Endometriosis is a medical condition where the endometrium or the inner lining of the uterus is inflamed. It is caused oftentimes by a hormone overload, especially with estrogen. Why is it important and how is it related to treating fatigue? In this video, we will go through it. This is Dr. Lam, founder of DrLam.com.
Endometriosis is so common and it is part of, as we said earlier, a continuum of hormonal excess, particularly, the hormone estrogen. Now, when estrogen is in balance with progesterone, the woman will feel great. When estrogen is in excess, then problems arise. Estrogen is made in a few places in the body, including: the adrenal glands, the ovaries, and the fat cells. If you have a lot of stress your adrenal glands supply more estrogen, when you have ovarian dysfunction your body provides more estrogen, and when you have more fat tissues the body will supply more estrogen.
Where does the estrogen go? The estrogen helps the woman develop her body to be more female. On a monthly basis the estrogen builds up in the uterine lining and, therefore, the menses becomes heavier. Many people experience heavy cycle bleeding because their estrogen level is too high. Now, the body does give you symptoms of high estrogen, and these can include: PCOS, fibrocystic breast disease, endometriosis, and as well as in last cases, endometrial cancer. Not to be forgotten, is fibroids.
Now as I said, endometriosis, therefore, must be explained in terms of an estrogen continuum, where the estrogen output in the body is too much. Now the estrogen excess can be related on actual terms or in relative terms. In other words, you can have a laboratory test and have estrogen levels in an absolutely normal range, but still have estrogen dominance because if you have less progesterone to offset the estrogen, then the estrogen will go up.
Now most of your hormones, as well as compounds in the body, have opposing partners, for example, calcium opposes magnesium, sodium opposes potassium, copper balances with zinc. Now estrogen is definitely balanced with progesterone, and when you have no progesterone then the same amount of estrogen will become high relative to the amount of progesterone and, therefore, you have a situation that we refer to as estrogen dominance. This frequently occurs during the menopausal period where the estrogen level declines, but the progesterone level declines even more, resulting in estrogen dominance.
In the case of adrenal fatigue, the progesterone can oftentimes be shunted through downstream hormones such as steroids or cortisol leading to estrogen dominance as well. Now estrogen dominance in the body is expressed as endometriosis, fibrocystic breast disease, and fibrosis as we talked earlier.
So, a person can experience endometriosis, heavy period, PMS, and not know what the cause is, but if you trace it enough it can be related to adrenal fatigue as well as other possible causes. So endometriosis in itself may be very, very easily treated by conventional doctors thinking that this is a strict hormonal dysfunction by giving birth control pills and in extreme cases even surgery. But, actually, endometriosis is a symptom, not a disease. If you trace it deep it enough and you will find that often times it is in connection with a female hormone imbalance that often times is associated with adrenal fatigue.
Now many people can have endometriosis in itself without anything else, but in the case of adrenal fatigue they are tied together and knowing endometriosis and the role it plays within the adrenal fatigue continuum is important in your search for the right answer, and I hope you understand that. There is an article actually in my website called 'Estrogen Dominance'. I have also written a book that you can look for which will explain to you in much more detail.
Those of you who are interested in this topic can visit my website, there is an article called estrogen dominance, and there is another called progesterone. These are critical articles for you to understand, they give you a broad base of physiological perspectives on what we're talking about and how to deal with this, and how to recognize these problems.