It is important to have an understanding of the basics about endometriosis because it will help women who suffer from this condition know what and why they need to keep healthy and do as much as possible to establish hormone balance.
This condition is on the increase, and there are many thoughts about this. We suspect that the high oestrogen levels in western women are a contributing factor. It can be hereditory (runs in families) and can have immune dysfunction involvement. And of course, stress and emotional issues are often involved.
But in all these possible causes, the common theme is a hormonal imbalance. And the good news is that you can do something about that and usually see beneficial improvements.
This is a common medical condition where the tissue of the lining of the uterus, called the ‘endometrium’, is found outside the uterus, affecting other organs in the pelvis such as the bowel or ovaries.
This condition usually develops in women of reproductive age.
Most endometrial tissue is found on structures in the pelvic cavity: ovaries, fallopian tubes, the front and back of the uterus, uterine ligaments, intestines and the bladder.
It may spread to the cervix and vagina or to sites of a surgical abdominal incision.
This condition can lead to serious health problems, primarily pain and infertility.
It is the most common gynaecological problem after fibroids. The National
Endometriosis Society estimates that between 1.5 and 2 million women in
Britain have endometriosis. In the US, that number is closer to 5
million. Up to 10% of Australian women suffer from this condition.