The female cycle is divided into 3 phases:
1.The proliferation phase. In this phase estrogen is released from the ovaries allowing the growth of the endometrial lining in the uterus.
2.The secretary phase. In this phase the ovaries release progesterone to mature the endometrium lining.
3.The excretory phase. This is when menstruation takes place and the lining is expelled from the body if fertilization has not occurred.
Cause of Endometriosis
The cause of endometriosis is the result of estrogen dominance.
In the first half of the cycle the ovaries produce high amounts of estrogen throughout the whole cycle. This results in the laying down of a very thick dense endometrial lining, which fails to change adequately from proliferative (growing lining) to secretary lining (mature lining).
In the second half of the cycle, estrogen dominates over progesterone (which it shouldn’t) resulting in the lining not maturing properly but rather continuing to grow. Due to the lining still in its growing phase, it’s not matured and ready to be expelled. Resulting in the lining being ‘ripped’ out of the uterus causing heavy, painful, and clotted menstrual bleeds.
The endometriosis patient is usually very irritable and has a short temper. She is a driven and demanding of herself and others.
Because of the constant stress response in her body, month after month, the available estrogen is compromised and FSH tends to over-stimulate the follicle production, insidious onset of dominance.
This condition builds over years and does not suddenly appear. The longer she continues to have high levels of stress hormone, Cortisol, without control, the further the condition will progress.
Many women have endometriosis without exhibiting the clinical symptoms which include painful, heavy and clotted menstruation. This is due to the condition not reaching its peak of clinical severity yet.
As these women drive themselves further, the high levels of Cortisol perpetuate and worsen the problem, eventually producing symptoms.
Estrogen dominance is aggravated by a bad diet i.e. high wheat and sugar intake, smoking and lack of exercise all of which usually go hand-in-hand with the go-getters lifestyle. Changing these lifestyle habits goes a long way in helping the condition.
To recap on the cause of Endometriosis:
- Estrogen dominance
- Type A personality.
- Highly driven and demanding woman, on them selves and others.
- High levels of Cortisol, the stress hormone.
Eliminating wheat, sugar, smoking and alcohol will help to reduce the cause of endometriosis