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May 10, 2022

It is estimated that 1 in 10 women are affected with endometriosis.

Endometriosis is a condition where the endometrial lining grows outside the uterus. Symptoms can include painful periods, chronic pain in the low back and pelvis, painful bowel movements, infertility, constipation, diarrhea, bloating and nausea.

Traditional treatment involves surgery, birth control and aromatase inhibitors (a medicine that stops the production of estrogen), but there are many other options involving diet, lifestyle and herbal remedies. If you have endometriosis, focus on eating a diet high in cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli, which will help you metabolize estrogen. Fruits like papaya and pineapple can help with scarring and inflammation, which exercise also can help with.

Take a look at your beauty products and storage containers labels. Did you know they can be a source of xenoestrogens, a natural or chemical compound that imitates estrogen? There are numerous supplements that also can help. A combination of adrenal, liver and hormone support will be the most beneficial. Herbal remedies like Chaste tree berry helps suppress estrogen production, White Peony and Dong Quai help with painful periods, and Echinacea helps reduce cysts.

Check with your doctor or pharmacist before adding new supplements to your daily regimen.

They may be over-the-counter and natural, but that doesn’t mean they are free from side effects and drug interactions.