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Endometriosis is a disorder that causes the lining of the uterus to grow outside the uterine cavity. This misplaced tissue usually stays within the pelvic region (though not always), and commonly involves the ovaries and fallopian tubes. It can lead to lower abdominal pain, scar formation, adhesions, and even infertility. It can also cause severe pain during your periods or while having sex. (On the other hand, it can also cause no pain at all—everyone is different!) Endometriosis is estimated to affect about 10% of women during their reproductive years, but the true number is unknown because many women don’t report their symptoms or seek treatment. So if you suspect something’s up, don’t grit your teeth and try to bear the pain alone. You want to seek treatment and support—especially because endometriosis has fertility implications. Talk to a practitioner you trust who will take your concerns seriously and help you get a diagnosis—and be ready to discuss your symptoms. What kind of pain are you having? Where and when does it hurt? The practitioner will do a pelvic exam (mostly to rule out other causes) and imaging tests such as ultrasound or MRI. In some cases, you may be referred to a surgeon for a procedure called a laparoscopy. It’s not as scary as it sounds! The surgeon makes a tiny incision near your belly button in order to insert the laparoscope, which is a tool that will help them see signs of endometrial tissue outside the uterus. Treatment usually includes medications (pain relievers and hormonal meds) and if that doesn’t help, surgery may be necessary. You can try simple things at home like warm baths or heating pads to help relax the pelvic muscles and reduce cramping/pain. Some women have found that natural remedies provide pain relief, including herbs, such as cinnamon twig and licorice root; supplements, such as thiamine (vitamin B1), magnesium, and omega-3s; and acupuncture. Remember, it’s fairly easy to minimize your pain when it’s related to your period or sex, so don't ignore it!

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The Doctor Will See You Now: Recognizing and Treating Endometriosis

Endometriosis materializes when the endometrium – the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus – sheds, but does not exit a woman’s body during her period. Instead, it grows outside of the uterus, spreading to organs and nerves in and around the pelvic region. The resulting pain is so physically and emotionally insufferable that it can mercilessly dominate a woman’s life. The average woman with endometriosis is twenty-seven years old before she is diagnosed. It is one of the top three causes of female infertility. The pain it emits can affect a woman’s career, social life, relationships, sexual activity, sleep, and diet. It is incurable, but highly treatable. Unfortunately, though, it is rarely treated in a timely manner, if at all, because of misdiagnoses and/or a lack of education among those in the medical community. This book gives hope to everyone connected to endometriosis. That includes every woman and young girl who has it, and the women and men in their lives – the mothers, fathers, husbands, children, and friends – who know something is wrong, but do not know what it is or what to do about it. This book is written at a level that everyone with ties to this disease can relate to and understand, but it is also for doctors with good intentions who lack the knowledge of how to diagnose or treat it. The Doctor Will See You Now is for women determined to let the world know their stories so that every woman with this disease – from the thirteen-year-old girl who is being told that her pain is “part of becoming a woman” to the woman who has been misdiagnosed for decades – knows she is not alone. Yes, her pain is real. No, she is not crazy. Yes, there is hope.

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Learn True Health: How PCOS, Endometriosis, Fibroids, and PMS Can Be A Thing Of The Past with Robyn Srigley

Robyn Srigley is The Hormone Diva, holistic nutritionist and women’s holistic health coach. In our interview, Robyn discusses the long-term negative health effects of the birth control pill, how PCOS is ineffectively treated by MDs and what we can do naturally to balance our hormones and gain control of our life! In our interview, Robyn shares her own journey with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and how it jumpstarted her passion for helping women replace their anxieties with joy to open possibility in their lives and break free of hormonal imbalance. Robyn is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner through the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto, is studying with the Integrative Women's Health Institute to earn a Women's Health and Nutrition Certification and is currently enrolled to begin studying with Aviva Romm in her Herbal Medicine for Women course. She is also the creator of Cramp Tea and Hot Flash Tea and is featured on MindBodyGreen. "I am extremely passionate about talking about insulin and the role it plays in hormonal health. There are many ways to help control insulin and sex hormones, including diet, movement, self-care and botanicals. The women I primarily speak to are struggling with low self-esteem and overwhelm due to PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, and PMS" 1. Eat fat to balance insulin and sex hormones 2. Move every day- even a little bit 3. Do self-care and stress management activities like it's your job


Fertility Friday Radio: Endometriosis, PCOS, Acne & Infertility | Getting to the Root Cause | Dr. Pamela Frank

