An important step in treating endometriosis is addressing gut health.
Endometriosis is an immune system dysfunction and any upset to gut health will impact the immune system and directly affect endometriosis symptoms.
SIBO, a common bacteria overgrowth occurring in the small intestine, is common with women that have endometriosis. SIBO produces endo toxins called lipopolysaccharides, or LPS, which promote inflammation and endometriosis symptoms.
Endometriosis can only be currently diagnosed via laparoscopy which is an invasive surgery option. Excision surgery can remove the affected tissue, relieving pain but not curing it. The rate at which it can return is 21% in the first two years and 40-50% after five years. A hysterectomy is another surgery option but again, it does not cure endometriosis.
The most common conventional treatment approach is to prescribe the Pill in an effort to suppress the hormones causing the lesions to grow. This does not cure endometriosis, it only masks the symptoms causing other hormonal dysfunction.
Addressing diet and lifestyle should be the first step in treatment.
Managing blood sugar, limiting or avoiding certain foods like dairy, highly processed foods, alcohol and gluten can help reduce inflammation.