Endometriosis and Menopause - Is Menopause Really Nature's Way of Curing the Disease?
Endometriosis and menopause are actually linked. And if you have been suffering from endometriosis for years, then unlike some women, you might actually be looking forward to menopause with a smile.
With the arrival of menopause, along with the lack of menstruation, many of the symptoms associated with endometriosis also disappear, including the pain. So why does this occur?
In essence, the uterus has endometrial tissues which are affected by the levels of estrogen in the blood. Each month, the levels increase. As a result, the uterus's endometrial glands create tissue in order to make the lining thicker in preparation for pregnancy. The estrogen levels drop and menstruation begins when the pregnancy doesn't materialize.
With endometriosis, the tissue can be found in other parts of the body such as the ovaries, bladder, intestines, and kidneys. The glands swell and bleed - the same way that they are meant to in the uterus. Of course, there is no place for this blood to go. As a result, the pain associated with endometriosis occurs.
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In natural health and healing, we believe in holistic health and healing, as we realize that different parts of the human body are highly interlinked, often beyond Man's understanding. We also believe that the body has the ability to heal itself of any disease, even supposedly incurable diseases.
In order to do so, the body needs the support of some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition. No matter how remote or unrelated a health condition may seem, these fundamental health steps will greatly magnify the effects and benefits of any of our health-promoting efforts, including the use of specific natural health remedies.
With endometriosis and menopause, the ovaries are no longer active. The estrogen levels drop, as do the endometriosis symptoms. This is also what happens when women have their ovaries removed. In essence, menopause is almost the natural cure for endometriosis - what an interesting connection between endometriosis and menopause.
In fact, in order to treat their condition, many women with severe cases of endometriosis opt to have surgical procedures which give them early menopause, rather than finding natural ways of dealing with the disease.
Of course, if you need to take hormones due to menopause, then the estrogen levels can rise again, bringing back the endometriosis. You do not have to have hormone replacement therapy, although it is often recommended to help keep your hormones balanced, as well as to help with osteoporosis. For that reason, you might want to use some natural methods to alleviate the pain that comes with it.
Some common natural methods of relieving pain include using a heating pad or warm compress on your abdomen, receiving regular massages, and paying particular attention to your diet, which includes limiting caffeine, pre-packed and processed foods, as well as consuming plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Endometriosis and menopause are on friendlier terms than endometriosis and pregnancy. However, in severe cases, menopause will not "cure" the disease. If you are seeking a natural way of dealing with it, then having premature menopause brought on by a surgical procedure is probably not the best option for you.
Likewise, when you are going through menopause, it is safe to say that the symptoms of endometriosis can return, too, although they might not be as pronounced as they were in the past. In addition to balancing your hormones, taking special care with your dietary intake and ensuring that you are getting the recommended vitamins and minerals can be a healthy and natural approach to combating the symptoms.
Taking a calcium supplement might be useful for both endometriosis and menopause - it is often recommended for women who are entering menopause, as well as for women with endometriosis. In addition, taking omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium can also be effective.
Having read about the endometriosis and menopause connection, you may wish to find out more about endometriosis by reading the related articles and pages.
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