Do you know of a friend who misses work one day a month and who is such pain at the beginning of “the curse” that she has to stay in bed, dose herself with Ibuprofan or some other pain killer for relief? Chances are that this woman is suffering from the disease of endometriosis. Big Word – matches the pain and the problems it causes. 80% of infertility patients can figure this is the cause of their diffuculty in conceiving.
The endometrium is what we call the lining of the uterus. The uterus itself has two functions: 1) it contains and nourishes the baby from the beginning of a pregnancy until birth, 2) it helps with the delivery of the baby.
Our ovaries produce the eggs and the hormones that build the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) to prepare for the fertilized egg to implant. If the egg is not fertilized, this lining is shed each month through bleeding (menstration)
Endometriosis is this same tissue but is found in places other than the uterus – the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowels, as well as on body tissue in the abdomen. When menstration begins and the hormones cause the uterus to shed its lining, endometrial tissue in these other areas also break apart and bleed. Whereas the menstrual flluid from the uterus flows freely from the body, the tissue of the other organs are surrounded by inflammation which attempts to be absorbed back into the blood.
This inflammation subsides when bleeding ends and scar tissue is formed around the area. It also may cause adhesions (scarring of the fallopian tubes and tubal blockage, leading to etopic pregnancies) and abnormal tissue growth that binds organs together. Some patches may rupture and spread contents to other pelvic areas. The disease is often associated with irritable bowel
syndrome, hormonal dysfunction, and some cancers.
Charting her cycle will usually identify the presence of endometriosis as the post ovulatory phase will indicate the lack of progesterone, the hormone necessary to support a pregnancy and also modifies the immune system.
The best way to treat this disease is by surgery. An expert in this area of medicine is able to use new methods such as those developed in the new science of NaProTECHNOLOGY, to prevent adhesions from forming as a result of the surgery. Although there is a chance of recurrence of the disease, usually long lasting relief can be expected as well as successful pregnancies
Mary Ann runs the Fertility Care Centre of Chatham-Kent. For more information, please contact her at 519-354-0265 or visit ww.fertilitycarecenterck.org. A free introductory session is offered monthly at the CK Health Alliance