Does a Dairy & Gluten-Free Diet Cures Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a common condition affecting as many as 10% of women in the U.S. The condition occurs when cells from the inner uterus grow outside of the uterus in the abdominal cavity. The cells are under the influence of hormones, especially during menstruation. During this time they are stimulated and subsequently inflammatory pain is often times a manifestation of the condition. Other common symptoms linked to endometriosis are:
· Painful abdominal cramps
· Low back pain
· Painful coitus (sex)
· Pain with urination and urinary frequency
From videos from the Internet I saw a Doctor Who cared for people with endometriosis by having them stop eating dairy products
Pelvic pain in women accounts for 10-40% of all gynecologic office visits. A new research study found that the gluten-free diet led to dramatic pelvic pain reduction in women suffering from endometriosis – begging the question – “Is endometriosis a manifestation of non-celiac gluten sensitivity?”
Below is an excerpt from the study…
At 12 month follow-up, 156 patients (75%) reported a statistically significant change in painful symptoms (P<0.005), 51 patients (25%) reported no improvement of symptoms. No patients reported worsening of pain. A considerable increase in scores for all domains of physical functioning, general health perception, vitality, social functioning, and mental health was observed in all patients (P<0.005).
CONCLUSION: In our experience, painful symptoms of endometriosis decrease after 12 months of gluten-free diet.
Source: Minerva Chir. 2012 Dec;67(6):499-504.
This is Not the Only Study Making A Connection Between Gluten and an Endometriosis Diet Correction.
Other researchers have made the same correlation between those with celiac disease and endometriosis. One published report found that a gluten free diet not only helped resolve endometriosis, the diet also corrected infertility. Another study found a strong increased risk for of endometriosis in women with celiac disease.
Hum Reprod. 2011 Oct;26(10):2896-901.
Clin Exp Obstet Gynecol. 2014;41(3):346-8.
This is not the first time a gluten-free diet has been shown to improved hormone issues…
Gluten has been shown to disrupt hormones in numerous research studies. The following are common hormone based diseases influenced by the gluten-free diet:
Many Mechanisms Are At Play
Gluten induced hormone imbalance can occur via multiple mechanisms.
1. Gluten can cause malabsorption of fat leading to female hormone deficiency
2. Gluten can cause malabsorption of vitamins and minerals that help regulate blood sugar, thyroid hormone function, estrogen and progesterone balance, testosterone, cortisol, adrenaline, dopamine, serotonin, and growth hormone production.
3. Gluten can cause inflammation that damages organs responsible for the production of hormones.
4. Gluten can induce autoimmune reactions that lead to the body’s immune system attacking hormones, hormone receptors, and the organs responsible for producing hormones.
5. Gluten can cause leaky gut contributing to immune system dysfunction and altered regulation.
Bottom line – if you have endometriosis, change your diet. It might just be the answer to your problem.
Always looking out for you,
Dr. Osborne – The Gluten Free Warrior
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10 responses on “Gluten and Endometriosis – Is There a Connection?”
I am just fascinated that after my surgery to fix my uterine septum and repair stage two endo damage that has my left ovary stuck to my abdominal wall, and was blocking my right tube, when I asked the surgeon does diet play a role in this condition worsening? He said no, don’t believe what you read on the Internet. When now 7 months gluten-free I have lost 15 pounds ( 115 lbs) and I feel the best I have ever felt my entire life. No more bloat, stomach discomfort, fullness, cramps have not been the worst they have been. It irritates me that they are so vague about this connection, even when I report back and tell them how much better I feel. Another director offered no insight on how the two may be connected. When and how will this change? It’s not right.
