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About Endometriosis

Endometriosis, a condition where the endometrium like tissue -  or tissue similar to the endometrium lining of the uterus - grows outside of the uterus on various places throughout the body, affects 1 on 10 people who menstruate, which translates into 176 million (11%) worldwide.

Some of the most common symptoms include, and are concerns Dr Stephanie treats:

- Dysmenorrhea (the fancy word for painful menstruation)
- Dysparunia (painful intercourse)
- Pain before, during, and after menstruation
- Painful Urination
- Increased chances of Urinary Tract Infections
- Metrorrhagia (excessively heavy bleeding)
- Bleeding/spotting between periods 
- Passing of large clots
- Painful bowel movements - Diarrhea OR Constipation
- Nausea and/or vomiting 
- Gas
- Bloating
- Extreme fatigue
- Leg pain 
- Back pain
- Generalized pelvic pain
- Anemia
- Infertility 
- Abdominal cramping
- Headaches and/or migraines
- Allergies
- Compromised mental well being
- Chemical sensitivities
- Frequent, repeated surgical procedures for diagnosis and treatment

Treating Endometriosis

Treating Endometriosis from the perspective of East Asian/Traditional Chinese Medicine is an approach that treats the whole person and addresses the multitude of symtoms that coexist for endometriosis patients. 

It's a misconception that Acupuncture and Herbs can completely help with anything in one treatment visit. Most patients, especially if they have been in pain for a long period of time, need to see Dr Stephanie more frequently at the onset of their treatment to work more effectively to reduce symptoms and start getting endometriosis under control. Studies have shown that Acupuncture is more effective in the treatment of Endometriosis as it has been shown to lower CA125 markers, whereas pain medication only blocks the pain.

Treatment protocols vary from patient to patient but include some of the following modalities:
Acupuncture
Auricular Acupuncture
Chinese Herbal Formulas
Supplements
Nutrition and Lifestyle Changes
Anti-inflammatory Diet
Cupping Therapy
Gua Sha
Celluma Light Therapy 
Infrared Therapy

Additionally, Dr Stephanie may recommend adjuct therapies to compliment her treatment plan. Examples include:
Chiropractic
Physical Therapy
Changes to Exercise Plan 
Massage Therapy
Blood work panels 

Once patients have reached the level where their pain has decreased, their lives have improved, Dr Stephanie adopts a maintenance plan that she works on with her patients.