Have you been diagnosed with endometriosis and struggling with period pains, heavy periods and dread your monthly endometriosis pain? In this vlog, I'm going to be walking you through your endometriosis natural treatment options and revealing my 6-Step protocol for alleviating your endometriosis symptoms on your terms.
As a Dr of Psychology, Chartered Psychologist, Nutritional Therapist and Functional Medicine Expert I am passionate about helping you alleviate hormone havoc by working with your body. Not only have I successfully helped clients living with endometriosis to take back control of their endocrine health, I have also successfully overcome endometriosis myself.
So if you are struggling with endometriosis and are looking for endometriosis natural treatment options then you are in the right place. I want to share with you 6-step protocol designed to help you treat the underlying imbalances exacerbating your endometriosis so you can feel better on your terms.
First though, let’s take a look at what endometriosis is and the impact that this condition can have on your health.
So let’s dive in.
What Is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis (disease or medical condition) is a painful hormone condition. It occurs when the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) grows outside of the womb creating painful lesions. These lesions often form in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, vagina, and bladder. Your endometrial tissues are what thicken, break down, and shed during your menstrual cycle.
These tissues still undergo the same process; however, this happens outside of the uterus. Because there is no point of exit, your blood and endometrial tissues become trapped and irritate surrounding tissues.
If you have been diagnosed with endometriosis, you are not alone. According to End to Endo, a leading endometriosis research company, approximately 10% of women are diagnosed with endometriosis during their reproductive years.
FIVE factors can increase your risk of developing Endometriosis:
- Age: Most cases of endometriosis affect women between ages 25 and 35. It is rarely diagnosed in women over 40.
- Ethnicity: Caucasians are more prone to endometriosis than Asians and African Americans.
- Never Given Birth:Women who have never given birth (especially when they are older) are more prone to endometriosis.
- Blockage in the Uterus: Any uterine condition that blocks the evacuation of normal flow increases your chances of developing endometriosis.
- Heredity: Endometriosis can be genetic. If your mother or siblings have endometriosis, then you are at a higher risk of developing endometriosis as well. Although your genes are important, they don’t necessarily determine your biological destiny (thank goodness).
Signs of Endometriosis
There are many signs and symptoms associated with endometriosis.
- Uterine cramping
- Uterine pain
- Heavy bleeding
- Period Pain
- Excessive bleeding during or in-between periods
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Painful bowel movements Infertility
If you are facing any of these symptoms of endometriosis, the good news is that I have a 6-step action plan to help you.
Natural Treatment OPtionS
To find a natural cure for endometriosis, you need to recognise the innate wisdom of your body. You must focus on identifying and removing the obstacles affecting your endocrine system and causing your endometriosis in the first place.
Before you can begin making changes, you, therefore, need to define what is causing /triggering/ exacerbating your endometriosis in the first place. This is a vital step because achieving healthy hormones depends on treating underlying causes, not merely suppressing or masking symptoms.
So let me explain that in a little more details.
For example, if the oil light goes out in your car, it is a sign you need to take action and refill your oil tank. The light is the signal that something is wrong and you need to address the underlying problem.
Makes sense right?
It’s similar to our bodies. Symptoms are merely signs that something is out of balance within our system. However, conventional approaches to ill health typically focus on suppressing or masking those symptoms, so we no longer have to feel the pain or see the problem. So we take the painkiller to dull the period pain or the contraceptive pill to stop the bleeding.
But it doesn’t correct the underlying imbalance.
This approach ignores what is causing the problem and offers us a quick temporary fix. Over time the issue manifests as a deeper problem. We are effectively smashing the oil light, so we don’t need to see the flashing any longer, but we are not addressing the underlying issue.
To do that, we need to get to the cause. To pinpoint and identify what biochemical imbalances you are facing.
The causes, triggers or factors behind your endometriosis. Then we can create a customised protocol tailored to rebalance those underlying factors. It’s not a one-size fits all or cookie cutter approach. This is true integrative and personalised treatment, and it all begins with getting to the cause.
When you are looking for a way to treat your endometriosis naturally, you need to consider your endometriosis from many different angles. Believing that endometriosis is about more than just period pain, heavy bleeding and uterine pain we must begin by compiling information that will help us understand how to treat the cause of your endometriosis.
Rather than merely suppressing your endometriosis with painkillers and synthetic hormones, finding a more holistic approach aims to explore the reason behind your endometriosis developing in the first place. This is Step 1 of my 6-Step protocol.
