This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
through the use of herbal formulas and acupuncture points such as the ear8


, helping to facilitate the free flow of energy throughout the body.


Q – Can I wait to start trying to have a baby or is my age a concern? A - Age plays a factor in the treatment of endometriosis and your ability to conceive. If possible, do not delay seeking out treatment options for endometriosis, particularly if you are over the age of 34. Advancing maternal age may complicate your treatment, particularly if your endometriosis has spread to the inside of the ovary where eggs might be destroyed. In addition, the extent of the endometriosis you currently have may increase as you age, as well. This is typical of endometriosis patients up until menopause.


and F2a which stimulate estrogen. Foods to avoid if you have endometriosis include7


:


• Sugar • Wheat • Caffeine • Alcohol • Dairy • Red Meat • Saturated fat and all transfats


Q – Are any alternative treatments effective for endometriosis? A - Yoga is an alternative pain management treatment that many find effective for reduction of symptoms by supporting both mental and physical balance as well as stress reduction.


You might also wish to consider Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture, which are thought to support regulation of the endocrine system. These can also help with pain management and symptom control


Q – How can I alleviate the pain associated with endometriosis? A - First off, your physician will support you in managing any pain or discomfort you may currently be experiencing. This can include over the counter medications that you are already familiar with, such as ibuprofen (Motrin and Advil) and also naproxen (Aleve). If these do not prove to be successful, your doctor will discuss stronger pain medication alternatives with you.


If you are not actively trying to conceive a baby, hormone treatments which suppress ovulation may be prescribed. Since these medications prevent hormones from signaling endometrial tissue to grow and shed, they are often effective in breaking the pain cycle. They include:


• Oral contraceptives (birth control pills). Sometimes women experience some nausea or headaches when taking these. Since birth control pills stop ovulation, they also stop menstruation, and thus the symptoms associated with endometriosis.


• GnRH analogues (Lupron, Synarel and Zoladex). These are estrogen blockers which should only be used for a six month period. GnRH analogues


THE RESOURCES LISTED IN THIS DIRECTORY ARE UNSCREENED AND SHOULD NOT BE VIEWED AS RECOMMENDATIONS OR ENDORSEMENTS, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, BY THE AFA. 26


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112  |  Page 113  |  Page 114  |  Page 115  |  Page 116  |  Page 117  |  Page 118  |  Page 119  |  Page 120  |  Page 121  |  Page 122  |  Page 123  |  Page 124  |  Page 125  |  Page 126  |  Page 127  |  Page 128  |  Page 129  |  Page 130  |  Page 131  |  Page 132  |  Page 133  |  Page 134  |  Page 135  |  Page 136  |  Page 137  |  Page 138  |  Page 139  |  Page 140  |  Page 141  |  Page 142  |  Page 143  |  Page 144  |  Page 145  |  Page 146  |  Page 147  |  Page 148  |  Page 149  |  Page 150  |  Page 151  |  Page 152  |  Page 153  |  Page 154  |  Page 155  |  Page 156  |  Page 157  |  Page 158  |  Page 159  |  Page 160  |  Page 161  |  Page 162  |  Page 163  |  Page 164  |  Page 165  |  Page 166  |  Page 167  |  Page 168