Can Endometriosis be prevented?
“Although there is no way to totally prevent endometriosis, you may be able to lower your chances of getting the condition and to manage your symptoms if you get it.
Women with high intakes of beef or other red meat or ham have higher incidences of endometriosis. Try eating more whole grains, citrus fruits, and vegetables: One study reported a lower incidence of endometriosis in women with high intake of whole grains, green vegetables, and fruit. These foods are packed with dietary fiber that helps reduce estrogen concentration in the body.
In addition, limit excessive alcohol intake, as large amounts of alcohol raise estrogen levels. Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can also boost your levels of “good” estrogen metabolites (compounds that are made when estrogens break down in the body) and lower your levels of “bad” ones.
If using birth control, consider using hormones with the lowest estrogen levels. Some studies also show low trans-fat diets, and more omega-3 fats (found in fish, walnuts, and flax), can reduce period cramping and inflammation.
In one study, women who consumed the highest omega-3 fats were 22% less likely to have endometriosis. Take your time to experiment with the tips above and find an approach that is right for you.” – Jane Vesel, CNM