Is It Normal Period Pain or Endometriosis?

Normal period pain or endometriosisPeriod pain or dysmenorrhea should be mild and respond to simple treatments like ibuprofen, zinc, or a dairy-free diet. If period pain does not respond to simple treatments, it could be endometriosis or adenomyosis.

Debilitating period pain is never normal.

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Immune Treatment for Endometriosis

endometriosisEndometriosis is not a hormonal condition. It’s affected by estrogen but is not caused by estrogen or “estrogen dominance.”

Instead, endometriosis is a whole-body inflammatory and immune disease, and possibly a microbial disease.

What does that mean for treatment?

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Why Progesterone Is Just as Important as Estrogen

It’s time to bring progesterone into the conversation about women’s health. That’s according to Canadian endocrinology professor Jerilynn Prior in her paper “Women’s Reproductive System as Balanced Estradiol and Progesterone Actions—a revolutionary, paradigm-shifting concept in women’s health.” In the paper, Professor Prior makes the case that historically there has been a “cultural over-emphasis on estrogen” while “progesterone tends to be ignored or associated with negative effects.”

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The Pros and Cons of Hormonal IUDs (Mirena, Kyleena, and Skyla)

Mirena hormonal IUDHormonal IUDs are different from all types of hormonal birth control in that they do not suppress ovulation and therefore can permit natural cycling.

Other benefits of hormonal IUDs are that they can dramatically decrease menstrual flow and relieve symptoms of endometriosis.

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