More than 5.5 million North American women and girls have endometriosis, affecting 10 to 15 percent of women between the ages of 25 and 44. For National Women’s Health Week, let’s take a look at how diet can help with endometriosis.
Endometriosis is an enigmatic condition characterized by the growth uterine-type cells outside of the uterus. The symptoms have little to do with the extent of the endometrial growths. Some women with small growths may experience debilitating pain, while other women with large growths may have no symptoms at all. Unfortunately, because of ongoing gastrointestinal discomfort, including diarrhea, painful bowel movements and general intestinal distress, many doctors to misdiagnosis endometriosis as irritable bowel syndrome.