How Wheat or Gluten Affects Periods

Wheat is fine for most people but a major problem for about one in ten. For women with gluten sensitivity, even a small amount can drive or worsen endometriosis, adenomyosis, migraines, thyroid disease, and some cases of amenorrhea.

The first step is to understand the difference between FODMAPs and gluten. FODMAPs are fermentable carbohydrates found in wheat and many other foods; they can cause digestive bloating. Gluten is a protein and it can cause inflammation and immune dysfunction.

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Immune Treatment for Endometriosis

endometriosisEndometriosis is not a hormonal condition. It’s affected by estrogen but is not caused by estrogen or “estrogen dominance.”

Instead, endometriosis is a whole-body inflammatory and immune disease, and possibly a microbial disease.

What does that mean for treatment?

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Irregular Periods? It Could Be Your Thyroid

Thyroid as a cause of irregular periods.If you came to me for help with irregular periods, I would think very carefully about your thyroid.

It wouldn’t matter if you already had another diagnosis such as PCOS or hypothalamic amenorrhea. It wouldn’t matter if your doctor had vaguely said at some point that your blood test was normal. I would still think about thyroid. Why? Because underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) is a common reason for irregular periods.

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Endometriosis Is an Autoimmune Disease

endometriosis is autoimmuneA change is coming for endometriosis treatment. Until now, the clinical approach has been surgery followed by hormonal suppression with the hormonal birth control or other drugs. Going forward, the approach will shift to anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating treatments. That’s because there is growing evidence that endometriosis is not primarily a hormonal condition. It is autoimmune.

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