At this stage there is no cure for endometriosis but plenty of ways that it can be managed. Depending on the severity and conditions of the case, treatment can get rid of symptoms completely or at least give a better quality of life by managing them. Understandably, many women want to get rid of the pain and other symptoms associated with endometriosis, as this condition can make everyday life quite difficult if it continues to be untreated.
A number of surgical and medical options are currently available on an individual basis (your doctor will let you know what you can opt for as both methods have their own pros and cons). Medication is usually a first step to investigating management of the condition. If there is no improvement, surgery or a combination of both is recommended. Whether gradual or sudden it is important to keep in mind that there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer to endometriosis treatment. You may also be provided with more than just one option and it may take some time before you find out which one works best for you.
Over the counter pain medications for example ibuprofen although these aren’t effective for all cases.
Taking supplemental hormones can sometimes relieve pain caused by endometriosis. Medication therapy is used to regulate the body’s natural hormone growth.
Hormonal contraceptives decrease fertility and may even eliminate the pain of endometriosis, regardless of its severity. Birth control pills, patches and vaginal rings can help treat this disorder by stopping or slowing down monthly growth and build up of endometrial tissue. The medroxyprogesterone (Depo-Provera) injection is also effective in stopping menstruation, which disables the endometrial implants and hormonal cycle. It relieves pain and other symptoms like headaches during menstruation although is not often a first choice due to its counter reaction of decreased bone density, weight gain, and increased incidence of depression among other side effects.
Women on hormone therapy often take GnRH agonists and antagonists, which block the production of estrogen. Estrogen is the main hormone responsible for changes in a woman’s body during puberty and particularly during menopause. By blocking it, one can create an artificial menopause. Side effects of vaginal dryness and hot flashes may occur on the medication.
Danazol, or Danocrine, is another medicine that stops your periods and may relieve some of the symptoms. While taking Danazol, you will continue to ovulate normally, although your regular cycles can still be unpredictable. Side effects include acne and hirsutism which is growth of coarse hair in places like on your face or lower abdomen.
Conservative surgery for endometriosis is recommended when a woman has not experienced success with hormonal treatments, if severe pain exists or the patient has an increased chance of becoming pregnant and giving birth. The short term goals of conservative surgery in this instance are to remove and/or destroy endometrial growths without doing any damage to the reproductive organs.
Surgery is most often recommended as a last resort to treating endometriosis. During this most extreme of surgeries, the surgeon removes your uterus and cervix along with your ovaries due to the fact that these organs make estrogen. Your estrogen levels can lead to more growth of endometrial tissue. Once these organs are out, the doctor will remove visible lesions.
At Centre of Balance we treat Endometriosis with Chinese Herbal Medicine and acupuncture. Our Methods begin with an in depth examination of your life style and the factors of your condition. The focus of Chinese medicine is to restore balance in the function of the organs. We manage Endometriosis with Chinese herbs and acupuncture to
- Support lifestyle and dietary changes to improve the body’s vitality
- Stimulate blood flow to the uterus by removing the stagnant qi and blood
- Assist in relaxing and relieving stress associated to the disease
- Regulate hormonal balance by improving the function of the liver
- Reduce cramps and regulate the menstrual cycle
Chinese Herbal Medicine is a natural approach to health management with no need to worry about any side effects. Contact us at Centre of Balance to see how we can help you.
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