These implants can spread which means endometriosis can spread to other organs, such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, intestines and rectum. Although endometriosis is not limited to the female reproductive system it is very rare for it to occur on the liver or even the lung or brain. Therefore, for the sake of this article, the term endometriosis will focus on its effect on the female reproductive organs.
Who Does Endometriosis Affect?
Endometriosis usually affects women in their thirties, during childbearing years although women as young as twenty or even teenagers may develop it. Endometriosis does not discriminate and can affect women of all races, but seems more prevalent among Caucasian and African-American women.
Endometriosis can cause pelvic and lower back pain and heavy/irregular periods among many other symptoms. The longer a woman lives with endometriosis without seeking treatment the worse the symptoms (especially the pain) can get. The symptoms don’t always necessarily mean you have the disease because they can mimic uterine fibroid symptoms.
Many women experience no symptoms and those trying to conceive without success are only diagnosed after visiting the doctor.
What Causes Endometriosis?
Modern western medicine says that this disease has no cause. In truth, the primary causes are diet, estrogen dominance, use of maxi pads and tampons bleached in chlorine and poor detoxification to name a few. There is a hereditary factor as well; if you have a sister or mother with endometriosis then you are more likely to develop it.
Don’t let this scare you though. What you eat is perhaps the most important factor in your development and/or management of the disease. Another factor is what you expose yourself to such as environmental toxins or xenoestrogens.
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