Tuesday, July 27, 2010

July 28 - 2010 - All About Women Health Article -Endometriosis

Why Might Endometriosis Cause Infertility?
By Anna Short

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Why does endometriosis lead to infertility? The truth is that we do not know. It's a fact that many infertile women have endometriosis, and that many women with endometriosis have fertility problems. That fact, however, doesn't mean there is a causal link. It's possible there is no connection at all between endometriosis and infertility, and it's also possible that whatever causes endometriosis (another medical unknown) is also the cause of the infertility that often coincides with the disease.
Because of the statistical correlation between endometriosis and infertility, researchers have been and continue to be looking for a reason that endometriosis might cause infertility. There are a number of theories that are plausible and that we'll review here.
Adhesion Theory
Adhesions can form wherever endometrial implants (i.e. implants of uterine-lining tissue in locations other than the uterus) arise. These adhesions can change the shape of any reproductive organs upon which they appear. That means adhesion scars can block fallopian tubes or surround and close off ovaries. If fallopian tubes are blocked, fertilized eggs can be slowed or even prevented from moving down to the uterus for the implantation necessary for pregnancy. (In fact, a fertilized egg trapped in a fallopian tube can lead to an ectopic pregnancy, which can present serious risk to the mother if not addressed quickly.) If ovaries themselves are surrounded by adhesions or scar tissue, eggs cannot even leave the ovaries to reach the fallopian tubes where fertilization typically takes place.
Hormonal Imbalance Theory
Another common theory is that endometrial implants secrete hormones that can change the peritoneal fluid that surrounds the reproductive organs in the abdominal cavity. Such changes might prevent ovulation altogether, or slow an egg's movement from the fallopian tubes into the uterus. Significant hormonal or chemical changes might also prevent a fertilized egg from implanting into the uterus.
Until we are able to develop a further understanding of the relationship between endometriosis and infertility, medical specialists will use the above theories to determine the best treatment options for women looking to become pregnant.
Anna Short has developed expertise on infertility through a combination of personal experience and thorough research. For more great information on endometriosis and infertility, visit http://www.infertility-options-info.com

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

July 21 - 2010 - All About Women Health Article -Endometriosis

Endometriosis - You Are What You Eat
By Shelley Ross Platinum Quality Author

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Endometriosis is a serious condition that affects women. It occurs when tissues similar to the endometrial stroma and glands that line the uterus, show up in other areas of the body, instead of only existing within the uterus.

These rebel tissues are known as endometriosis lesions, and are usually found anywhere within the pelvic region (IE. Fallopian tubs, ovaries, pelvic sidewall, etc.). Due to the prime location of the endometriosis lesions, the most common symptom of this medical condition is pelvic pain.

There is no cure for endometriosis; therefore, women with the condition need to seek effective treatment that will help them control the symptoms that plague them, particularly during their menstruation cycle. While many women seek medical therapy, others find that by simply controlling their diet they are successfully living a symptom free life.

How can a diet improve endometriosis symptoms?
An endometriosis diet works to relieve and/or prevent some of the severe symptoms experienced during menstruation such as:

o Backache

o Fatigue

o Severe cramping

o Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding)

o Dysmenorrhea (pain or discomfort)

o Dyspareunia (pain in the pelvic or vaginal region during intercourse)

The objective of a controlled diet is to reduce estrogen levels, increase the body's energy level, relieve painful cramps, normalize hormones and stabilize emotions.

It has become evident that endometriosis is an estrogen-sensitive condition. However, the severe cramping that a woman experiences, is typically a result of prostaglandin synthesis in her body.

Prostaglandins are fatty acids that naturally occur from dietary phospholipids. Prostaglandins can be broken down into three separate groups:

1. Prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) - This form helps to relieve symptoms of endometriosis

2. Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) - This form encourages menorrhagia

3. Prostaglandin F2a (PGF2a) - This form can lead to nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Essentially, when combined, PGE2 and PGF2a create the severe symptoms women who suffer from endometriosis experience during menstruation. However, the right change in diet can actually block the production of PGE2 and PGF2a and increase the production of PGE1 to help overcome symptoms.

