This week is designated worldwide as Endometriosis Awareness Week. It’s estimated that between 6-11% of women suffer from endometriosis but it’s difficult to know for certain because some woman experience few or no symptoms and go undiagnosed.

According to the National Institute of Health, endometriosis is a term used to describe a condition when the lining of the uterus, or endometrium, grows outside of the uterus. Most patches or lesions that spread are found inside the pelvic cavity including the bowels and bladder and in rare circumstances can spread to the lungs and other parts of the body. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can include pelvic, rectal and/or back pain, spotting or bleeding between menstrual cycles, infertility or difficulty getting pregnant and stomach or digestive problems. 24-50% of women with infertility issues and up to 20% of women with chronic pelvic pain may have endometriosis.

The exact cause of endometriosis is unknown but there is a genetic component. Although you can’t prevent the disease there are risk factors and ways to lower your risk including exercising regularly, maintaining a lower percentage of body fat, avoiding large amounts of alcohol and drinks with caffeine.

There is no cure for endometriosis but there are several treatment options ranging from pain medication and hormonal therapy to surgery. Meditation, dietary therapy, chiropractic adjustment and other alternative methods are reported by women to help control pain.

Dr. Brooke offers several treatment options that are customized to fit your individual needs. If you suffer from endometriosis, call the office to see how Dr. Brooke can help you.

*The information in this article is not meant to treat, diagnose or serve as a replacement for medical advice. Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Brooke or your physician before changing your exercise or diet, including adding supplements. If you experience any pain or discomfort during or after exercise that you think may be more serious, stop and call Dr. Brooke or your medical practitioner immediately.