March is Endometriosis Awareness Month

Endometriosis is a painful gynaecological condition, which can cause significant loss of quality of life and daily function in women. Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of it, and this tissue grows and bleeds in sync with the menstrual cycle.

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Symptoms of Endometriosis Include:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Painful periods
  • Pelvic pain
  • Painful sex
  • Painful urination
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Fatigue
  • Infertility

Treatments for Endometriosis

Many women are looking for a holistic approach to managing their symptoms. Here are some evidence-based suggestions that may help and provide some relief:

1. Limit plastics: Early research on endometriosis found a link between environmental toxins and the development of endometriosis. Plastics are a source of enviromental toxins, and a study in Japan found that using BPA/BPS-free products when possible, avoiding storing plastic water bottles at high temperatures, and avoiding microwaving plastic containers are a few ways of limiting environmental exposure.

Plastic water bottles

2. Limit red meat: Historically, dioxins were the one of the first environmental toxins linked to endometriosis.Today, the women’s greatest exposure to dioxins comes from diet, primarily dietary fat. Reduction in dietary saturated fat (mostly found in red meat) has been widely recommended in endometriosis research. As an alternative, increase fish intake to at least twice a week, and consider adding an omega-3 supplement to your routine.

3. Oil and Fats: Research shows that olive oil may reduce menstrual cramps.  If possible try to include 1 serving per day (ex. drizzled over a salad, not cooked). Nuts also contain a high ratio of beneficial fats, and should be included in one’s diet if possible.

4. Fruits and Vegetables: Statistically, women diagnosed with endometriosis eat far fewer vegetables and fruits compared to those without. Research shows that increasing fruits and vegetables (8-10 servings per day) and antioxidants, can decrease pelvic pain by reducing inflammation.

Fruits and Vegetables for endemetriosis

5. Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. In women with endometriosis, it has been shown to relieve painful periods, shorten pain duration, and improve quality of life and well-being.

6. Supplements: Melatonin and vitamin D have been shown to reduce pain in women with endometriosis. Ginger has been shown to do the same, and may be more superior. It’s also an herb that can be helpful for a short period of time (ex. used in and around the menstrual cycle). For more information on dosing instructions of these supplements or to have your vitamin D levels tested, feel free to consult with our naturopathic doctors.

Let Our Team at Oona Help You

Our Naturopathic Doctors at Oona are well-versed in supporting women with endometriosis, especially if they are trying to conceive. We use a comprehensive and individualized approach to develop an evidence-based treatment plan that is compatible with your lifestyle. For more information, we offer complimentary consultations in our Toronto and Newmarket studios to determine if naturopathic medicine is the right fit for you and your health goals.

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Dr. Alexsia Priolo (she/her)Naturopathy & Acupuncture

Dr. Alexsia Priolo is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncture Provider who is committed to providing her clients with the best possible care.  Over the past nearly 10 years, Dr. Alexsia has focused her practice exclusively on the treatment of endocrine, reproductive, perinatal and pediatric health.  This unique experience has allowed her to truly impact...

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