Endometriosis/endometriotic cyst treatment

Endometriosis is a chronic, often painful condition in which the tissue that normally lines the uterus (called the endometrium) starts growing outside the uterus. The overgrowth most commonly affects the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and pelvic lining but can also spread beyond the pelvic area.1

Endometriosis is commonly treated with hormone therapy, surgery, pain medications, and lifestyle changes, but because it can be so difficult to treat, many women will turn to natural therapies to support the medical treatments prescribed by their doctors.

Treatment Goals

Alternative therapies work both to alleviate the symptoms of endometriosis as well as address the underlying causative factors. As a general rule, there is little scientific evidence to support the use of any alternative therapy in treating endometriosis. With that said, the potential harms tend to be low, so they generally won't make things worse.

Symptoms of endometriosis include

  • Painful periods, including pelvic pain and cramping
  • Lower abdominal or low back pain
  • Sharp, deep pain during ovulation, sexual intercourse, bowel movements, or urination
  • Shooting pains (sciatica) during menstruation
  • Heavy menstrual periods
  • Bleeding in between periods
  • Indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, or nausea
  • Infertility