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Endometriosis

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a painful condition in which the tissues that line the inside of the uterus also grow outside the uterus cavity. The lining of the uterus is called the endometrium. Endometriosis most commonly involves your bowel, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the tissues that surround your pelvis. Endometrial-like tissues are hardly located beyond the area where pelvic organs are there. If endometrial tissue spreads outside of the uterus, it is called an endometrial implant.

Also, monthly changes in your hormonal cycle affect the misplaced endometrial tissue, making the area inflamed and painful. This employs that tissue will grow, stiffen, and break down. If the tissue that broke was not disposed of, it becomes trapped in the pelvis area.

If endometriosis gets into ovaries, cysts called endometrial tissue might develop. In fact, the surrounding tissue to endometriosis may become scarred and inflamed or infected.

Endometriosis can cause pain and discomfort, especially during your monthly period. You may also experience fertility problems as a complication of endometriosis.

Fortunately, there are treatments that may help.

Signs and Symptoms

One of the most common signs of endometriosis is pain and discomfort in the pelvic area, especially during monthly cycles. Although you may have muscle cramps that sound like menstrual cramps, they seem to be more intense and painful or unusual. Pain may elevate over time.

Common signs and symptoms of endometriosis include:

  • Dysmenorrhea. Pain and muscle cramps before and even after several days of menstrual cycle followed by lower back and abdominal pain.
  • Pain with intercourse. You may have pain during or after sex.
  • Pain with bowel movements or urination. Most likely, you may have intense pain during bowel or bladder movements.
  • Infertility. Sometimes people get to know about endometriosis through routine follow-ups for infertility.
  • Excessive bleeding. Heavy menstrual periods or bleeding in between periods, which is called intermenstrual bleeding.

Other signs and symptoms

Commonly you may experience fatigue, diarrhoea, constipation, bloating or nausea, especially during menstrual periods.

The intensity of your pain is not related to the severity of your condition. You may have extreme pain but still have mild endometriosis or perhaps, you could have advanced endometriosis with no pain.

Also, the signs are confused with other conditions such as pelvic inflammatory disease or ovarian cysts or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS, if it goes along with endometriosis, may complicate the signs and diagnosis of endometriosis.

Types of Endometriosis

There are three main types of endometriosis, including:

  • Superficial perineal lesion. This is the most common kind of endometriosis in which lesions may develop on the peritoneum, a thin film that surrounds the pelvic cavity.
  • Endometrioma (ovarian lesion). In ovarian lesions, one may have fluid-filled chocolate cysts in your ovaries. Usually, treatment does not help you get away with ovarian lesions as they damage healthy tissues.
  • Deeply infiltrating endometriosis. Having infiltrating endometriosis means lesions in the organs near your uterus, such as the bladder or bowels.

Causes

There is no exact cause of endometriosis; still many studies have concluded possible explanations, such as:

  • Retrograde menstruation. In retrograde menstruation, blood containing endometrial cells goes back through the fallopian tubes into the pelvic cavity instead of draining out of the body. Such endometrial cells twig to the pelvic walls, where they multiply and stiffen and bleed over like your menstrual cycle.
  • Embryonic cell transformation. Hormones like estrogen may transform embryonic cells into endometrial-like cells.
  • Endometrial cell transport. The blood vessels or fluid may transport endometrial cells to different parts of the body.
  • Immune system disorder. Any faults in the immune system may not let the body learn about the endometrial-like tissues and that they need to be destroyed. This way, they start to grow outside the uterus.

Risk Factors

Risk factors that expand your risk of having endometriosis, such as:

  • Not being pregnant
  • Having your menstrual cycle at an early age
  • Having your menopause at an older age
  • Short menstrual cycle of fewer than 27 days
  • Heavy menstrual periods for more than seven days
  • Having elevated levels of estrogen in your body
  • Any condition that obstructs the blood out from the body during menstrual periods
  • Low body mass index
  • Having one or more relatives (first-degree relatives) with endometriosis
  • Disorders of the reproductive tract

If you are pregnant and not taking hormonal therapies, signs and symptoms of pregnancy may improve and become better with menopause.

Ayurvedic treatment for Endometriosis

As per Ayurveda, every disease or condition in the body is an onset of imbalanced doshas or blockage in the channel of energy.

Allopathy lays emphasis on hormonal therapy as the treatment of endometriosis, but Ayurveda believed in correcting doshas to achieve the menstrual cycle and relax the mind.

All three doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, are involved in endometriosis. Vata is mostly related to gynaecological disorders. The vitiated Vata results in the decentralization of endometriosis cells to the outside of the uterus cavity. Pain in the pelvic area is also a sign of this condition.

Pitta, on the other hand, is responsible for changes in hormones and any inflammation in the pelvic area. Kapha aggravates the production of endometrial cells.

At AyuKarma, we aim to address the disorder by correcting the aggravated doshas. Our therapies and procedures are highly qualified and performed with accuracy to relieve stress from your body and induce hormonal activity.

The following procedures are performed by our skilled ayurvedic physicians:

  • Virechan (Purgation) - Ayurvedic treatment to eliminate toxins from the body using decoction.
  • Basti karma - This therapy uses a medicated enema to pacify Vata.
  • Uttara Vasti - Helps stimulate Endometrial receptors.
  • Abhyanga - Regulates and promotes blood circulation and also improves lymph circulation in vessels.
  • Swedana - Herbal steam bath for purification of mind and body. Helps relieve stress.
  • Udvartana - Helps you get rid of toxins from the lymphatic system.

Ayurvedic treatment for endometriosis has shown remarkable results amongst our patients.

For more information on this, you can consult us at AyuKarma.

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