Is there a link between endometriosis and miscarriage? If so, what causes it? What are some possible treatments or cures? Are there any risks associated with these treatments or cures?
These questions have been asked many times over the years. The answers to them are not always clear. Most doctors don’t believe that there is such a link, but they may be wrong!
What Causes Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a disease caused by abnormal cells (endometrial) growing outside of the uterus. It’s most common form is polyps, which grow inside the womb. Other forms include cysts, fibroids, and endometriomas. Polyps usually start out small and then grow larger over time until they become large enough to block up your fallopian tubes or even rupture them completely.
Cysts are benign growths that develop in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or other organs. They’re often mistaken for ovarian cancer because they look similar to those tumors. Cysts can sometimes be removed surgically if detected early enough. However, these types of cancers rarely come back and most women never need treatment again once their fertility returns naturally.
Fibroids are noncancerous growths that usually appear around joints and muscles. They can be found anywhere in the body, but most occur in the uterus or brain. The cause of endometriomas is unknown. They are endometriosis growths that are sometimes filled with blood. Usually, they are found outside of the uterus on ovaries and fallopian tubes.
These types of growths can cause infertility by blocking up the fallopian tubes or by twisting them.
Endometriosis also causes pain during periods or even between them. It can also cause infertility because it prevents the fertilization of an egg by a man’s swimmers. In fact, women with endometriosis are three times more likely to be sterile than those without it.
Can Endometriosis be Cured?
Right now, there is no cure for endometriosis. There are many treatment options in order to manage the pain that it causes. Common treatments for endometriosis include:
Painkillers (analgesics) such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen). These can help give temporary relief from the pain caused by endometriosis.
Hormonal birth control pills can help regulate hormonal imbalances that are associated with endometriosis. These can help relieve the pain and reduce the size of growths. Of course, birth control pills do not stop growths entirely, as they do not get rid of the disease completely.
Natural therapies such as herbs and vitamins might give some relief from the pain caused by endometriosis.
Surgery is usually the last option for endometriosis. It can help to remove growths or cysts, but it doesn’t always stop them from coming back. If all else fails, a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) may be necessary.
What Can You Do to Manage Endometriosis?
There are many things that you can do to manage endometriosis without resorting to drugs or surgery. These include:
Exercise is a great way to help manage the pain caused by endometriosis. It also helps to manage stress, which can be a trigger for the disease. So get out there and go for a brisk walk, run, or bike ride. You’ll feel better both physically and mentally.
Cut back on caffeine, as it has been linked to painful menstrual cramps.
Make dietary changes such as eating foods rich in calcium and fiber. Calcium is important for healthy bones and fiber helps relieve constipation and reduce the severity of menstrual cramps.
Get enough rest. Sleep deprivation has been linked to a worsening of the symptoms of endometriosis.
Manage stress in your life as stress can trigger the disease and worsen its symptoms.
There are also alternative therapies that may help in relieving the pain caused by endometriosis. These include:
Acupuncture has been used to relieve pain for centuries. A typical session involves the insertion of very thin needles into “acupuncture points” located all over the body.
Hypnosis can be used to relieve pain associated with endometriosis. In a typical hypnosis session, a therapist advises the patient to imagine a place where they feel safe and at ease.
Massage therapy can help to relieve pain by increasing the blood flow to the affected area.
Herbal therapies can be used to relieve pain caused by endometriosis. These include ingredients such as aloe vera, black cohosh, and ginger root.
Endometriosis can have a significant impact on your life. It can make it difficult to go about your day-to-day tasks, and in severe cases, it can even lead to infertility.
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