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Let’s talk about endometriosis: not “just a woman’s problem”

by | Chinese medicine, News, Women's Health

Endometriosis is a widespread health condition affecting approximately 1 in 10 women of reproductive age globally. It’s characterized by the growth of endometrial cells — the cells that normally line your uterus — in places outside the uterus, like the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and pelvic lining. This aberrant growth can cause painful periods, chronic pelvic discomfort, painful intercourse, and even fertility challenges.

Endometriosis is a health issue that’s important to me because I’ve seen many women at my clinic bravely facing it every day. Each one of their stories underscores the urgency of bringing attention to a condition that affects millions of women worldwide, yet remains misunderstood.

Despite the significant impacts on women’s quality of life, endometriosis often goes undiagnosed, or even dismissed, for far too long.

A big part of this problem is a lack of awareness about the condition. But it goes deeper than that—it’s also tied to how society often normalizes women’s pain.

What does this mean? Well, it means that women’s health concerns, especially those around reproductive or menstrual health, aren’t always taken as seriously as they should be. Too often, severe menstrual pain is brushed off as “just part of being a woman,” leaving many to suffer in silence. Sometimes, even when women do seek help, their concerns are downplayed or overlooked by healthcare professionals.

This dismissal can come at a high cost to women. It’s not just about the physical pain—delayed diagnosis and treatment can lead to other health complications, like fertility issues. Moreover, living with untreated endometriosis can take a toll on mental health, relationships, and overall quality of life.

In light of these challenges, many women are exploring alternative approaches to manage their endometriosis symptoms. But before we dive into those, it’s important to understand and acknowledge the seriousness of this condition. Endometriosis is not just “a woman’s problem.” It’s a serious health issue that deserves attention, understanding, and thoughtful care.

Standing Up for Your Health

Navigating the healthcare system can be tricky, especially when you feel like your concerns aren’t being heard. But remember, you have the right to be your own health advocate.


Here are a few ways you can make sure your voice is heard:

Keep a Symptom Diary

Documenting your symptoms, their frequency, and severity can be a powerful tool during your doctor’s appointments. It can provide concrete evidence of what you’re experiencing and help guide the conversation.

Speak Up

It can be intimidating, but it’s important to voice your concerns. Be honest about your symptoms and don’t downplay your pain or discomfort. Remember, it’s your body, and you know it best.

Ask Questions

If something isn’t clear to you, ask for clarification. You have the right to understand your diagnosis, treatment options, and what you can expect moving forward.

Consider a Second Opinion

If you feel your concerns are being dismissed, it might be time to seek a second opinion. It’s okay to want reassurance or alternative views on your health.

Bring a Support Person

Having someone with you during appointments can be a huge help. They can provide emotional support, help remember important information, and be your advocate.

Trust Your Instincts

You know your body best. If you feel like something is wrong, it’s important to trust your instincts and advocate for your health.

Try alternative treatments

Many women are now exploring complementary and alternative medicine practices like East Asian Medicine. These holistic approaches offer non-invasive and natural ways to manage endometriosis and its symptoms. They provide a different perspective on the condition and put women’s experiences, voices, and wellbeing at the center of care. By focusing on restoring balance and promoting natural healing, these practices can help women regain control over their health and their lives.

Traditional East Asian Medicine approach to treating endometriosis

Traditional East Asian Medicine has a rich history dating back thousands of years, it offers a unique perspective on endometriosis, viewing it not as an isolated condition but as a symptom of a body’s overall imbalance.

In contrast to Western medicine, TCM diagnoses endometriosis through identifying unique patterns of disharmony within the body, offering personalized treatment plans instead of a one-size-fits-all approach.

Traditional East Asian Medicine employs a multifaceted toolkit comprised of:


This practice uses fine needles to stimulate specific points on the body, helping to realign the body’s energy, or Qi, and alleviate pain.


Similar to acupuncture, acupressure applies pressure to key points on the body to stimulate healing and pain relief.

Herbal Remedies

Customized herbal formulas are used to nourish and restore the body’s balance, addressing the root cause of endometriosis.

Qi Gong and Tai Chi

These mind-body practices help cultivate the flow of Qi and promote overall wellness.

Each tool aims to address the unique imbalances contributing to endometriosis, offering a holistic approach towards healing.


Endometriosis is not just a normal part of being a woman. It’s a condition that needs more awareness, more understanding, and more compassionate care. Because every woman deserves to live a life free from unnecessary pain.

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