More than five million women in America suffer from endometriosis today. And for many of them, suffer is the accurate word. Endometriosis, a leading cause of infertility, is earmarked by pain, particularly during menstruation, and also during and after sex.
Endometriosis occurs when the endometrial tissue that lines the inside of the uterus finds its way outside and into other organs of the body, such as the abdomen and fallopian tubes. When this happens, the misplaced tissue develops into lesions which respond to the woman’s menstrual cycle. Each month, the tissue builds up and then sheds. Inside the uterus this natural shedding becomes part of the menstrual flow. But outside of the uterus the tissue has nowhere to go and backs up, causing internal bleeding, inflammation, adhesions, pain, and eventually for many, infertility.
Nutritionists, however, are convinced that diet can play a pivotal role in controlling endometriosis and the often debilitating symptoms that accompany it. Click here to read about what foods to eat, what foods to avoid and what to eat on Super Bowl Sunday.
If you would like to consult with a nutritionist, Heather Neely, RD works out of our Syracuse CNY Healing Arts Office (right next door to the CNY Fertility Center). Call 315.671.5755 for an appointment or email her for more information.