We have posted in the past about the debilitating affect endometriosis can have on your life, with medical professionals often struggling to diagnose the disease for years.
Living in chronic pain and discomfort is something many women with endometriosis suffer from, however recent studies have also shown that the disease can be linked to depression and a range of gastrointestinal problems such as peptic ulcers or reflux.
Scientists from the Queensland University of Technology have discovered that there are several risks factors associated with endometriosis that are commonly overlooked.
Endometriosis is a painful and debilitating disorder that has been estimated to impact approximately 11% of women of reproductive age. The condition affects over 200 million women worldwide and occurs when tissue like the lining of the uterus grows outside the womb, causing severe pain and fertility problems. Although there are many signs of endometriosis, patients with endometriosis can also suffer from anxiety, mood swings and depression.
Some studies have even gone so far as to find a link between the severity of the pain and the likelihood of depression.
Foods that have been shown to reduce the rate of inflammation and discomfort brought on by endometriosis include diets that are rich in essential fatty acids, such as salmon, fibrous foods, such as fruits and vegetables, iron-rich foods, such as dark leafy greens, and foods rich in antioxidants such as colourful fruits and vegetables like oranges, berries, dark chocolate, spinach, and beetroot.
Although it is a complex disease, it is possible to achieve a healthy pregnancy if you are struggling with infertility caused by endometriosis. The uses of specific medications, effective surgery, diet and assisted reproductive treatments have been able to help women be able to achieve a healthy pregnancy.
For more information on how we can help, contact our clinic on (02) 9586 3311 or email the Fertility First team.