Dr. Pamela Frank, BSc (Hons), ND has been practicing as a naturopathic doctor since 1999 and has 20 years of experience as a medical laboratory technologist at Humber River Regional Hospital. She is Clinic Director of Forces of Nature Wellness Clinic in Toronto and was twice voted “Best Naturopath in Toronto” by the readers of NOW Magazine and twice selected as Best Naturopathy in Toronto by the City Centre Mirror. Dr. Frank has a particular interest in natural, evidence-based treatment for hormonal imbalances including infertility, acne, hair loss, endometriosis, and PCOS. Because of her background in laboratory medicine, Dr. Frank advocates for an extensive investigation into the cause of disease and has helped thousands of patients restore their hair, have healthy babies, clear their skin, balance their hormones & enjoy greater vitality. In today’s show, we talk about her perspective on different areas of specialization from endometriosis to PCOS, and unexplained infertility, and her process when it comes to treating and supporting her patients to improve their health and their fertility. She also explained her detailed diagnostic protocol and approach that she takes for her patients. She also shares that improving health and fertility is a complex process. That it is important that you go to a practitioner that specializes in that area before you make a decision. Topics discussed in today's episode: Dr. Frank shares her experience working as a Naturopath in Toronto over the past 20 years. She describes her specialization and how it shifted from her previous practice She shares her own personal experience having a child at age 41 Dr. Frank shares her personal experience overcoming PCOS Why your IVF doctor may not be doing the same tests as your functional practitioner Why an investigation for endometriosis should be done in any case of "unexplained infertility" What is PCOS? What are the most common signs and symptoms? What is the relationship between testosterone levels and PCOS? Improving fertility in non-invasive ways Treating endometriosis, PCOS and other reproductive health issues naturally The impact hormonal birth control has on your body The importance of balancing blood sugar when dealing with PCOS The relationship between Acne & PCOS


Fertility Friday Radio: Natural Treatment for Unexplained Infertility | Treating Endometriosis and Fibroids | Dr Shawna Darou, ND

Dr. Shawna Darou is a licensed and registered Naturopathic Doctor, who specializes in women's health care and fertility. Since graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Darou has been treating women in her Toronto clinic. She has developed several programs to help women improve their fertility and prepare for pregnancy including her Fertility Care program. In today's show, Shawna and I talk about the philosophy behind naturopathic medicine and how it can help women treat menstrual cycle and fertility-related concerns naturally. We talk specifically about how naturopathic medicine can treat endometriosis and fibroids, as well as unexplained infertility, and other fertility-related issues. Dr. Darou also shares how she uses acupuncture as an adjunct to medical fertility treatments like IUI (Intra Uterine Insemination) and IVF (In Vitro Fertilization), and how it can increase the effectiveness of these treatments by up to 65%. Topics discussed in today's episode How is Naturopathic Medicine both similar and different to traditional Allopathic Medicine? In what ways does Naturopathic Medicine identify and address the root causes of women's health concerns related to menstrual health and fertility? What are uterine fibroids and what impact can they have on fertility? What is endometriosis? And how can it be treated effectively with naturopathic medicine? What impact can endometriosis have on fertility? The important role that food can play in reducing the underlying inflammatory processes that worsen the symptoms associated with endometriosis The important role that cervical mucus plays in conception and why mucus quality may not be tested by your fertility specialist What are some of the reasons behind recurrent miscarriages? And what can be done to address this issue? How are you able to help women who have been diagnosed with "unexplained infertility"? To what extent can acupuncture improve the outcomes of medical infertility treatments like IVF and IUI? Does the timing of acupuncture treatments play a role in this process? How women can improve their fertility and egg quality at an advanced maternal age


Fertility Friday Radio: Endometriosis, PCOS & Fibroids | Surgical Techniques That Preserve Fertility | NaPro Technology | Dr. Kyle Beiter

Dr. Beiter is a Board Certified Medical Doctor, with a specialization in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology who specializes in fertility. Dr. Beiter is a trained NaPro Technology Surgeon. For those of you who aren’t familiar with NaPro technology is a specialized form of gynecologic surgery whose primary aim is to reconstruct the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries in such a way that minimized adhesions and protects your tissues. In today’s episode, we talk about the surgical side of NaPro technology, what it can mean for your health and fertility, and how the NaPro surgical approach can support women with fibroids, endometriosis, PCOS, pelvic pain, and infertility. Topics discussed in today's episode How the NaPro Technology surgical approach differs from the general approach that is taken by classically trained Obstetrician-Gynecologists What are the main reasons why women are referred for surgery in the first place? At what point would surgery be appropriate to remove fibroids? What are the surgical techniques that minimize bleeding, scarring, and adhesions when removing fibroids surgically? What exactly is an adhesion, and how do NaPro technology surgical procedures minimize adhesions of your reproductive tissues? What is endometriosis, and how is endometriosis diagnosed? Why you can't diagnose endometriosis with an ultrasound alone How does endometriosis contribute to or cause infertility? What does endometriosis actually look like in the body? Does endometriosis just grow back after surgery? What is adenomyosis and how is it related to endometriosis and infertility? Can surgery (i.e. ovarian wedge resection surgery) improve PCOS symptoms? How do ovulatory disorders contribute to or cause infertility? How ultrasounds can be used to help to identify ovulatory disorders What is LUF -- Luteinized Unruptured Follicle -- and how does it contribute to and cause fertility challenges?

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