Happy Endometriosis Awareness Month! In case you weren’t aware, March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. Approximately 176 million women are affected by Endometriosis worldwide, and 1 in 10 women in the USA have Endometriosis. I think it’s safe to say that we have an epidemic of Endometriosis suffers here on Planet Earth.
I’m naturally a very curious person. I’ve always been enthralled with the “why”. When it comes to why a woman develops Endometriosis, various theories have been floating around for awhile now. However, I think it’s safe to say that mainstream western medicine doesn’t 100% understand why some women develop Endometriosis and why some women don’t. In this blog post, I’d like to present two possible underlying factors contributing to a woman developing Endometriosis.
Past traumatic experiences. A candidate for Masters of Science in Clinical Research at Emory University, Friedrich Wieser, conducted a study in 2012 examining the relationship between surviving childhood abuse and developing Endometriosis later in life. The researcher examined data collected from the Nurses Health Study II. The Nurses Health Study II is a prospective cohort study of nurses in the USA aged 25 – 42 at enrollment in 1989. The Nurses’ Health study began in September 1989 with a sample of 116,678 registered female nurses from 14 US states. Premenopausal women aged 25 – 42 years at enrollment (1989) filled out various questionnaires every two years, including a retrospective questionnaire on childhood violence exposure (2001).
A total of 60,410 women contributed data through 2007, among whom there were 1,968 incidents of premenopausal cases of laparoscopically-confirmed endometriosis. 65% of these women in the cohort reported at least one abuse exposure. After adjusting for potential confounders, the researcher observed a statistically significant dose-response association between abuse and endometriosis.
So, what does this all mean? I would argue that the body can and does hold onto traumatic experiences, and sometimes those traumatic experiences can manifest into physical dis-ease. This was the case for me and my PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome). I firmly believe that I developed PCOS because my body was holding onto pain and trauma over being sexually abused as a child. Once I was able and willing to confront, release and heal those painful emotions through spiritual work with the Divine Feminine, the physical manifestations of my PCOS and Infertility were reversed, and now I ovulate every month.
If you have Endometriosis, I would suggest you take a critical eye to your past and mine it for difficult experiences that you can examine, release and heal. One way you can confront, release and heal any difficult experiences from your past is through my “Release energies no longer serving you” meditation, which can be found at this link:
Personally, I’m so stinking glad I did the deeper work to confront, release and heal the grief and anger I was holding onto over being sexually abused as a child. Releasing and healing those emotions that my body was holding onto changed how I saw myself and changed my relationship with others. I’m so grateful I developed PCOS, as it gave me the opportunity to heal myself even deeper and bring more of me into the world.
2. The Environmental Pollutant Dioxin. A study published in “Fundamental and Applied Toxicology” in 1993 called “Endometriosis in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) following chronic exposure to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin” found that “latent female reproductive abnormalities may be associated with dioxin exposure in the rhesus.” Dioxin is an environmental pollutant found just about everywhere, including in the cotton used in conventional tampons and pads. Unfortunately, the USDA and FDA do not mandate that tampon and pad companies list the ingredients in their products, so it’s difficult to know whether conventional tampons and pads contain dioxin or not. Thankfully, there are several alternative menstrual products which do not contain dioxins or any environmental pollutants, and they include certified organic tampons and pads, medical grade single use menstrual discs, silicone menstrual cups and cloth menstrual pads. I’ve been using alternative menstrual products for over 10 years and love using them. If you are on the fence, you can dip your toe into the alternative menstrual products world by, for example, purchasing one box of menstrual discs, or purchasing one cloth pad to try out. While these products may take some time to get used to, knowing that you are using a safer product every month is worth the trial and error.
I hope this article gave you some thoughts to ponder. If you have Endometriosis, I want you to know that I believe that it is possible for you to heal from Endometriosis, when you are willing to confront, release and heal any painful emotions your body may be holding onto, reduce environmental pollutant exposure, and co-create healing with Spirit, as I did to heal from PCOS and Infertility. Wishing you so much love on your journey to healing from Endometriosis.