The following is how such a diet can be achieved.

Fatty acids: It is known that fatty acids such as saturated fats, lard, butter and animal and organ meet increase the amount of PGF2a that is produced, while omega-3 fatty acids such as evening primrose oil, flax seeds and oil, pumpkin seeds, sunflower oil and walnut oil increase production of PGE1. Therefore, when a woman decreases the amount of "bad fat" in her diet, she will experience positive results.

Fiber: Aside from decreasing the intake of bad fat, women seeking dietary treatment for their endometriosis should have a diet high in fiber. A high fiber diet (approximately 25 grams per day) can reduce the amount of circulating estrogens. Good sources of fiber are beans, brown rice, fruits and vegetables, oatmeal and whole grains.

Dairy: Just like bad fats can increase symptoms, so can diary products. Unfortunately, dairy is a fantastic source of calcium. Therefore, if a woman chooses to eliminate diary from her diet, she needs to find other calcium sources by either taking supplements or eating foods that contain the mineral such as almonds, dark green veggies (IE. spinach, kale, broccoli, etc.), Figs, sesame seeds, etc.

Other food that should be avoided during menstruation includes caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, fried foods, salt, sugar and refined carbohydrates (IE bread, cake, pastries, pasta, etc.)

Finally, depending on what a woman feels needs to be eliminated from her diet during menstruation, she may need to consider taking supplements in order to maintain a healthy diet. Before taking supplements, women should consult their doctor.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

July 14 - 2010 - All About Women Health Article -Endometriosis

What You Should Know About Common Endometriosis Symptoms
By Jennifer A. Johnson Platinum Quality Author

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If you don't know many of the common endometriosis symptoms, that's okay, because there are many different symptoms to this condition. Just because one person displays a textbook case of the condition, another woman might not show any signs at all. For this reason, tests are the only thing that can tell for sure if you have endometriosis.

If you suspect that you might have this condition, you should first check to see if anyone in your family has endometriosis and then you should talk to your doctor. There are a number of tests which they will likely want to do to make sure that there is nothing else going on in your body and to confirm a correct diagnosis.

Common Endometriosis Symptoms

Now, some of the common symptoms which follow the textbook example of endometriosis might be easy to spot, while other women might have all the symptoms, but not the condition. This is common, so if you think that you might have this condition, you should seek medical attention before you begin to worry that you do.

  • Pain during intercourse
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Pain during or before menstruation which is much worse than normal cramps. Now, many women will have this problem throughout their lives and it might mean nothing if you have no other symptoms.
  • Pain during bowel movements which might also include diarrhea or constipation. This is thought to be a pretty strong warning sign when it comes to diagnosing endometriosis.
  • Painful periods and heavy bleeding are often common and includes severe to abnormal cramping.
What You Should Know About These Symptoms

Many times, as a woman ages or after she has children, she is likely to experience these endometriosis symptoms due to normal hormonal changes, weight gain and stress factors. Plus, a woman who has had two or more children is less likely to have endometriosis than a woman who doesn't have any children at all.

In addition to these facts, you should know that the symptoms of endometriosis can range from severe to mild and if you have only mild symptoms, you may never feel the need to seek medical attention for this condition. This condition also ceases when you go through menopause. If you don't have problems with infertility or severe pain, then you might be able to go through life without suffering from the symptoms of this condition at all.

It is now thought that when you understand your endometriosis symptoms, you will be better able to control them through diet and exercise. You can also use natural endometrial health supplements to maintain a healthy uterus lining and provide maximum reproductive health.

