They report that the extreme pain they experienced with menstrual cycles has returned to a normal level of discomfort.
Modern medical management of endometriosis is awful, typically a combination of pain medication and surgeries to remove some of the misplaced endometrial tissue and to relieve adhesions. I’ve seen women go through a dozen such surgeries that yield only temporary relief. I even met a woman recently whose doctor asked her to schedule her annual surgery one year ahead of time every year. A new hormone-blocking drug called Orlissa, FDA approved in mid-2018, is now available, but is hardly a happy solution as it is plagued with side-effects such as osteoporosis, suicidal thoughts and depression, and potential for liver damage, not to mention an obscene $10,000 per year price tag. Consistent with most other conventional medical “solutions,” no effort is made to identify and correct the cause.
Even though the study is weakened by its lack of a control group, the high percentage of women experiencing partial or total relief is impressive.
Could disrupted vaginal/genitourinary and/or bowel flora play a role? The science is rapidly heading in that direction with comparisons of vaginal, cervical, and intestinal flora in women with endometriosis vs. women without endometriosis showing substantial differences. The differences in bowel flora are, by the way, suggestive of SIBO, though studies to map out the intestinal location of these dysbiotic species have not yet been performed.