Endometriosis is condition that results when the tissue that normally aligns the inside of the uterus (aka the endometrium) grows outside of it. Each menstrual cycle this tissue thickens, breaks down and is discarded, as it normally would be, the difference is that it is unable to leave the body and attaches to other parts of the reproductive organs. This trapped tissue rubs against other tissues, causing irritation, and perhaps eventually scarring. Since the tissue is schlepped off each period, continually building up, pain and discomfort tend to increase over time.
Women with Endometriosis may also experience pain during sexual intercourse and bowel movements, excessive bleeding during menstruation and other side effects. For some women infertility may be an issue. While some of these symptoms tend to increase over time, there is not a direct correlation between pain and the degree of severity of Endometriosis.
Although there is no definitive cause of Endometriosis, there are some factors that have been linked to this condition. They include: family history, early onset of menses, late onset menopause, short menstrual cycles, high estrogen levels and uterine abnormalities, among others. If you have not yet been diagnoses with this condition and think you may have it, please consult your gynecologist.
In combination with personalized care from your medical provider, there are several measures you can take to help provide some relief from the symptoms of Endometriosis. Essential oils can be a wonderful addition to your wellness plan.
This oil is phenomenal for balancing hormones. When applied daily, Clary Sage can help regulate hormones, which is beneficial not only for women who have already been diagnosed, but those who are at risk as well. It also contains antispasmodic properties that make it great for relieving minor pain from cramping.
One of the causes of pain due to Endometriosis is inflammation caused by the excess endometrial tissue that rubs against and attaches to other tissues. Eucalyptus can help promote relief by reducing this inflammation. Its analgesic properties also provide support in this area.
To use these essential oils, either individually or in combination with each other, combine with a carrier oil and gently massage into the abdomen. They can also be used in diffusers or bath soaks. I recommend using our Moody Girl Blend, which contains Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender and Oregano essential oils, we even have a pre-formulated bath salt.