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Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition in which endometrial cells which line the uterus grow outside the uterus, most commonly on the ovaries, uterus, bowels and fallopian tubes. The cells respond to female hormones in a way similar to endometrial cells inside the uterus, by multiplying and swelling through the month and breaking down at period time. The abnormal bleeding can cause organs such as the bladder or bowel to ‘stick’ to the uterus or distort the fallopian tubes and ovaries, affecting fertility.

The symptoms of endometriosis include painful menstruation, painful sexual intercourse, abdominal, pelvic or back pain, nausea and fatigue. The pain experienced during menstruation can be disabling and severely affect a women’s ability to function each month. Up to 30-50% of women with endometriosis experience infertility.

Current medical treatment includes pain relieving medication, surgery and drugs to control hormonal stimulation of the endometrial tissue.

 

Acupuncture can help to relieve pain and other symptoms of endometriosis

Endometriosis

Our approach

Acupuncture helps to reduce period and pelvic pain and other symptoms associated with endometriosis.

Treatment is normally given in the second half of the menstrual cycle, though it may also be given at other times depending upon the patterns identified, in order to help resolve the endometriosis. Dietary and lifestyle changes can play an important part in treating endometriosis and patients are given clear information and advice in these areas.

If you are seeking to improve your fertility, plan to have acupuncture for 3-4 cycles before trying to conceive, as treatment protocols for endometriosis powerfully move blood in the pelvis and are not recommended when trying to conceive.

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