Acupuncture For Endometriosis

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Endometriosis is a condition where endometrial tissue begins to grow beyond the pelvic organs and cause severe and chronic pains. Endometriosis was found to affect approximately 10% of reproductive-age women [1]. It was also found to be one of the factors causing infertility in women. But, there is one treatment that can help manage endometriosis that is effective and drug-free. It’s acupuncture for endometriosis.

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Research on acupuncture for endometriosis

Acupuncture for endometriosis was found to help with the symptoms that come with endometriosis. In one study, acupuncture for endometriosis was used on a 43-year-old woman who was diagnosed with both endometriosis and fibroids. She was treated with acupuncture twice a week in a period of 6 months and had 1 month of herbal medicine in a Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic in Berkley. Through that study, they saw positive results and was able to conclude that acupuncture for endometriosis did have some positive effect on managing pain [2].

 

Why acupuncture for endometriosis?

Endometriosis doesn’t have a cure but there are many ways to treat it. Some ways of treating endometriosis are hormonal contraceptives, gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists and antagonists, and hysterectomy. Although these will help with managing endometriosis, there are some downsides to them. Over-the-counter medication doesn’t work for all cases of endometriosis. In some cases, treatments for endometriosis can reduce fertility or even cause menopause that will eventually lead to infertility. But acupuncture, it doesn’t have these downsides.

Benefits of acupuncture for endometriosis

When it comes to acupuncture, it doesn’t stop at endometriosis. Acupuncture has other additional benefits. Some benefits include:

  • Fertility: Acupuncture was able to help fertility by increasing the quality of eggs and other factors of fertility. It was also found to increase the success rate of pregnancy.
  • Period pain: Acupuncture can treat many types of pain. Period pains are one of the many other conditions that acupuncture was able to help with.
  • Stomach problem: Acupuncture is also able to treat stomach problems that may be associated with endometriosis.

 

How does acupuncture for endometriosis work?

Unlike most treatments, acupuncture for endometriosis aims to treat the whole being. Acupuncture focuses on pathways in the body where body energy called qi flows. A balanced flow qi restores one’s health and an imbalance can cause the body to experience diseases. Acupuncture is able to stimulate the flow of qi by targeting points in the body called acupoints with thin needles. As a result of this stimulation, the flow of qi is balanced and this promotes the health of a person.

 

What to expect from acupuncture for endometriosis treatment?

If you are planning to get acupuncture for endometriosis, there are some things to expect. First, each session will be about 50 minutes with the first one being slightly longer. You’ll need to sign some forms. Another thing to expect is that you will go through a “series” of treatments. You won’t be going to just one. The last thing to expect is that the needles are very thin. You might feel more relaxed than pain when going through each acupuncture session.

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Symptoms of endometriosis

The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain but in some cases, it can be associated with the menstrual cycle. For those who have endometriosis, they experience more painful periods and some feel more painful periods over time. Some other symptoms that people experience with endometriosis include:

  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Pain with bowel movements or urination
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infertility

Some other symptoms you may experience and more often during your menstrual periods are:

  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Nausea

 

What causes endometriosis?

The exact cause of endometriosis is not known. However, some speculate that is caused by these things:

  • Retrograde menstruation: This condition causes menstrual blood to flow back in the body. In some cases, they contain endometrial cells that eventually grow in places where it should be growing
  • Transformation of peritoneal cells (“induction theory”): hormones or immune factors cause peritoneal cells, which are cells that line the inner side of your abdomen, to change into endometrial-like cells.
  • Embryonic cell transformation: Estrogen may change into embryonic cells into endometrial cells.
  • Surgical scar implantation: After surgery, some endometrial cells may attach to a surgical incision.
  • Endometrial cell transport: blood vessels or tissue fluid (lymphatic) system may move endometrial cells.
  • Immune system disorder: Your immune system might mistakenly attack endometrial-like tissue.

 

What increases your chances of endometriosis?

When it comes to endometriosis, some women have a higher chance of experiencing it. Here are some that can increase your chances of getting endometriosis:

  • Not giving birth
  • Having a relative that had endometriosis
  • Mostly affect women from ages 25-40 but it can start during puberty
  • Low BMI
  • Starting the menstrual cycle at an early age
  • Shorter menstrual cycles
  • Having menopause at an older age
  • Heavy periods that last longer than usual

 

Endometriosis complications

The biggest complication of endometriosis is the possibility of causing infertility. The excess endometrial cells that build-up can block the fallopian tube and prevent the egg and sperm from meeting. In some cases, endometriosis can also damage the egg or sperm causing the chance of getting pregnant to decrease. Aside from infertility, there is the complication of chronic pain and how it can influence your quality of life. This can be caused by a lack of sleep and unable to do normal functions that can interfere with work. Endometriosis can also lead to some mental illness from lack of quality sleep and the feeling of hopelessness from not being able to do things you usually do.

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Reference

[1] As-Sanie S, Black R, Giudice LC, et al. Assessing research gaps and unmet needs in endometriosis. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2019;221(2):86-94. doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2019.02.033

[2] Payne, Jessica A. “Acupuncture for Endometriosis: A Case Study.” Medical acupuncture vol. 31,6 (2019): 392-394. doi:10.1089/acu.2019.1379