6-Step Protocol To Alleviate Endometriosis
Step 1: Get to the Root Cause
Before you can begin making changes, you need to define what is causing your endometriosis in the first place. This is a vital step because achieving healthy hormones depends on treating underlying causes, not suppressing or masking symptoms.
After defining the cause, you then need to tailor your treatment strategy based on your personal biochemical needs. If you want to enjoy healthy hormones, then you need to discover these causes so let’s dive into some of the most common hidden factors which can trigger endometriosis.
Of course, many of the factors are interlinked, and chances are you could be facing several of these imbalances. This can make it tricky to pinpoint the extent these are affecting you based on your symptoms alone.
That is why I often recommend functional medicine testing.
For example, there are a number of tests, which could be beneficial for investigating the underlying factors triggering your endometriosis I have provided links for these below this video. One test in particular which I typically recommend for endometriosis is known as the Rhythm Plus. In fact, this test is so popular amongst my clients facing hormone problems that I created a whole other separate video about this which you can check out here.
Once you have pinpointed the underlying imbalances triggering your symptoms, you can then make targetted changes to your diet and lifestyle to rebalance and support your body. This takes us to the next step of the protocol.
Step 2: Supercharge Your Diet
Once you’ve figured out what is causing your endometriosis, the next step is to make sure that you are eating the right foods. This is essential for giving your body the building blocks that it needs to heal. If you would like help following a nutrient rich diet check out my 7-Day Nourish Kickstart.
Step 3: Eliminate Problem Foods
Before you can alleviate your endometriosis, you must eliminate hormone-harming foods. It’s time to get honest about what is keeping you stuck. To successfully end your endometriosis, you must recruit your kitchen to your team!
Knowing which foods to avoid has become a nutritional minefield. If you would like help figuring out which foods to exclude if you are facing this condition then check out my End Endometriosis Toolkit. In there I list the problematic foods you may want to avoid if you are facing endometriosis.
Step 4: Supercharge With Supplements
The next step is to take nutrition supplements. Once you have identified the root cause of your hormone imbalances and fully understand the necessary changes to your diet, the next step is to ensure that your body has adequate nutrients.
It’s time for a supplement supercharge! I have put together the perfect combination of supplements, so you can feel truly confident that your body is getting what it needs. To access this check out my End Endometriosis Toolkit which gives you are rundown of nutrient you may want to consider.
SHOP HORMONE SUPPLEMENTS
Step 5: Clean Up Your Thoughts
Many of us underestimate the power of our thinking and its effect on our body. Too many people discount the notion that your thoughts cause your symptoms. Although I understand that it sounds a little “woo-woo,” I completely believe in its truth.
You may be aware of simple connections between your mind and your body. Some examples are blushing when we feel embarrassed or getting a “funny” feeling in your stomach when you get nervous. However, when it comes to more complex emotions, we often don‘t consider this relationship as being paramount.
Research over the last few decades has found that emotional and psychological states create chemical reactions in the body. It highlights the critical role that stress can play on our hormones and the importance of mastering our mind.
Step 6: Dive In Deeper
There is only so much that we can cover in this vlog. The body is very complex; therefore, rebalancing it can take time. Which is why I want to help you get started.
To help give you a starting point for taking action download my End Endometriosis Toolkit.
This will not only help you figure out what foods to avoid, it will also give you a rundown of all the supplements I recommend for Endometriosis including the dosages. You can download and print this off.
In this toolkit, I also give you my top testing recommendations to help you investigate which underlying imbalances could be affecting you so you can take the guesswork out of your treatment strategy and get to the root cause.
Simply click here to download your free toolkit now and start taking action.
NOW I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
So now it's your turn to tell me – Which underlying imbalances do you suspect you may be facing?
Leave your answer in the comment section below.
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I'm Dr Christy Fergusson Ph.D. I am a Doctor of Psychology, Chartered Psychologist, Nutritional Therapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Hay House Author. I have a Ph.D., MSc and BA Hons in Psychology; I'm a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, a Nutritional Therapist with the British Association of Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy and a Clinical Hypnotherapist with the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
Through a combined integration of my expertise in nutrition, psychology and hypnotherapy I launched my company The Food Psychologist and quickly become the ‘go to’ food psychology expert in the UK. I'm the food psychologist from Channels 4′s Secret Eaters, a former Sun columnist and in-house nutritionist at Women’s Health Magazine. I published my first book 'Hot, Healthy, Happy' with Hay House in 2013.