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Just because something is common doesn’t mean it’s normal.

Endometriosis.net says the following:

In the U.S. alone, nearly 6.5 million women have endometriosis. That means roughly 1 in 10 U.S. women between ages 15 and 44 live with the condition. Other countries report similar rates of endometriosis.

Endometriosis is a common, painful condition. But it’s not normal, and it’s not a life sentence.

What is Endometriosis?

UCLA Health explains endometriosis as follows:

Endometriosis is a disease in which the endometrium (the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus or womb) is present outside of the uterus. Endometriosis most commonly occurs in the lower abdomen or pelvis, but it can appear anywhere in the body. Symptoms of endometriosis include lower abdominal pain, pain with menstrual periods, pain with sexual intercourse, and difficulty getting pregnant. On the other hand, some women with endometriosis may not have any symptoms at all.

What causes Endometriosis?

Endometriosis.org has this to say about the cause:

There are different hypotheses as to what causes endometriosis. Unfortunately, none of these theories have ever been entirely proven, nor do they fully explain all the mechanisms associated with the development of the disease.

Thus, the cause of endometriosis remains unknown.

Most scientists working in the field of endometriosis do agree, however, that endometriosis is exacerbated by oestrogen. Subsequently, most of the current treatments for endometriosis attempt to temper oestrogen production in a woman’s body in order to relieve her of symptoms.

At the moment there are no treatments, which fully cure endometriosis.

Several theories have become more accepted, and reality is that it may be a combination of factors, which make some women develop endometriosis.

Is it an Autoimmune Disorder?

Theories have been brought up that endometriosis could be either caused or linked to autoimmune issues. A study by PubMed looked into the link with the objective being:

The aim of this study was to systematically review the literature on population-based studies investigating an association between endometriosis and autoimmune diseases and to conduct a meta-analysis of combinable results to investigate the extent and robustness of evidence.

The results of this study were recorded as follows:

The studies quantified an association between endometriosis and several autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Sjögren’s syndrome (SS), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), autoimmune thyroid disorder, coeliac disease (CLD), multiple sclerosis (MS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and Addison’s disease. However, the quality of the evidence was generally poor due to the high risk of bias in the majority of the chosen study designs and statistical analyses. Only 5 of the 26 studies could provide high-quality evidence, and among these, 4 supported a statistically significant association between endometriosis and at least 1 autoimmune disease: SLE, SS, RA, CLD, MS, or IBD.

While links have been found, then, and some people have found success in treating endometriosis with autoimmune disorder medication, this system doesn’t work for every case, and therefore there’s not enough proof to determine cause.

Fungal, Mold, and Yeast Overgrowths

This is a connection our own doctors have often seen. Yeastinfection.org puts it this way:

Whilst I have met women with endometriosis who do not have thrush or a candida problem, I have not often met a woman with endometriosis who does not have some type of history of candida, and then who has generally suppressed the condition with a cream or antibiotic. She may have had the thrush many years ago, and this was then supposedly “cured”, which only serves to drive it further into the endometrium, thereby potentially causing eventual endometriosis.”

Women’s International adds the following:

Wayne Konetzki, MD, a member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM), has observed that most women with endometriosis have allergies to Candida albicans. … Dr. Konetzki claims that Candida albicans yeast may have either progesterone and/or estrogen receptors on their cell walls. Increased hormone blood levels may cause yeast to overgrow, which then exacerbates endometriosis symptoms. Endometriosis symptoms often diminish with anti-yeast treatment, which of course includes eliminating sugar from the diet.”

The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine has the following to say about mold and endometriosis:

For women, mold toxicity may cause imbalances between progesterone and estrogen or just overall low levels of progesterone, testosterone estrogen, and DHEA. Therefore, women can experience various medical conditions such as infertility, irregular cycles, endometriosis, premenstrual syndrome or PMS, and a depressed mood.

How Does This Work?

Yeast and estrogen, when brought together, form a compound that’s difficult for the liver to clear. That compound can settle in the body as scar tissue. Scar tissue produces more hormone, which the body has to work to clear, as well. The challenge for the body then becomes trying to clear the hormone faster than the body creates it.

As the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine stated above, mold toxicity can cause hormone imbalances. Estrogens encourage cell growth, so when they’re high without the progesterone to rein them in, they do what they’re supposed to do.

Liver not Functioning Properly

Your liver is the organ that clears the hormones in the body. If your liver isn’t functioning properly or is sluggish, it can easily fall behind, leaving more hormones in the body than it needs.

If you have a genetic mutation like MTHFR, which causes the liver to naturally be more sluggish, this can be a bigger issue. In this situation, supporting your liver is vital.

Infertility as a Result of Endometriosis

Endometriosis causes a lot of inflammation in the uterus. Inflammation summons the immune system to come clear up the problem, which, in turn, creates a hostile environment for any embryos that may form.

As stated above, the compound created by estrogen and yeast settles in the uterus as scar tissue. This scar tissue makes it harder for an embryo to embed in the wall of the uterus.

Both of these circumstances can lead to a difficulty in conceiving and getting pregnant.

Where is the End to Endometriosis?

The NIH says the following about endometriosis treatments:

There is currently no cure for endometriosis, but there are treatment options for related pain and infertility. … Not all treatments work well for all women with endometriosis. Also, endometriosis symptoms may return after the treatment is stopped or, in the case of surgery, as more time passes after the procedure.

Some women have found success with autoimmune treatments, although, these too, do not work for every woman.

The Wellness Way Approach

Here at the Wellness Way, we know the body doesn’t make mistakes–it is constantly striving for wellness and homeostasis. We have been able to help women clear up their endometriosis by going back to the source. What is causing the overgrowth of the endometrial lining? What can you trace it back to?

Get Tested

The answer to this question starts with getting tested. Get your hormones tested. Your hormones are the messengers for everything happening in your body, and the way various organs and processes are being handled. Knowing what your body is telling itself can help point you back to the problem. Other tests that might not seem to connect at first blush are also helpful. How is your liver functioning, filtering hormones? How is your mental stress? Stress reduces progesterone, which helps balance out the body’s estrogens. Do you have deficiencies in other areas of the body? What is your history with yeast, mold, and fungal overgrowths?

The tests are different for each woman dealing with endometriosis, because–as with everything health-related–one size doesn’t fit all. More often, one size fits none. Most of the time, there is more than one factor for why a woman is dealing with endometriosis, and if you treat each woman the same way, it isn’t going to work for them all.

Next Steps

What did your tests reveal? Do you have mold or a yeast infection you have to detox from? Do you need to decrease your mental stress? How are your hormones?

It’s important, when you need the liver to clear hormones, to help it function properly. Stay away from sugar, take supplements advised by people who know what you’re working on and the state your particular liver and hormones are in. Make sure to include organ meat and advised glandular supplements into your diet. The liver is fully regenerative–it is the only organ in your body that is. Sometimes, it just needs a little boost to get back to where it needs to be.

Retest

Having tests done is how you learn where your body is, and what you need to address. When you address that, the state of your body changes. When this happens, we need to do another test to find out where your body is, now, and reassess. Your Wellness Way practitioner can help you determine the best way to do that.

Endometriosis is painful and frustrating. Because there’s no one, singular cause behind it, it can be hard and frustrating to find solutions. The good news is that the human body doesn’t make mistakes. Those who know how to read the body can trace challenges back to their source and get them to clear up naturally. To get the internal workings of your Swiss watch tested, and get started with practitioners who know how to assess and help support the body to restore health, contact a Wellness Way clinic today!

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