This is a painful and chronic condition which is seen in 1 in 10 women and girls in the United States. Endometriosis has an even higher incidence in infertile women, statistics show that 25 to 50% of infertile women have endometriosis, and 30 to 50% of women with endometriosis are infertile.
Endometriosis occurs when the uterine lining or endometrium which normally lines the uterus is found outside of the uterus on other organs internally in the pelvic or abdominal area. This abnormal placement of the endometrium can be seen on the bladder, bowel, ovaries, or anywhere in the abdominal cavity.
The patient can experience a wide range of symptoms, symptoms include:
- Mild to severe cramping
- Frequent urination
- Pain during bowel movements
- Pain during intercourse
- Heavy menstrual flow
- Prolonged menstrual cycles
- In some case there maybe no symptoms at all
The endometrial tissue in different areas responds to the hormones during a menstrual cycle the same way as the uterine lining. This may cause pain, swelling or adhesions and possibly long term consequences.
At our clinic we address the endometriosis by effectively managing the pain and underlying inflammation and preventing complications with acupuncture, herbal treatments, lifestyle and dietary changes.