I am 37 years old and have probably had endometriosis for 20 of those years. I say “probably” because I was only diagnosed in April of 2014 via the laparoscopic procedure. My General Practitioner (GP) just gave me pain meds for 20 years and never bothered to look any deeper. So when it came time to try and get pregnant it was virtually futile for us with male fertility issues and me having stage IV endo. We tried naturally for about 2 years with no success so on to IVF. I have done 2 egg retrievals and 3 frozen egg transfers (the 4th FET will be in Jan. 2016). I got tired of being told there is nothing I can do so I did a lot of research on endometriosis. I learned endo is thought to be an autoimmune disease and causes inflammation. So I moved on to what causes inflammation in the body? With that research, I came to food. They are 3 main foods that can cause inflammation in some people (not all); sugar, dairy, and wheat (gluten). So in Oct 2015, I decided to limit all 3 foods for one month (I felt better) but I knew there is no way I can live without all of these foods. So I added a bit of sugar back in my diet and still felt good, added a little dairy back and still felt good. The day I added wheat (gluten) back was the day I knew where the problem was. I felt awful for at least a week!! I have not been tested for Celiac Disease nor do I think I need to as I will never have gluten again. I have been gluten free for 3 months and here is why I feel better. I have more energy, I went from 128 lbs to 116 lbs in a month (that’s 10% of my body weight) and I wasn’t even trying to lose weight. My endo pain has decreased substantially. I used to be out of commission (fetal position wrapped around a heating pad on the couch) for the first 2 days of my cycle and now I can at least function like a normal human being on those 2 days with zero pain meds even. I am feeling optimistic about this next FET in Jan 2016 as I’ll be doing intralipids to boost my immune system and feel I have brought down so much of the inflammation through going gluten free. My advice is, stop masking the issue with medications and find out why you have the problem, to begin with. Don’t be afraid to listen to your body and make the changes it’s asking for. ?
Thank you for sharing this. It makes me feel better knowing know what actually triggers my cramps! I knew I was gluten sensitive but didn’t completely stay away from it. Now I will!!
Hi Shilo, im just wondering how you went with your January IVF? Ive just had our 3rd round fail and think its time i look at going gluten and dairy free. I hope it worked for you. Good luck
Hello, just saw your comment and it is almost exactly how I am affected by food. I’m wondering, were you able to conceive after going gluten free?
I have suffered endo since diagnosis at 18yrs of age. I am now 40 years old. I have been in and out of hospital most of this time with chronic digestion and bowel issues and women’s problems. My whole life has been blighted and I have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, pancreatitis, acid reflux, hernia, irritable bowel syndrome, I could go on. I have suffered water infections for 3 years straight. I developed a rash and after a year of hot itchy weeping blister like sores I through elimination discovered wheat/gluten was the cause. I have been totally 100% gluten free since and I can without a doubt attest that every single illness and symptom has totally vanished. I now have not one health issue which is a miracle after all this time. They have diagnosed celiac and I now know every health issue was related. I am gutted it has meant 25 years of illness but on the other hand so delighted to be finally 100% well.
Gluten Free Society says:
So happy you found an answer to your chronic health problems. Thanks for sharing your story with everyone!
All the best,
I am 35 yrs. old and I’ve know at least since I was 23 that I have Endo and Until I met Dr.Uthman Cavallo. I did not understand it and never realized the servarity of it . He put me on metformin two yrs. ago and 3 moths after he put me on it for my endo I had a liposcop surgrey my endo was so bad he put me on a serious gluten free diet and explain what it was doing to me I was thinking i could not have kids because of it but the metformin helps to reverse the symptoms and helped me ovulate do to my endo i was so off 5 months after my surgrey and a half gluten free diet I got prego with my 1sy child after yrs. of trying I say to everyone take it seriously because it can only cause you harm and gluten free diet is best Dr.Uthman Cavallo is my mircle worker I am true blessed to have had god put him in my path my endo was so bad and i feel better .
Endo Is heredatiery Get checked not many people know it
Connie Ricker says:
I was diagnosed at age 20 with endo and the Dr. never told me I had it after surgery for an egg size cyst removal. I found out at age 29 when experiencing infertility and ordered my medical records at my new gyno. None of the doctors ever told me about diet and pain management and just pushed pain meds on me until I said no more! I have suffered with this since my teens and now at age 53 have changed my diet and lost 25 lbs. I am perimenopausal now and no children after 2 surgeries and years of being bedridden with all the symptoms,pain and depression. I am going to completely change my diet to see what happens. Shame on you bad drs.
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