Endometriosis is an extremely painful condition where the lining of the uterus grows outside the womb. This can be difficult to diagnose and can cause several complications. The tissue responds to hormones that affect the menstrual cycle in the same way that endometrial tissue does. It swells and bleeds like endometrial tissue, but there is nowhere for the waste tissue and blood to go.
The tissue is not cancerous, but it can lead to scarring and adhesions. It can block the fallopian tubes, and cysts can form due to trapped blood. Tissues can fuse, leading to changes in the reproductive organs. Symptoms include pain and unusual bleeding.
Endometrial tissue can also develop in other areas including the digestive tract, the lungs, and around the heart.
The body usually expels this type of tissue during menstruation, but the tissue that forms in endometriosis may remain in the body, which can lead to inflammation. As tissue decomposes, scar tissue can form.
Endometriosis can significantly affect a person’s quality of life. In addition to the pain, they may experience pressures relating to:
• chronic pain
• the cost of medical care
• difficulty maintaining a social life
• concerns about not being able to become pregnant
• stress, anxiety, and depression Symptoms
Symptoms of endometriosis include:
• painful cramping, similar to menstrual cramps
• long-term lower back and pelvic pain
• periods lasting longer than 7 days
• heavy menstrual bleeding
• bowel and urinary problems, including pain, diarrhoea and bloating
• blood in the stool or urine
• nausea and vomiting
• pain during sex
• spotting or bleeding between periods
• difficulty becoming pregnant
The exact relationship between the endocannabinoid system and endometriosis is still not totally understood. One study that looked at women with endometriosis found that they had differences in cannabinoid receptors in the endometrial tissue sampled when compared to women without the condition. This suggests that the ECS does indeed play a role in endometriosis.
CBD products are known for their pain relief properties and anti-inflammatory. Taking CBD can decrease the amount of prescription painkillers and drugs needed. CBD is non-addictive and can be highly beneficial for pain and inflammation, as well as boosting mood and sleep. Various different CBD products are available, from gummies, oils, tablets and massage oil. These can be used alongside one another.
We have found taking daily CBD and applying CBD massage oil with a hot water bottle during flare ups can really ease symptoms. In summary, CBD seems promising for endometriosis pain, inflammation and mood.
**Do not use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. If you take regular prescription drugs it is advisable to check with a professional before using CBD. Most drugs work in harmony with CBD but there could be some when used with CBD that could alter the efficiency of your tablets. This could make them more effective or less effective. Just check with your doctor first.**