By Sara Lopez
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Sara reduced severe adenomyosis pain and bleeding by using natural remedies to balance her hormones, reduce stress levels, and heal adrenal issues. She now supports other women on their own journey to balanced hormones and better periods. Check out her story below…
When did you first started getting pain or symptoms, or realise something wasn’t right?
I was 32 when I began having heavy bleeding and severe pelvic pain, and I had no idea I was very anaemic until I got a routine blood test from my doctor. I had such severe pelvic pain that I passed out a few times for a few seconds. Luckily my wife was there to catch me.
When (if ever) were you officially diagnosed and what was your diagnosis?
I was diagnosed with adenomyosis 5 years ago; I never wanted to have a laparoscopy though when I went through IVF cycles the specialist wrote “endometriosis and adhesions” under my diagnosis.
Adenomyosis is when the endometrial layer of your uterus grows into the myometrium, the muscular layer of your uterus. Medicine says the only “cure” for adeno is a hysterectomy. I believe adeno is a whole body condition and whole body balancing is needed for gut and immune health.
How and when did you first come across natural remedies?
My mother came to the US from Latvia when she was a girl. Organic gardening and herbalism was part of her heritage and she taught me about using herbs when I was little, so I came across natural remedies very young.
What remedies or lifestyle changes have helped you, and how have they helped?
The biggest change that has helped me was switching my mindset from, “I’ve tried every supplement and remedy and they didn’t work” to asking, “What is at the bottom of my hormone imbalance?”. I realized chronic stress had caused adrenal dysfunction and I needed to say no more, to prioritize my health. Adrenal issues were at the bottom of my period pain and bleeding.
What advice would you give to your younger self, knowing what you know now?
I love this question! If I had to give advice to my younger self, I would say to be proud of who you are. You are a goddess. I grew up in a very Catholic small town and two girls were suspended for holding hands in the hallway in my high school, so I felt I had to hide who I was. I did not come out as a lesbian until I was 29!
If you had to choose 3 things, what would you list as the most helpful for you?
The three things that have been most helpful for me are learning to say no, biofield tuning (sound healing with tuning forks), and neurofeedback (brain training to reduce anxiety).
Are there any resources you’d recommend to others on the same journey?
I recommend adenomyosis researcher and author Maria Yeager’s books on adenomyosis, available on Amazon. I am working on a symptom checker for adenomyosis, to encourage women to go to a specialist when they believe they may have adeno symptoms to get a proper diagnosis.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I would like to add, recent clinical studies have shown that 78% of women with endometriosis also have adenomyosis. Adenomyosis is under diagnosed and many people have never heard of it. It is extremely difficult to diagnose, and most often, doctors find it after a hysterectomy. We need to raise awareness!