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Endometriosis after Menopause

By Lucy Rose Clinic

October 27, 2022


We’ve had a lot of women ask us if endometriosis will go away after menopause. This article will answer that, and also cover the following:



  • What is endometriosis?
  • Male endometriosis
  • What causes endometriosis?
  • Can endometriosis develop after menopause?
  • Will endometriosis go away after menopause?
  • Are there drug-free ways to avoid surgery for endometriosis?



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What is Endometriosis?



Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue that is similar to the tissue that lines the Uterus (the endometrium) begins to grow outside the uterus. It is usually found in the pelvic region (ovaries, fallopian tubes etc.) but can move to almost any region of the body.



Approximately 1 in 9 women have Endometriosis



Endometriosis can be extremely painful, especially during menstruation and can become worse as time progresses. It can affect fertility and prevent people from participating fully in work, education or sporting activities. In 2016-17 there were more than 34,000 hospitalisations due to this disorder.



Male Endometriosis



Although the Endometriosis research is largely focused on women, you don’t have to have a uterus to have Endo. Though rare, cases of Endometriosis in Men have been documented. The trigger of this is largely unknown, however, there are several risk factors that have been identified:



  • Hormone therapy
  • Cancer treatments that contain Estrogen
  • Liver Cirrhosis or Liver Failure
  • Obesity
  • Inflammation following surgery



Each of these factors has been associated with increases in Estrogen levels within the body, which has also been associated with Endo in women.



What causes endometriosis?



To answer the original question of this article, it is important to understand the drivers of endo.



Endometriosis is a complex disease that is caused by multiple contributing factors. Whilst mainstream medicine focuses only on estrogen, new research has identified the following factors that drive Endometriosis:



  • High Estrogen Levels
  • Low Progesterone, and altered function of progesterone cell receptor sites
  • Immune Dysregulation
  • Chronic Inflammation
  • Leaky Gut and Dysbiotic Bacteria
  • Food Intolerances and Sensitivities





Can endometriosis develop after menopause?



It is rare, but there are cases of endometriosis developing AFTER menopause (which means no period for a minimum of 12 months) The main driving factors to this are;



  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
  • Phytoestrogens (plant-based estrogens that mimic estrogen)
  • Tamoxifen (a selective estrogen receptor modulator often used to treat breast cancer)



Will Endometriosis Go Away After Menopause?



This will really depend on your personal health history, how long you had endo before menopause, what medications you are on, and if you have any inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.



Menopause sees a dramatic drop in estrogen – which is the main driver of endo. But if you also have chronic inflammation and autoimmune disease, your endo may not be relieved enough. You may be recommended surgery by your medical advisor.



Are there drug-free ways to avoid surgery for endometriosis?



Again, this will depend on your personal health status, how long you’ve had endo, what medications you are on, and if you have any inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.



But yes, there actually are drug and surgery-free options available to you. You may need a combination of treatment approaches to get fast results.



You can learn all about The Lucy Rose Clinic’s approach to supporting people with endometriosis with a corrective program in our FREE EBOOK below.



Alternatively, you are welcome to book a FREE 15-MINUTE CONSULT and we can discuss your situation, and how we can help. We would love to meet you on the phone and help you improve your health.





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