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Endometriosis is defined as the presence of functioning endometrial glands and stroma outside of the uterine cavity.
Endometriosis is most commonly diagnosed between 25-29 years of age and its incidence peaks at approximately 40 years of age. The incidence of asymptomatic (no symptoms) endometriosis affects 2-22% of women, 40-60% of women with dysmenorrhea (extremely painful menses) and 20-30% of women with infertility.
Unfortunately, the cause behind endometriosis is idiopathic (unknown), but there are four current theories:
- Reflux and direct implantation theory
- Coelomic metaplasia theory
- Vascular dissemination theory
- Autoimmun disease theory
The signs and symptoms of endometriosis comprise of the classic triad:
- Dysmenorrhea (extremely painful menses)
- Pain during sexual intercourse
The diagnostic assessment tools used to diagnose endometriosis include:
From a Naturopathic standpoint, Dr. Moira Kwok ND will obtain a very thorough medical history in order to put all of your "puzzle pieces" together to form a whole picture of everything that is going on from a health perspective. From this holistic approach to treatment, she will put together an individualized treatment plan based on a combination of dietary and lifestyle recommendations, supplements, botanicals, acupuncture and/or IV therapy that is based on your specific case.
- Ferri FF. 2007. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor: Instant Diagnosis and Treatment. Mosby Elsevier: Philadelphia, PA.