Endometriosis is a health problem that affects 1 in 10 women, or 176 million women worldwide, with an average delay in diagnosis ranging from 6 years to 10 years.
Women suffering from endometriosis will agree – it affects every single aspect of their life.
Endometriosis becomes who they are, it defines them, it consumes their identity and their life. They are an ‘endometriosis sufferer’.
Carol Pearson says it all at TEDxBrighton:
Along the way women are given pills and remedies to try to enforce a ‘normal’ state of health – without thought, regard or consideration for why their body may have ‘gone off the rails’.
Carol is grateful to her surgeons, her ‘huntsmen’ who tracked down her endometriosis, but you need not endure the trauma she went through.
Women with endometriosis may feel as if being a woman is a curse. They may wonder what more they can do to change what is happening to their body.
- What more could she be doing or not doing?
- How can she undo this very distressing condition?
- How can she stop being someone whose life is totally ruled by the calendar?
Endometriosis can fracture women’s relationships:
- with themselves and their partners.
- They cease to trust their body.
- Their sexuality suffers.
- Their faith in the medical profession wavers.
- Possibly, they even lose faith in their God.
As a women’s health specialist, prior to IVF and other medically conceived reproductive and gynecological advances, I am amazed, over and over again, that the medical profession’s first response to a health crisis is not returning the body to its original blueprint.
Western medicine says endometriosis is the reason periods, sex and life are difficult to endure. They say endometriosis is the reason some women are not mothers – and therefore must choose to spend precious personal resources (physical, emotional and financial) using artificial means to overcome.
And all the while they are not paying attention to WHY the endometriosis is there in the first place.
A sensible place to start would be to ask:
- why does endometriosis happen?
Followed quickly by:
- why doesn’t everyone have it?
If you have had enough of the hassle of over-bleeding, and being in pain, and having your life continually disrupted, and spending time and money and hope that the next great answer will work – then you might want to consider undoing what caused the problem in the first place.
- Why not just get rid of it?
- Why not listen to what your body has been trying to tell you for a long, long time?
Finding someone to fix you may not be the answer. Masking the problem is definitely not the answer.
Going on the pill to hide the problem, for example, is much like covering over the red light on your car’s dashboard: the petrol will run out or the engine will overheat if you do not pay attention.
So too, a woman’s body that cries out for help will imperil her health if she does not pay attention to its warning lights and address the source of the problem.
Undoing what has lead you to the tangle you now find yourself in is the simple solution. And the earlier you have symptoms, the easier the problem is to fix.
Take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing.
Just because your mother or sister suffered, doesn’t mean you have to suffer. It is not passed on in your genes, but it could well be passed on through the belief systems in your family.
Don’t wait until the excruciating period pain, debilitating migraines and outrageous over-bleeding get too much – seek help when your periods start being painful or unreasonable.
Seek help immediately if your period brings with it extreme pain and over-bleeding.
Modern Western medicine considers it to be ‘normal’ for women to suffer when they bleed – and so for these practitioners the easiest thing to recommend is to stop your periods.
Current ‘best practice’ tells you to override your body and its warning signs and go on the pill as soon as you start menstruating. Hey, skip your periods altogether if you like!
Various medical ‘quick fixes’ may not prove either useful or convenient over time.
You may discover that the real cause of your agony may not be your hormones – but what sends them off on a tangent that is disruptive to the good health and ease of being a woman.
Observing the reasons behind the existence of the apparent problem (endometriosis) will lead you to the real problem: not endometriosis, but what has allowed and encouraged it to be there in the first place.
There is a central question that appears to be unanswerable from the Western medical model:
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