What is endometriosis and how does it affect fertility?

By Lucy Townsley | All Posts

Oct 25

Before I tell you about endometriosis  I am going to start with!!

What you can do with Acupuncture and Chinese medicine to greatly improve your symptoms and increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy or just ease the symptoms of endometriosis.

Diet – I hate the word diet because this is not about losing weight it about eating the right types of food to reduce inflammation and reduce the pain of your endometriosis.  There is a saying “you are what you eat” this is so true.  Here are some foods that are great to reduce inflammation avocados, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds all really rich in vitamin E good for calming inflammation and all available in most supermarkets.

Exercise – Yes that dreaded word again but seriously if you can walk 5 times a week for 30 minutes after a 3 month period, yes that long your will start to really notice the benefits.

Sleep – Sleeping can be a real problem for some people ideally you should sleep for 7 -8 hours per night, but what if you can’t sleep or wake and can’t get back to sleep?  Don’t panic if you can just get yourself nice and cosy in your bed and let your body rest, this is just as important as sleep.  Don’t make your bed the enemy.

De-stress – Meditation is a brilliant way to help mindfulness and ease stress, chatting to friends, doing nice things for yourself and sometimes saying NO can be very liberating.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine – is used to relief pain, rebalance the hormones, help restore your energy, deals with depression, anxiety and stress, rebalances the kidney and liver energy, regulates your cycle.

Tui-Na massage helps relief the pain.

I go into lots more information and detail in  my “create a bump” course to get your body ready for a pregnancy,

Did you know that 1 in 10 women suffer from endometriosis?  And it can take years to get a proper diagnosis from your GP because the symptoms can overlap with different diseases. Remember you know your body and your gut instinct is nearly always right, so make sure your ask your GP to double check if you are unsure.

Symptoms  of endometriosis.

  • Painful periods
  • Sex can be painful during and after intercourse
  • Pain in the lower abdomen similar to IBS
  • Pelvic pain
  • Fertility issues
  • Pain in the bowels
  • Pain in the b;adder
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Some women have no symptoms at all.

What Happens to you  every month the lining of the uterus builds up in preparation for a fertile egg to come along.  But some of the cells from the uterus have migrated to different areas of our body, typically the pelvis.  Then mimics the uterus, building. This causes pain because of the extra cells that shouldn’t be there and have filled with blood.  If fertilisation doesn’t occur, then you have a period.  But this also happens to the tissues that have migrated to different parts of your body they bleed, but the blood does not have any way to go and causes inflammation and damage to your reproductive system.  Then the whole cycle begins again.  The cycle is controlled by 2 main hormones oestrogen and progestogen.

This whole process each month has a massive affect on your life, your energy, work, relationships, emotions.  The pain is exhausting, the worry of not knowing what to do and each month you have to take to your bed because the pain is so bad, this really affect you on an emotional level, causes depression and anxiety.  You have to explain to work, school, college what is happening each month and this can cause more stress and anxiety.

What can you do – From a western medicine point of view there is no clear diagnosis because the symptoms are too different in each woman.  GP’s can put you on the pill, this can help ease the pain and regulate your cycle, give your painkillers, or a surgical procedure to burn or cut off the endometriosis.  If you are trying to get pregnant going on the pill is not an option for you.

Before you have surgery you can be scanned, too see if there are any cysts on your ovaries know as chocolate cysts or have a laparoscopy this will give a clear indication of what is going on and where the endometriosis is.

Written by Lucy Townsley


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Lucy Townsley Lic TCM Trained in the Zita West IVF and Natural Fertility Method Also Acupuncture, Cupping, Tunia Massage, Facial Rejuvenation, Reiki, Prepared Herbs, Acupressure