Dr. Safia Kassam, ND, Naturopathic doctor discusses the Endometriosis Diagnosis and Treatment Options
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Featuring Dr. Safia Kassam, ND, Naturopathic Doctor, Endometriosis Diagnosis and Treatment Options
Duration: 2 minutes
Endometriosis is when the normal uterine lining known as the endometrium is found in locations outside of the uterus, most commonly in the ovaries and the fallopian tubes.
With time, this tissue can then grow into benign growths or lesions, and these lesions then respond to changes in hormones during the normal menstrual cycle causing women extreme pain and inflammation. The cause of endometriosis isn’t fully understood, but there is a strong belief that there is a genetic predisposition to it.
It’s also common in women who have increased exposure of estrogen in their bodies. So that maybe from starting your period a little bit earlier in life, having later menopause, not having children or just being generally exposed to estrogen for a prolonged period of time.
When a woman comes to see her naturopathic doctor about these symptoms, we’ll go through a thorough history as well as do a physical exam. The only way to confirm a diagnosis of endometriosis is through a laparoscopic procedure which involves inserting a camera into the abdominal cavity to determine the size, severity and location of the endometriosis.
Additionally, ultrasound or biopsy may be done, but the best way to diagnose is through laparoscopic procedures. The key thing when helping women with endometriosis is to help them manage their pain. This can be done through pharmaceutical or natural anti-inflammatories.
Additionally, there are a lot of diet and lifestyle changes women can make to help reduce their symptoms. Some of these include cutting out alcohol, sugar and red meats from your diet as they can increase inflammation as well as increasing exercise. Supporting the liver is really important as it helps metabolize estrogen. So finding ways to do this would be great using supplements and botanical herbs.
Laparoscopic surgery is an option for women with severe endometriosis. However, there is a chance that your condition may reoccur. If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to contact your local naturopathic physician.
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