Jennifer Johnson provides information and resources on alternative medicines and natural remedies. A natural endometrial remedy is Endo-Ex. For more information about this natural endometrial health support supplement, visit 'Alternative Medicines Guide' today. http://medicinesnaturally.com/

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

July 07 - 2010 - All About Women Health Article -Endometriosis

What is Endometriosis and How Does it Affect My Ability to Get Pregnant?
By Hanna Hamelsford

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If you are enduring or have suffered from Endometriosis at some point in your life, you may be concerned about your ability to conceive and carry your pregnancy without complications. Being aware about endometriosis and pregnancy, and seeking suitable treatments for it are among the many positive steps that you can take to improve your health and chances of conception.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a prevailing condition affecting millions of women all over the world. Around 15 % of women and girls in the United States and Canada are affected, and there are over 2 million reported cases of endometriosis in the United Kingdom. Endometriosis causes small deposits of the endometrial material, which lines the uterus, to lodge in the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, abdominal cavity and other organs in the lower abdomen. These deposits of endometrial tissue grow and bleed in response to the normal hormonal changes that take place during your monthly menstrual cycle. As the endometrial tissue bleeds, it causes inflammation. The resulting inflammation causes scarring and blood-filled cysts to form around the uterus, ovaries and Fallopian tubes. These cysts and scarring can lower a woman's fertility by preventing the passage of the egg from the ovary to the Fallopian tubes. Many women that suffer from endometriosis experience discomfort.
The medical community divides the severity and diagnosis of endometriosis into four stages:
* Stage 1: Endometriosis in stage one is classified as minimal - there are isolated incidents of endometrial tissue growth outside the uterus. * Stage 2: Endometriosis in stage two is considered mild - a doctor makes this diagnosis when there are several small implants of endometrial tissue and a few small areas of scar tissue or adhesions. * Stage 3: Stage the endometriosis is moderate - the endometrial tissue implants in stage three must be superficial and deep. There must also be several prominent areas of scar tissue or adhesions. * Stage 4: This is the most severe stage of endometriosis - Patients with stage 4 endometriosis will have many superficial and deep endometrial tissue implants as well as large adhesions. Endometriosis symptoms including infertility are common in patients with stage four endometriosis.
What causes endometriosis?
Modern medicine has been unable to conclusively diagnose the exact cause of endometriosis; however there are a few theories which can help to explain why endometriosis occurs. One explanation for endometriosis is 'retrograde menstruation' in which some menstrual tissue "backs up" into the Fallopian tubes during menstruation and imbeds itself in the abdomen. If the immune system does not clear up the endometrial tissue, it begins to grow in response to the body's normal hormonal changes. Another theory explains endometriosis as a dysfunction of the lymphatic system, and suggests that the condition is genetic. Another theory states that endometriosis is caused by the retention of fragments of embryonic tissue from when the woman was in utero.
Endometriosis and Pregnancy
Advances endometriosis can result it problems with fertility and conception because of the damage that it caused on the reproductive organs. Women with mild cases of endometriosis are less likely to experience problems with fertility and conception. Dr. Karen Trewinnard, in her work on fertility and conception, says that many women have had endometriosis without any ill effects, and that about 7 out of 10 women with endometriosis don't have fertility problems, or are able to conceive with the help of natural remedies. Dr Trewinnard goes on to discuss that women who suffer from endometriosis may be less likely to conceive because they avoid sex around the time of their ovulation, which is when the pain can be most severe.
Endometriosis often dramatically improves during pregnancy because ovulation ceases, and the deposits of endometrial tissue are able to shrink, or even breakdown completely. Women, with endometriosis, who breastfeed after pregnancy, have a higher improvement rates because there is no ovulation during breast feeding.
For all the latest info about Endometriosis and Pregnancy head to TheOnlinePregnancyGuide.com. Find out how to get pregnant if you suffer from endometriosis.
Hanna Hamelsford The Online Pregnancy Guide

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

July 01 - 2010 - All About Women Health Article -Endometriosis

How Abdominal Massage Provides Relief From Ailments Such As Digestive Problems and Endometriosis