As with many health conditions, there are potentially ways to prevent or delay the disease through healthy lifestyle choices. Endometriosis usually affects cisgender women as young adults, so starting healthy habits early on may help.
How can I prevent endometriosis naturally?
While there is no definitive way to prevent endometriosis, there are ways to potentially delay or reduce your chances of developing the condition. For example, since estrogen thickens the lining of your uterus during your menstrual cycle, there are ways to decrease your estrogen levels.
Below are some ways to lower estrogen levels.
Consider exercising at least 4 hours a week to help either decrease or maintain a low percentage body fat.
Avoid large amounts of alcohol as it can raise estrogen levels.
Studies show consuming more than one caffeinated drink a day can raise estrogen levels.
Hormonal Birth Control Methods
Discuss with your doctor birth control pills, patches, or rings with lower doses of estrogen.
What Foods to Avoid If You Have Endometriosis
While avoidance of no one food will help every single person who has endometriosis, there are foods known to influence hormone regulation and promote inflammation, both of which may worsen the disorder.
These foods and beverages include:
- Saturated and trans fat (commonly found in red meat, fried foods, processed foods)