Throughout the month of March we have been promoting awareness of Endometriosis. This is a painful, sometimes debilitating condition that can cause fertility problems. It has been estimated that it affects 10-15% of women between the ages of 24 -40 years of age. However, the numbers are most likely even higher as it often takes many years to get properly diagnosed. This is a significant number of women of reproductive age affected.
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.
March is endometriosis awareness month, and before it draws to a close, I want to acknowledge the courageous and resilient women I know and don’t know who struggle with this condition.
Once in awhile I will encounter a patient who endures being on the very severe end of the spectrum of endometriosis...
If you have been diagnosed with Endometriosis, you don’t need to be told how painful it can be. Many women I treat hope for a weekend period so they don’t have to keep making excuses to miss work, meetings, and parties. Endometriosis is not simply painful periods, although it is that. It is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects up to 10% of women of reproductive age in Canada. We offer endometriosis treatments in Vancouver.
March is endometriosis awareness month which reminded me of a blog I had written a few months ago about a patient who had been struggling with infertility.
Commuting along the seawall is my favourite part of summer. My even more favourite part of summer is running into people that I know, with their sunshiny smiling faces. I find when the Vancouver sun comes out, it invites the sunshine in all of us to come out. Last week, I ran into two especially beautiful faces, that I hadn’t seen in about 8 years. The last time I had seen one of those faces, it was a wee newborn one, and to see it all grown up with dimples and a toothy grin completely made my day.
Although we focus much of our treatments for fertility we rarely only treat reproductive health. Almost all of our patients have problems in other areas of their health which generally improve while we treat their fertility. A healthy body usually means optimal fertility!
Endometriosis effects a large percentage of the patients I see in my practice. In most of these cases it has been a part of their infertility diagnosis as well as years of discomfort associated with their period. For the majority of these women their only mode of relief was from anti inflammatories such as Advil or by taking the Birth Control Pill. Neither of which offer long term relief once stopped. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine offers a strong treatment for both painful periods and endometriosis.
Endometriosis is one of the many conditions we treat regularly here at Acubalance as well as something I have suffered from myself.
After laparoscopic surgery to get me to baseline, I learned to use Chinese medicine to keep this tenacious condition from coming back. Conventional treatment options for endometriosis are either to:
I was reminded of a patient I had seen a while ago and I wanted to share her story to help encourage those who have endometriosis and are trying to get pregnant. Endometriosis is a stubborn problem and many of my patients come in extremely discouraged and frustrated. There is hope!