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Does Anxiety Affect Endometriosis?

 

You might have heard of endometriosis, a condition in which the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus. It can adhere to nearby organs such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, or colon. Even when growing outside of the uterus, it will still break down (bleed) monthly, and without an avenue to release that from the body, you can experience pain during intercourse, exercise, or in general, as well as possible infertility. The tissue growth outside of the uterus also can result in scar tissue or endometriotic lesions.

There’s no known cause of endometriosis, although research has found that the condition is stimulated by hormones. Family history of endometriosis also can become a factor in diagnosis.

How Will My Anxiety Hurt?

As women, stress and anxiety can be a natural part of life. And while you can’t help your circumstances, you can learn to work on your reaction to them. If you think you might have or have been diagnosed with endometriosis, you should know that anxiety triggers excess stress hormone releases. Those hormones affect your heart rate and blood flow. High levels of that stress hormone, in turn, can hinder your body’s ability to limit scarring and inflammation caused by endometriosis.

So how can you make your life more calm and less anxious? You certainly can’t simply stop meeting your responsibilities or take a vacation every other week. Try these ideas to calm your spirit, and this can help manage any endometriosis symptoms:

●      Yoga

●      Meditation

●      Exercise

●      Warm baths

●      Heating pads on pelvic area

●      Fiber-rich diet

●      Spend time outside

●      Endometriosis support group

●      Cognitive-behavior therapy

●      Acupuncture

For those who need further treatment for endometriosis, severe symptoms can be treated with minor surgery if needed. To discuss this further, make an appointment today by giving us a call at 717-840-9885 or click on the button below. 

 

 



Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

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