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What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue that generally found inside of the endometrium (generally known as the uterus) start growing outside of it. In normal condition, during every menstrual cycle, this tissue coagulates breaks down and is discarded, but in this condition, it is not discarded from the body and left stick to other parts of the reproductive organs. This tissue can cause more and more irritation, pain and discomfort when it builds up and becomes thick after every period and rubs against other tissues around.
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Not only this, chances are that women with Endometriosis, also experience some other side effects like pain during sex and bowel movements, unusual bleeding during menstruation, etc. It can also cause infertility in some women. The condition can also cause scar tissue to develop and increase in friction resulting in deformation of a woman’s internal anatomy. If left untreated, it can cause a condition called ‘frozen pelvis’ where internal organs fuse together.
The tissue build up can be found anywhere on the outer surface of the uterus or intestine, the ovaries, the pelvic sidewall or the fallopian tubes. There are rare cases in which Endometriosis is found on the liver, outside the pelvis or on the lungs, in the vagina, bladder, and cervix. The only good thing is that it is not cancerous.
Symptoms of Endometriosis
There are chances that the symptoms do not show up in most of the women who have Endometriosis. But if you see any of these symptoms, do consult a doctor.
- Endometriosis is related to infertility.
- You can feel nausea, vomiting, or even diarrhea, especially before or during the periods.
- Disturbed menstrual cycle, longer or shorter intervals.
- Heavy bleeding during periods.
- Mood swings and fatigue are also common in Endometriosis.
- There may be painful menstrual cramps.
- Lower back pains may also be seen that is linked to the pelvis.
- Pain during sexual intercourse.
- Urinary urgency, frequency, and sometimes painful voiding.
Causes of Endometriosis
Though the main cause of Endometriosis is still unknown, there are some factors that are linked to this condition. The following are the factors probably involved.
- Higher estrogen production.
- It can be hereditary.
- Hormonal imbalance.
- Retrograde menstruation.
- Coelomic metaplasia.
- Transfer of tissue during surgeries.
- It can also cause by transfer of endometrial cells through the bloodstream or lymphatic system, the most convincing cause of rare cases of Endometriosis, such as in the brain and lungs and other organs away from the pelvis.
How Endometriosis is diagnosed?
Unfortunately, you cannot surely trust the signs and symptoms to diagnose Endometriosis. Even the physical examinations cannot be trusted for the diagnosis of endometriosis. Ultrasound can be done for the diagnosis of other pelvic diseases and also might detect the existence of the condition but it could not accurately diagnose endometriosis. For an exact medical diagnosis, you can go for a laparoscopy. Laparoscopy is a small surgical procedure to diagnose Endometriosis.
5 Essential Oils for Endometriosis Treatment
Nature has a cure for almost every condition and endometriosis is no exception. To improve the condition and reduce the pain, you can try the below essential oils. By using these essential oils and proper diet, you can naturally treat endometriosis and get rid of the endometrial pain.
Many people believe that women with this condition have a higher risk of developing various types of cancer cells. Many studies have shown that incense oil when applied externally, can reduce the risk of developing certain cancers. Frankincense oil is known to be one of the best essential oils for endometriosis. Not only this, it also reduces pain and promotes mental wellness.
How to use: Dilute 1-2 drops of Frankincense oil in any base oil of your choice and massage on the abdomen. It will help you in pain relief.
Cypress essential oil is also good oil for endometriosis and it is also known to increase the circulation. It is a natural antispasmodic which has various health benefits including pain relief. It provides and improves the nutrient rich blood in the whole body.
How to use: Diluting 1-2 drops of Cypress oil in any base oil and apply on the affected area or you can simply add cypress oil in the hot water and take a bath with it.
Clary Sage Oil
Clary sage oil popular to improve the female hormone imbalances and thus is very beneficial for women with endometriosis. There are lots of health issues that are caused by excess estrogens in the body like infertility, PCOD, and estrogens based cancer. Clary Sage oil balances the hormones and helps you eliminates the risk of having the problem related to estrogen.
How to use: You can apply a drop or two to the ankle. Repeat the process as many time as you like.
Eucalyptus oil is beneficial in many conditions like inflammation, pain, and discomfort. You can use the oil on the areas affected by swelling and pain. In endometriosis condition, you can use the oil to reduce painful inflammation and discomfort.
How to use: Dilute 1-2 drops in any carrier oil and apply to the affected area.
The main concern for the endometriosis condition is scar tissues. Lavender essential oil is popular for reducing stress, generating new cells and reducing fibroid scar tissues. Lavender oil is also useful in reducing pain and giving a calming relief.
How to use: Dilute 1-2 drops in the carrier oil and apply directly to the affected area or dilute in the hot water and take a bath.
These oils can be used individually or in a combination for a better result. Below are 2 ways you can mix the essential oils is specific ration and massage on the affected area or take a bath with it.
Bath Mix: Mix 10 drops of geranium and nutmeg, 2 drops of cypress, and 8 drops of clary sage oil. Mix all the essential oils together and put around 10-12 drops of this mix into the hot water bathtub.
Process: Stay in the tub of hot water for 10-15 minutes. Then take a cold shower for 5 minutes. Repeat the process for 3-4 times by adding hot water in the tub every time you go back. The reason to do that is to get the blood vessels to contract and expand. If possible, do it daily till you feel an improvement in your condition.
Massage Mix: Mix 5 drops of clary sage oil, 10 drops of geranium and nutmeg oil with 2 tablespoons of any carrier oil of your choice and massage it on your abdomen.
Process: If you feel unbearable pain during menstruation, use the oil mix 3 times daily in the abdomen, back, and hips whole week before the start of your period.
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Usually, Endometriosis goes away after menopause but it may return, in rare conditions but it may. This article is not written by any medical professional but we have done proper research before writing the article. Still, we recommend you do read some more before trying on these remedies and also take a recommendation from your doctor. We hope the information in the article is useful for you and help you take necessary actions