Period Pain Prison...This is NOT normal!

by Annie Vedeler, Women's Health Acupuncturist

Incapacitating pelvic pain of endometriosis

Endometriosis also known as "endo" is a very painful condition that causes extreme pelvic pain during menses and even pain during intercourse or while not on your period.  This can cause major interruptions in lifestyle and career and can sometimes affect fertility in women beginning in their teen years up through middle age.  There are very few known options of how to deal with the suffering it causes.  Hormonal therapy has been used and helps to suppress symptoms but this does not cure this condition and conceiving is postponed while being treated. During pregnancy the symptoms seem to lessen but this also is not a cure as the symptoms do come back. Another option is surgery which can help but in some cases doesn't and it comes with the substantial risks and scarring and potential re-growth of endometrium-like tissues known as implants.

In the past women were told it was a psychological condition and originating in their head or that they had a weak pain tolerance, which is truly unacceptable.  A lot of women today are told this incapacitating condition is something to be endured and accepted as a normal period. This couldn't be further from the truth!!!  Even worse, it can leave a hopeful future mommy devastated thinking she will be infertile.  This is simply not the case.  Many women with a diagnosis of "endo" have go on to have healthy babies which is wonderful news.  However, it doesn't change the chronic pain.  So, does anything help?

Yes!! I have seen the enormous impact acupuncture and the correct herbal medicine formula can have on severe pelvic pain.  It is not surprising as the effects of acupuncture are anti-inflammatory and acupuncture is known to balance hormones and the endocrine system including the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone.  As "endo" is an estrogen dominant condition, this makes sense.  It has the added benefit of relaxing the mind and creating space around untrue beliefs.  It releases the anxiety about the pain and hopelessness and it increases endorphins, the body's natural pain-killers, which feels really good.  Most importantly, it brings hope of resolution.  With our natural treatments, you will start to feel better in a couple of weeks and will feel the freedom that comes from being given hope of living without pain.