• Could It Be Endometriosis?

    by Dr. Payal Bhandari
    on Jul 31st, 2017

Did you know that endometriosis is one of the most frequently occurring disorder of the feminine reproductive years, estimated to impact about 10% of American women?

Delicate and powerful, our female bodies go through many wondrous changes throughout life, especially during the reproductive years, when a variety of hormonal processes completely transform young girls into women, offering the exciting and decades-long opportunity to celebrate bringing new lives into the world.

For women, perfect health, well-being, and happiness are closely interconnected with the normal rhythm of our monthly hormonal changes. The smooth operation of this complex system that our feminine bodies are, rests on many legs; it is no wonder that when this natural and predictable pattern is disrupted, we experience stress, confusion, fear, and even self-doubts.

Female reproductive health-related concerns are extremely common, affecting millions of women each year in the US, and many more around the globe. The integrative health approach recognizes that it is important for us to understand and listen to our own bodies, and to discover their unique patterns and traits. This way when unusual changes and disruptions occur, we can be prepared and ready to begin to find our way back to the restoration of our health.

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is characterized by abnormal uterine cell growth outside the uterus, causing the development of uterine tissue - endometrium - around the pelvic organs, bowels, and particularly the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Endometrium naturally responds to the changing hormone levels that occur during menstruation, causing bleeding that -unlike normal menstrual blood- has nowhere to escape from the abdominal cavity, thus it remains trapped within.

What Causes Endometriosis?

Traditional medicine practices are somewhat perplexed by the development of this disease. Various theories exist instead of definite answers, yet it is almost certain that higher than normal levels of the primary female sex hormone, estrogen, are to be blamed for the physiological changes that take place and enabling the appearance of endometriosis.

Some of the most commonly accepted theories are:

Endometriosis Symptoms

Interestingly, large percentages of women don't experience concerning symptoms in the first stages of disease development. When endometriosis symptoms are present, they can range from mild discomfort to serious problems, yet the severity of symptoms experienced is not an accurate way to determine the progress and degree of the disease.

Symptoms may include:

Integrative Health Treatments for Endometriosis

Since the presence of this disease and endometriosis symptoms are so closely tied to the overabundance of free estrogen in the bloodstream, the primary task of integrative health care is choosing a holistic approach towards rebalancing your hormones. Your integrative medicine doctor should advise you to incorporate new lifestyle solutions that will help to stabilize your estrogen levels, so you can gradually feel better.

Reduction of estrogen can happen by the following integrative medicine methods:

It is extremely important to understand your body, menstrual cycle, and its typical recurring patterns. When endometriosis symptoms arise, the very best approach you can take is getting in touch with your local integrative medicine doctor so your personalized, custom-tailored treatment may begin without further delay. The key to improvement and healing is being an empowered, educated, and self-aware woman, who takes charge of her health with the help of a highly trained specialist.

Do You Need an Integrative Health Physician?

Dr. Payal Bhandari, M.D. is eager to help you, should you have any questions or concerns. She believes in highly personalized treatment plans, the importance of incorporating nutrition, healthy physical activity, stress management, and is committed to quick, noticeable results. Dr. Bhandari, M.D. is an integrative functional medicine physician, specializing in women’s issues and hormonal rebalancing. She has a sincere devotion to her patients and passionate about helping women finding their way back to well-being, wholeness, and a greater level of empowerment.

Author Dr. Payal Bhandari Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D. is a leading practitioner of integrative and functional medicine in San Francisco.

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