If you suffer from excessive bleeding, abdominal cramps and extreme discomfort and pain during your menstrual cycles, chances are you may be suffering from a condition called endometriosis. Endometriosis is usually characterized by the formation of the endometrium (a special tissue that forms the thick inner lining of the uterine wall which is detached from the uterus and shed via the vagina during menstrual cycles) on other uncommon areas of the uterus like the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the pelvic lining etc.
In a normal menstrual cycle, the endometrium lining the uterus walls detaches from the same and moves out of the body via the vagina in what is called ‘shedding’. However, in the case of endometriosis the endometrium lining the other areas of the uterus detaches from the same but does not move outside the body. Rather, this excess endometirum ends up circulating inside the uterus and becomes trapped in the pelvic region, thereby causing inflammation, pain, cysts or even cancer in the long run.
Symptoms Of Endometriosis
Endometriosis is usually characterized by extreme pain and discomfort during menstrual cycles. The pain would be almost unbearable and women who suffer from the condition would find it very hard to even move about. Some of the other symptoms associated with endometriosis include excessive vaginal bleeding (also called as menorrhagia), spotting, bleeding in between monthly cycles, painful bowel movement and extremely painful sexual intercourse.
In certain cases, infertility can be traced back to endometriosis. However, the surprising fact is that even though endometriosis is accompanied by a list of not so pleasant symptoms, some women would tend to experience no symptoms at all and would usually find out about the issue during a general pelvic checkup.
Natural Treatment For Endometriosis
Although endometriosis can be treated by conventional medications and treatments, there are plenty of natural remedies for the condition that could also provide fruitful results. Accordingly, certain ancient remedies aim to treat endometriosis by targeting the underlying reason for the condition. And one such common reason for endometriosis happens to be a liver that does not function properly.
These remedies help to improve the liver’s general condition and performance in addition to toning the reproductive system. And although these herbal medications would take some time to provide fruitful results, they would offer permanent relief from the condition as opposed to conventional medications and treatments that provide only partial or temporary results.
Certain herbs that are used to treat endometriosis in women include mil thistle (tones the liver and takes care of problems related to the same) and chasteberry (also called as vitex agnus-castus) and don quai, both of which help to balance the hormone levels in the body.
Why You Should Not Opt For Conventional Medications Or Treatments
As mentioned above, conventional medications would only provide short term relief from endometriosis and its related symptoms. For example, NSAIDs can be used to take care of the symptoms related to endometriosis, including pelvic pain, menstrual cramps and pain during sexual intercourse.
Birth control pills and other drugs that act as hormone regulators would help reduce the symptoms of endometriosis, including the endometrial deposits as well. These drugs would offer a temporary solution for endometriosis, provided they are taken on a regular basis. Failure to do so would cause the symptoms of endometriosis to come back in full swing and cause more troubles.
In addition to not providing permanent relief from endometriosis and its related symptoms, these hormonal medications and NSAIDs would cause other unnecessary side effects in the body, including hot flashes, thrombosis, reduced bone density, premature menopause, liver related disorders, vaginal dryness etc.
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