So, we’ve all heard that a glass of wine can be good for you. Healthy, actually. Then we’ve all heard that it can be harmful. Throw in the mix that some of us suffer from Endometriosis…and that many people try to cut alcohol out of their lifestyle to prevent flare-ups and symptoms. Alcohol is not only harmful to our bodies and livers, but contains a lot of sugar, as well as wreaks havoc on our system. But I like me some vino!
Cutting out alcohol all together is likely your safest bet if you’re wanting to live cleaner and healthier. The liver filters out toxins, as well as estrogen, from the body. As you may have read elsewhere, Endometriosis is an estrogen-fed and reliant disease. If our livers cannot properly filter out estrogen, we are simply empowering our illness. Alcohol is also high in sugar…and we’ve previously discussed how sugar may increase your Endometriosis pain and flare-ups. Studies have shown that alcohol may also increase estrogen levels due to phytoestrogens in alcohol…plant estrogens that mimic human estrogen (…wait…I didn’t know that. Crap.)
You’ve likely heard that Endometriosis can grow in all sorts of places inside the body. Well, the bladder and urinary tract are no exception. Endometriosis implants can grow on or inside the walls of the bladder or along the urethra.
Common symptoms patients may complain about with bladder Endo are frequently needing to pee, pain when the bladder is full, painful urination, and an urgent need to pee. Some also suffer from blood in their urine when they’re on their cycles (may be hard to distinguish…given the natural course of what a period does…). This urine-blood may not be perceptible to the naked eye and require a lab test. And as usual, many EndoWarriors only have these symptoms during their periods; others have them 24/7. It should also be noted that many with bladder Endo don’t present any symptoms.
A friend asked me to look up any connections between Endometriosis and Cesarean Sections. So, here we go. Lots of science in this one! Some studies show that less than 1% of women who undergo a cesarean section end up developing incisional Endometriosis (Endometriosis in or along the c-section scar). However, that tiny little 1% number has a staggering amount of studies involving a lot of women who suffer from this form of Endo.