Endometriosis is a condition that affects your endometrium in your uterus. If you have the condition, you have implants or patches of the endometrial tissue outside the uterus. You may experience chronic abdominal pain, painful periods, and heavy bleeding as a sign of this complication. Fortunately, Midwood endometriosis specialists at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC, provide an effective range of treatment options for this condition. The best way to efficiently and effectively manage endometriosis is through a comprehensive approach, as outlined below.
Understanding Possible Causes and Symptoms
This is one way to see that your condition is well managed, as when the cause of endometriosis is identified, it determines the approach to be taken. Also, knowing the symptoms can help choose the best treatment option to address the specific symptoms.
It is good to understand that endometriosis can be caused by retrograde menstruation, hormonal changes, surgical error, Mullerianosis, and many other causes. It will help your provider use the best treatment option that will effectively control your condition.
Hormonal Therapy and Surgery
It is your hormones that cause lesions changes that are similar to the menstrual cycle. Therefore, hormonal therapy can help manage endometriosis, and you need to ask your doctor about it. You can take progesterone, which is similar to your body’s hormone progesterone, which reduces estrogen production, and ovulation is stopped.
There are different forms of progestin you can use, and you need to consult your doctor to help you know the best option suitable for you. You can take pills daily to decrease menstrual flow without affecting the uterus lining. However, if you stop taking the pills, the symptoms can come back.
You can also use an IUD, which helps to relieve endometriosis-related pain. It also reduces the lesion’s size and decreases the menstrual flow.
When you opt for injections, you have to take them once every three months. As a result, your menstrual flow is generally stopped, but you may experience bleeding as you begin to take the injection.
To some extent, it is good to consider the possibility of surgical treatments. Conservative surgical options can be used to remove adhesions and the tissue to restore the normal pelvic anatomy. However, your provider needs to perform a laparoscopy, a minimally invasive procedure aimed at removing or destroying the lesions without affecting the normal tissues.
Apply Diet and Natural Remedies
Research shows that your diet can have a significant effect on the prevalence and severity of endometriosis. Exposure to environmental chemicals has also been found to be a possible cause of the condition. Therefore, you can reduce the chemical intake by avoiding or reducing the amount of animal fat you consume.
Eating more vegetables provides a group of plant chemicals in your body that can regulate estrogen metabolism by inhibiting aromatase.
You can also eat more flaxseed as they are high in fiber and lignans, which are good in such estrogen-related conditions as endometriosis.
You should include other important constituents in your diet: Omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium supplements, calcium, and vitamin C and E.
Several natural remedies can help you manage endometriosis and include the use of goldenseal herb and cramp bank. The goldenseal can have anti-inflammatory, astringent, antibiotics, and immune-stimulating properties. The cramp bank can be used to reduce uterine cramps as it acts as a muscle relaxant.
A comprehensive approach is required. Different approaches can be combined to deliver optimal results to manage endometriosis effectively and efficiently. Your Provider at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC, will discuss with you all the options after diagnosing your condition.