Endometriosis (Endo) is a huge health problem around the world. This disease roughly affects 1 in 10 women; usually between the ages of 15 to 49, which is approximately 176 million women in the world.
Endometriosis is certainly something men don’t have to worry about but it is important to understand how it can negatively impact the quality of life of the female who is dealing with endo symptoms.
Endometriosis is a disease in which tissue from the membrane that normally lines the uterus — the endometrium — grows outside the uterus, typically on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, intestines or other areas in the pelvis. Blood trapped in the ovaries may develop into benign cysts called endometrioma.
Women with endo face double the C-section rate which exposes them to more risk or potential complications. Certainly, these abdominal surgeries have saved the lives of countless babies and mothers around the world. In the United States, however, the procedure has become routine: nearly 32 percent of all babies are delivered by C-section, according to the Centers for Disease Control. According to the World Health Organization, the ideal rate should be no higher than 10-15 percent. Data from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists shows more women in the U.S. die after C-sections than they do after vaginal deliveries.
According to a study published in Fertility and Sterility, researchers found that women with surgically-diagnosed endometriosis were twice as likely to be at risk for placenta previa - a less common condition that occurs when the placenta is covering the cervix, for which a caesarean section is needed.
If you have been diagnosed with endometriosis and are looking for treatment options, there are a variety to choose from. Surgery, Drugs, Acupuncture, Low Level Light Therapy, Supplementation, Herbs and Diet all offer good results and can be used in combination with each other.
But here’s the good news! We can help. To read about someones journey with endo, I highly recommend reading Endo in the 604.
If you have questions about how we treat endometriosis please call for a complimentary 15 minute phone consultation. We are happy to discuss our treatment strategies and how they will benefit you if suffering from endometriosis.
In Great Health,
Jordan Titchener R.Ac., PCP., CLT.