My Thoughts on Endometriosis

Through years of going through infertility, thinking there was something else preventing us from getting pregnant, and my studies at college, I learned about endometriosis. I was pretty sure I had it, but there wasn’t any way for me to self-diagnosis. So during our first IVF cycle my RE was 90% sure I had endometriosis. But, the only way to tell was to do surgery, and I didn’t want to go through that.

Well I don’t know a ton about endometriosis, I wanted to share a few things, and yes they are totally random.

  • When I first was looking into endometriosis, I wondered if your diet can effect endometriosis? What I found was while your diet can’t stop the growth (as far as I’m aware), it can help reduce the symptoms.
  • In 2013, I was in Pathophysiology (I love how the body works – and doesn’t work) and was required to write a thorough research paper on anything in my textbook. We were dealing with infertility and I chose to write about endometriosis but more specifically, retrograde menstruation. Retrograde menstruation is believed to be the sloughing off of the endometrium (during your period) which leaks back through the Fallopian tubes and out to the peritoneal cavity, which then causes the endometriosis outside of your uterus. I did in depth research on the mechanisms involved (genes) with endometriosis and came to the conclusion that (along with tons of research) since every woman’s body is not configured the same, it makes figuring out what the true cause of the disease is difficult.
  • I posted a few days ago about Mercier Therapy on my Instagram stories. If you haven’t heard of it, it is essentially a deep pelvic massage. Mercier Therapy is a more natural approach towards your own fertility. Undergoing Mercier Therapy before IUI or IVF can help increase your chances of success. I found this interview to help explain a bit more about it. You can also checkout their website here to find a practitioner near you. You can also read more about Dr. Mercier’s story here.
  • The last thing I will mention is when I took a yoga class in college (my teacher would turn up the heat, but it wasn’t true hot yoga). My teacher told us when doing inverted yoga poses you should never do them while on your period. It causes the blood to not flow out correctly (kinda goes back to the whole retrograde menstruation). While I’m not sure if this really is the case, it wouldn’t hurt to play it safe during your period.

I would love to know what you’ve learned about endometriosis? And have you been diagnosed with endometriosis?

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