Endometriosis

menstruationEndometriosis is a disorder where tiny islets of endometrium grow outside the uterus, usually in the abdomen, fallopian tubes, outer surface of the uterus, pelvis, ovaries. When you menstruate, these uterine tissues bleed the same way it would if it were inside your uterus, thickening, breaking down, and bleeding. This bleeding into surrounding tissue causes inflammation and can be extremely painful.

Symptoms may start between 7 to 12 days before menstruation and often become excruciatingly painful during menstruation.

Symptoms of Endometriosis

  • Pain immediately before and during your period
  • Abdominal, back and/or pelvic pain
  • Pain on urination, passing wind or bowel movements
  • Ovulation pain, including pain in your thigh or leg
  • Heavy bleeding, with or without clots
  • Irregular bleeding,
  • Bleeding longer than normal
  • Bleeding before your period is due
  • Bloating
  • Tiredness
  • Mood changes
  • Infertility

The main risk factor for endometriosis is family history. Other risk factors may include; oestrogen excess, diet low in fruit and green vegetables, high intake of red meat, high fat diet, high caffeine consumption and lack of exercise.

Treatment

Natural or bioidentical hormones may help restore progesterone levels. Our compounding pharmacist can formulate these as a transdermal cream, capsule or pessary.

Our compounding pharmacists offer advise and, if preferred, private consolations to help women understand their own health needs. Our pharmacists can guide you on how to live a healthier lifestyle and avoid health problems that typically affect women.

Contact us or call us to book a free consultation with our compounding pharmacist.

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