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Are there alternative treatments for endometriosis?

There are some alternative treatments that may help remedy some of the symptoms associated with endometriosis. Some individuals find relief from a bath or heating pad. Others find that acupuncture really helps to alleviate their endometriosis discomfort. Even if you do find these therapies helpful, you should still speak with your doctor since untreated endometriosis can cause permanent damage to the reproductive system.

Alternative treatments for relieving the painful symptoms of endometriosis include traditional Chinese medicine, nutritional approaches, exercise, yoga, homeopathy, acupuncture, allergy management and immune therapy.

While some healthcare providers may tell you these alternative paths to seeking pain relief from endometriosis are a waste of time, others may encourage you to try alternative methods of pain relief as long as they are not harmful to your condition. Either way, discuss any options you want to try with your healthcare provider. Also keep in mind that while these options may help relieve the pain of endometriosis, they won't cure the condition. Few if any alternative treatments have undergone rigorous scientific evaluation.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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