Do you or someone you know have endometriosis?

Last week, Ova Moon cofounder, Dana Bruck L.A.c. interviewed dietitian Christie Lee Austin-Hore in honor of endometriosis awareness month. 

Missed the interview? Click here to watch!

In the interview, Dana and Christie covered:

  • What is endometriosis
  • How to know if you might have endometriosis
  • How to manage symptoms like period pain
  • What to eat to reduce inflammation
  • Nutrients to be thinking about if you’re on the contraceptive pill

Here are some initial thoughts about endometriosis for you to consider based on the interview. 

Are you suspicious that you may have endometriosis? What is endometriosis?

Figuring out this question is a journey- the average time to diagnosis is 7 years. Endometriosis is a condition where tissue that is similar to the lining of the uterus is found in other places outside of the uterus. Like the endometrial lining of the uterus, the external tissue sheds during menstruation and also bleeds. This external tissue has been found in other parts of the body like the abdominal cavity, pelvis, or even lungs making it a whole body condition.

Classic symptoms are terrible period pain during menstruation and sometimes throughout the month, pain associated with going to the toilet, heavy periods, nausea, constipation, bloating, and diarrhea.

Cure: At the moment there is not a cure. One can have a procedure called a laparoscopy where a camera can see if there is excess endometrium lining and from there, one can have a procedure to remove the excess lining. Conventional medicine prescribes pain killers or hormonal birth control which can diminish pain but does not solve the underlying issue. With thoughtful diet and lifestyle, there are ways to improve the quality of life and to keep inflammation low enough to manage symptoms. 

Endometriosis presents with 3 main issues:

1. Chronic inflammation-> overactive immune system.

2. Gut dysfunction (80% of our immune system is in our gut).

3. Hormone Imbalances such as too much estrogen or not enough progesterone.

Watch the video to keep learning  😘 

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