Endometriosis is not only a common cause of dysmenorrhea (painful periods) but may also contribute to complications with fertility. Caused by improper implantation of endometrial cells into surrounding tissues (such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries and other pelvic structures), endometriosis often presents with pelvic pain that can occur with menses, sexual intercouse and bowel movements.


While some women with endometriosis present with little to no symptoms, others can suffer from excruciating pain. A diagnosis of endometriosis can be challenging, as there are a number of other conditions with similar symptoms and patients may present with one or a few of these symptoms. Typically, laparoscopic examination and removal of tissue is a method of Western diagnosis, combined with clinical signs and symptoms.

Endometriosis Signs and Symptoms
  • Pelvic Pain (often associated with onset of menses)
  • Dyspareunia (pain with sexual intercourse)
  • Lower back pain (this may radiate to the front of the thigh)
  • Pain with defecation and urination (pain may occur deep in the lower abdomen while having a bowel movement or emptying the bladder)
  • Heavy or irregular menses: bleeding may be heavier, last longer or occur in between the normal menses cycle.

How does Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine address Endometriosis 

In Chinese Medicine, we may look at endometriosis from a couple of different perspectives, relative to the predominant signs and symptoms. At Poke Acupuncture, we often see women who have a “suspected” endometriosis diagnosis, and present with painful periods or intercourse, or heavy periods. Each individual case is addressed based on the predominant symptoms and a course of acupuncture (and often Chinese herbal therapy) is recommended.

Endometriosis Assessment

At your first visit a detailed menstrual, health and lifestyle history will be conducted. A treatment plan will then be designed and implemented utilising natural medical interventions such as: acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. 

For more information about how we can help contact us

Ryan Samuels
Doctor of Chinese Medicine 
Registered Acupuncturist & Herbalist 





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