Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I find out if I have endometriosis?
A. Currently, the only way to know for sure if you have endometriosis is by laparoscopy or laparotomy. Tissue is obtained during these procedures and tested to confirm endometriosis.
Women reporting symptoms of endometriosis may be presumptively diagnosed. This can be supported by signs observed in physical examinations or on ultrasound.
However, definitive diagnosis can only happen via surgical procedure.
Q. Will diet help my endometriosis?
I recommend anti-inflammatory, plant based (not plant exclusive) diets to my patients.
Q. Should I take supplements for my endometriosis?
A. Natural health supplements can be hugely beneficial in women with endometriosis. However, I never recommend that a woman prescribe this to herself. There are differences in types of supplements, quality and dose. It is critical that you are taking the correct supplement(s) for you as an individual and that a licensed practitioner is assessing for potential side effects or interactions with medications.
Q.My doctor told me that my symptoms are "all in my head", are they right?
Do not let anyone dismiss your symptoms.
Women’s health issues have a history of not being taken seriously by doctors. Find a doctor that you feel comfortable with and who listens to your concerns.
Q. I've already tried a bunch of diets, will a natural approach help me?
A. The short answer is “yes”.
A natural medicine approach is much more than just diet (although diet is very important). Naturopathic medicine takes a holistic approach to each individual. Our symptoms are an expression of disease or dis-ease. We each have different susceptibilities to illness. We just have to dig deep to identify the root cause(s) of disease within a person’s body, mind and environment. We then remove obstacles to health and create an optimal environment for healing to occur.