You Docs: Finding pain relief for endometriosis

Drs. Oz & Roizen's Tip of the Day:

May 20, 2013 

Padma Lakshmi ("Top Chef"), Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg and another 100 million women worldwide contend with endometriosis, a condition in which endometrial cells (that line the uterus) grow outside the uterus, causing adhesions, scarring, severe pain and a higher risk of infertility.

Even though 10 percent of all women develop endometriosis, we're just beginning to understand the causes: possibly a combination of immune system misfires, exposure to environmental toxins, plus a genetic predisposition. Effective nonmedical treatments are emerging, but until recently, only hormone therapy, pain pills and surgery were offered, at a cost of $22 billion a year!

Our suggestions:

Stress reduction: Life stressors can aggravate immune system misfires and amplify pain, so it's important to meditate regularly ( has instructions). Also, acupuncture, biofeedback and massage help.

Vitamins E (1,200 IU of mixed tocopherols) and C (1,000 mg) daily: One study reports a 43 percent reduction in everyday pain and a 25 percent reduction in painful sex within eight weeks.

Eliminate all trans fats and boost your intake of omega-3s: Eat salmon and ocean trout two to three times a week and take 900 IU of DHA from algal oil daily. In one study, women with the highest intake of trans fats were 48 percent more likely - and those with the highest intake of omega-3s were 22 percent LESS likely - to develop endometriosis!

Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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