Endometriosis, a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the pelvic peritoneum and ovaries,  where the uterine-lining tissue develops outside the uterus. Endometriosis is one of the most commonly diagnosed gynecological conditions in women and remains a challenging and complex disease.

For women who endometriosis they often face many challenges from reduced quality of life, to experiencing significant pain that causes women to be bedridden, endometriosis is one of the most common causes of subfertility. Endometriosis for many women can be a debilitating condition, affecting a woman’s physical, emotional and social wellbeing. 

At Nielsen Clinic (Calgary), we develop a treatment plan specific to your health needs. We help you get to the root of your health concerns by customizing treatment and helping implement positive lifestyle adjustments to help you get control endometriosis.

Below are sections offering information for common questions as well as various elements of endometriosis. 

+ What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a common chronic inflammatory disease that is estrogen-dependent. Endometriosis is accompanied by a genetic predisposition and augmented dysfunctional immune response, resulting in the overgrowth of endometrial-like tissue outside the pelvic cavity.

+ What Causes Endometriosis?

The influence of genes, stress, and environmental toxins may play a role in the development of endometriosis. Therefore, it would be prudent to address chronic stress, and reduced exposure towards chemicals as both have shown to impact the regulation and function of hormonal and immune responses.

It is well established that estrogen levels are directly correlated with the development of endometriosis, whereas progesterone has an anti-proliferative effect. High levels of estrogen suppression progesterone receptors, further propagating an increase in estrogen.

Increased levels of estrogen result in upregulation of genes associated with endometriosis.

Another factor is inflammation, as inflammation mediate pain and may increase subfertility. Inflammation and estrogen can create a positive-feedback loop in the continued production of estrogen and inflammation.

Estrogen promotes the growth of endometrial lesions by suppressing progesterone as well as by altering the immune and inflammatory response, which helps support the development and progression of endometriosis.

Summary
Hormones
Estrogen: women with endometriosis typically have higher estrogen levels than progesterone.
• The increase in estrogen causes progesterone to be suppressed leading to a hormonal imbalance that helps the uterus tissue grow from inside the uterus to outside of the uterus (pelvic cavity).
• Increased estrogen also helps increase inflammation, which may also affect fertility.
• Increased estrogen helps provide support to the growth of endometrial tissue further affecting the pelvic cavity and impacting fertility.

Progesterone: women with endometriosis typically have lower progesterone levels.
• Progesterone is needed to help women become pregnant and maintain pregnancy. As well as maintain control over the growth of the tissue found inside the uterus.

Inflammation
• Inflammation is well known to affect fertility.
• Inflammation is stimulated by estrogen and other factors.
• Inflammation also stimulates the growth of endometriosis.

+ What are symptoms of Endometriosis?

Common symptoms of endometriosis are:
• Painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea)
• Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)
• Painful micturition (dysuria)
• Painful defecation (dyschezia)
• Lower back or abdominal discomfort
• Chronic pelvic pain (6 months in duration and is non-cyclic

However, some woman may present with variable symptoms. The pain associated with endometriosis is related to the location of the endometrial lesions. Nevertheless, most women who have endometriosis often demonstrate menstrual irregularities, dysmenorrhea, infertility, and dyspareunia.

+ Self-care & Prevention - Endometriosis

Diet: Nutritional intake, plays a significant role in long-term health outcomes. Endometriosis patients who consumed a diet rich in antioxidants showed reduced symptoms of endometriosis.

In 2013 the Reproductive BioMedicine Online Journal demonstrated that gluten-free diets reduced the severity of symptoms associated with endometriosis after 12 months of following a gluten-free diet.

Exercise:Increasing physical activity daily has shown to help reduce the severity of pain associated with endometriosis.

+ Treatment for Endometriosis - How We Can Help

Step 1 - Listen and understand your concerns: Listen to your health concerns, symptoms, review your health history and check your hormones.

Step 2 - Start your treatment plan to address your main areas of concern: Start your initial treatment plan to address endometriosis symptoms as well as identify and address underlying factors which may worsen your endometriosis symptoms.

Step 3 - Treating your root cause: Tailor your treatment to address both your symptoms and underlying factors while helping your body reduce inflammation in the pelvic region, restoring the uterus and pelvic cavity to its normal structure and function.


Natural Endometriosis Treatment

NIELSEN CLINIC 3R's (Remove, Restore & Recover)

Remove Symptoms

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Remove: Start addressing your endometriosis symptoms you are struggling the most with: Painful menstruation, painful intercourse and chronic pelvic pain. 

 Restore Hormones

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Restore: Normal growth of your endometrial tissue by addressing the underlying causes such as hormonal imbalance and chronic inflammation.

Recover Your Health

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Recover: Tailor your treatment so you can control your endometriosis symptoms and feel better. Recover your health and say goodbye to endometriosis controling your life.