Endometriosis and Preparing for IVF Cycle
Hi, I've wrote you back in March before my 2nd IVF cycle, and the cycle failed :( Now I am trying to be positive and prepare for the next cycle which I hope to do in the fall. Before that, I really want to focus on managing my endometriosis.
I have a severe case and after 2 surgeries (2006 Laparotomy for fibroid and endo, 2008 Laparoscopy for endo), I still have 2 small endometriosis. After this failed IVF cycle, my pain seemed to start happening.(I never really had severe pain from endo, except pulling feeling cramp on my back and some bloated stomach).
There are 3 questions I have for you:
1 Is there an effective herbal treatment for treating/curing endo? Some people recommend 2 different formula for 2 phases in period cycle, and other recommend tablet or liquid herb to take 2-3 times a day. Which one is more effective? Do you have such formula that I can do at home?
FYI, I am taking birth control pill, prenatal, cranberry tablet (I had frequent UTI last year and had Leep done for pre-cancerous cell), folic acid, and acidophilus.
2 Is there vitamin I should add/omit? I also didn't want to become like vitamin pill maniac as I a taking many already...Is there way to adjust this?
3 I know I should probably find a holistic doctor in town, but don't know where to start to find the right one. Do you have suggestions or source in New York City?
I am doing yoga, meditation and castor oil packs.
Hi Mary, I am sorry to learn that your second IVF treatment failed.
1. A good herbal remedy for endometriosis is EndoEx
. It supports your entire menstrual cycle. This is a natural treatment that needs a few months to act and give relief.
This remedy contains:Vitex agnus-castus
to support ovulation and progesterone production. In women with endometriosis, estrogen levels tend to go up. Higher than normal
estrogen levels is known to stimulate more endometrial growth and migration.
The best way to keep estrogen levels normal is to balance them with progesterone. In fact, estrogen and progesterone counterbalance each other, where estrogen is higher during the first phase of the cycle and progesterone during the second phase, after ovulation.Dong Quai
helps increase blood circulation to the uterus, improving stagnant blood condition often related to endometriosis. Milk Thistle
helps cleanse the liver. The liver is where the hormones are manufactured and destroyed.
If the liver is overloaded, this process becomes inefficient and excess estrogen hormones tend to be re-introduced into the circulation.
Supporting the liver helps increase hormonal balance by eliminated surplus hormones, especially if you consider that most people ingest hormones from tap water, dairy and non organic meat.Wild Yam
is used to reduce uterine spasm and t helps prevent cramping.Viburnum opulus
is a homeopathic remedy known to support the uterus. This is used in homeopathy to treat endometriosis and other uterine problems.
EndoEx can be taken during both the follicular and luteal phase of the menstrual cycle.
Other formulas have specific herbs for each phase. These formulas help balance the hormones, while EndoEx is more specific for healing the endometrium and maintain uterine health.
These formulas are Harmonize Phase 1 & 2
, that should be taken at each phase of the month.
2. If you have endometriosis, there are specific vitamins that you should incorporate. These are:
DIM, Pycogenol, Omega 3, Bee propolis, and maca.
Vitamin E: 800 IU
Vitamin C: 2-5 grams
Magnesium: 500 mg
Grape-seed extract: 400 mg
Avoid gluten, red meat, hydrogenated oils, fast foods, soy and dairy.
Avoid pesticides, chemicals and use only 100% organic feminine products. Avoid creams and shampoos that contain parabens. These are xenostrogens that stimulate endometrial tissue to grow.
3. In New York, you should be able to find an acupuncturist that can help you for sure. Eileen Chen from www.activeacupuncture.com specializes in infertility and acupuncture for IVF.