Written by Dr. Sandra Miranda, ND

I couldn’t let the month finish without mentioning that March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month.

If you have never heard of “Endometriosis” then you are one of the lucky ones because it probably means you have never had it.  It affects 10-15 % of all women.  Endometriosis is when we have abnormal cells growing in our uterus or sometimes even outside in other areas of our pelvic area causing a lot of pain.  In fact, this is the most common reason for pelvic pain, sometimes even to the point of nausea, vomiting and feeling faint.   If you suffer from this, then you know exactly what I am talking about. 

But it doesn’t only cause pain, it can also cause painful intercourse, painful bowel movements and infertility.  Not fun at all!

Understanding the root cause of this painful condition is the first step in trying to fix the problem.  The focus should be on how to restore your inflammatory response, how to balance your hormones, and on how to help your liver’s ability to break down environmental toxins and unwanted estrogens.

Here are some of the things to consider if you have been diagnosed with endometriosis:

  • Are you under a lot of stress? Stress can affect our cortisol levels affecting our body’s ability to regulate inflammation.
  • Are you eating a lot of sugar and processed foods? This type of an unhealthy diet not only increases inflammation but will also increase your bad estrogens.
  • Has anyone checked your estrogen and progesterone levels? These hormones can be checked through the blood or through saliva testing.  Watch out for possible elevated estrogens or for low levels of progesterone.  Many times we see both problems present on women with endometriosis.

Get a proper functional assessment done for your hormonal levels.  This way your treatment is not just a shot in the dark but it can be geared towards your exact root cause. 

If you need help with a thorough functional assessment, then call us anytime 905-239-3900.  We are happy to help.