleeding can result in anemia. Shortage of blood can make you sick and tired.
Risk factors that cause endometriosis and fibroids:
Abnormal growth of tissues can occur due to excessive estrogen and causes both endometriosis and fibroids in women. When production of estrogen decreases during menopause, uterine fibroids go away normally.
Even low dose oral contraceptives can cause swelling in the breasts and increase the risk of endometriosis and fibroids in women.
Drinking too much coffee increases the estrogen levels, this in turn triggers fibroid growth. Eating red meat also doubles the risk of developing fibroids, while eating plenty of vegetables and fruits can cut the risk of fibroids by half.
How fibroids or endometriosis can be identified?
Some of the warning signs from which fibroids or endometriosis can be recognized.
- Painful and excessive menstruation with large clots of blood and abnormal menstrual bleeding
- Severe abdominal pain
- Abdominal bloating and chronic fluid retention
- Frequent urination
- Irregular bowel movements during menstruation
- Fullness sensation in the abdomen
Balancing hormones for endometriosis and fibroids relief with natural therapies:
- Reduce the intake of caffeine, as it can aggravate fibroids.
- Choose the foods that are high in essential fatty acids. These foods help in metabolizing hard and clogged saturated fats that contribute to the growth of fibroids. These fats also help in maintaining hormonal balance and reducing inflammation.
- Add more fiber to your diet to balance the estrogen levels. More fiber means less estrogen circulation and reduced body congestion as excess estrogen is excreted through the bowel.
- A low fat vegetarian diet can help in improving the condition of breast swelling and painful cramps within few days.
- Maintain a healthy weight to reduce the risk of fibroids and their recurrence. Fat is a storage place for hormone and wastes that encourage growth of fibroids.
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