It is estimated that up to ten per cent of Irish women suffer from endometriosis. Worldwide, the figure stands at 176 million women affected during their reproductive years.
For many women, it often goes undiagnosed and the condition is only discovered when seeking treatment after failed attempts at conceiving. With up to 50% of infertile women being diagnosed with endometriosis, it is one of the top causes of infertility.
While pain remains the most common endometriosis symptom, what’s often unspoken about is, the devastating impact it can have on a woman’s life. A recent BBC research in the UK found that half of the 13,500 women quizzed about the condition were frequent users of addictive painkillers including strong opioid medication. Young women are also considering a hysterectomy, many have been through a chemically induced menopause, relationships and intimacy are affected, and others have had suicidal thoughts at some point in their lives.
Endometriosis is a medical condition in which “endometrial-like” tissue grows outside the uterus in other parts of the body such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining the pelvis. It can also involve the bowel, intestines, bladder or rectum. During menstruation, these displaced cells continue to be responsive to the menstrual cycle hormones and build up, break down and bleed just like the ones lining in the womb, but without the blood leaving the body, leading to pain, inflammation, scar formation and adhesions in the affected areas.
Extreme pain before and during periods is the most common symptom associated with Endometriosis.
Other common symptoms include:
Endometriosis symptoms can vary, with some women suffer severe symptoms, particularly during periods, while others experience no changes at all.
“Eileen has successfully helped me with a number of health and emotional issues – including endometriosis (cycle regularity, pain), fibroids (heavy periods, pain and growth), pregnancy concerns (relief of severe SPD/pelvic girdle pain, discomfort, itchy skin, sore breasts) and anxiety and depression.
Eileen’s approach is to listen to the whole person and treat the whole person – not just an isolated part or symptom. This has been transformative at times I’ve really needed it. I’m looking forward to finding out how homeopathy can support me during my next big challenge…which is childbirth!
I wholeheartedly recommend Eileen as a homeopath for a full range of physical, emotional and medical issues. She’s very easy to talk to and has a lovely warm, friendly nature – so you know you’re in good hands!”
Sinead, Co. Waterford
As Endometriosis is complicated and its treatment challenging, more and more women are keen to include a holistic approach in reducing their pain and alleviating distressing physical and emotional symptoms.
Homeopathy is an age-old system of medicine that works by treating the person and address the underlying cause, rather than just the symptoms that manifest. As well as using homeopathic remedies to help with the extreme pain, the remedies work to reduce inflammation and spasms, regulate bleeding and balance hormone levels.
A prescription may also include remedies that act as a tonic for the uterus and whole reproductive system. Others may act as supports for the liver and gut to promote the cleansing of excess hormones and toxins.
In homeopathy, your prescription is individualised and tailored to your specific needs. Many possible remedies could be used but here are 2 examples to explain the variation of symptoms.
Cimicifuga may be prescribed for women diagnosed with endometriosis who experience painful periods with darting pains that move across the pelvis from hip to hip. There is also pain in the lower abdomen, uterine region and lower back that is described as bearing down. There can also be neuralgic like pain that moves from ovary to ovary or goes up or down along the thighs. The more they bleed, the greater the pain.
Nux Vomica may be selected for women with endometriosis who also have pronounced rectal and digestive issues. There may be pain in the rectum during menses or while trying to pass a stool. If they do manage to pass a stool, they still feel incomplete and unfinished.
Homeopathy offers a wealth of support for women suffering from endometriosis to help reduce pain, regulate periods, balance their hormones and improve their overall quality of life.
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Eileen Scullion of Homeopathy-Healing is a Registered Homeopath LicISH ISHom with the Irish Society of Homeopaths (The Regulatory Body for the Homeopathic Profession which is recognized by the Department of Health and Children and works on the National Working Group towards an integrated Health System).