How to Get Rid of Endometriosis
Endometriosis is an often painful disease of the uterus which occurs during childbearing years and is a cluster of tissue that grows outside of the uterus. It is the same kind of tissue that lines the uterus. This tissue typically grows on the ovaries, intestines and on the fallopian tubes. It usually affects women from age eighteen to forty, but there are several ways to get rid of endometriosis.
The cause of this condition is not known and many who have this condition show no signs or symptoms and in general it is not life threatening. A contributing factor may be a breakdown of the immune system. Some of the common symptoms include:
- Nausea and or vomiting
- Diarrhea especially at the onset of the menstrual cycle
- Short, long or missed menstrual cycle
- Mood swings
- Pain in the pelvic area or cramps
- Pain in the lower back or abdomen
- Heavy bleeding or flow during period
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There are several ways to get rid of endometriosis. It can be treated with medications, surgery, by natural methods and by eating a healthy diet. The best medications to take to treat endometriosis are over the counter pain medicines that contain ibuprofen. These drugs are anti-inflammatory and help reduce pain and bleeding.
Another common medication that is used to treat this condition is birth control pills. They will help ease the pain and will help minimize the growth of tissue.
Hormone therapy is sometimes used because it helps shrink tissue. But it will stop periods, prevent pregnancy and it does have some side effects. Also pain often reoccurs after treatment.
Laparoscopy is another treatment option. It will help remove tissue, help lessen pain and can help women become pregnant.
As a last resort a hysterectomy, where the uterus ands ovaries are removed, is sometimes performed to reduce the severity of pain caused by this disease.
Natural remedies are sometimes used to get rid of endometriosis. Some herbs that help alleviate some of the symptoms include chaste berry, cramp bark and cohosh. Ginger tea helps lessen nausea. Also dandelion root, milk thistle and rosemary are effective at balancing hormone levels.
A healthy diet is also a way to treat endometriosis. A low fat, vitamin and fiber rich diet is highly recommended. Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables should be eaten as well as whole grain cereals, whole grains breads and flax seed oil. Caffeine, alcohol, sugar, fried foods and red meat should be eliminated from the diet. Dairy products and processed foods should be greatly reduced.
Regular exercise is also recommended to help get rid of endometriosis because it will help decrease estrogen levels and help slow down the growth of tissue.