Adenomyosis: Causes, Risks, & Natural Healing Options

Adenomyosis: Causes, Risks, & Natural Healing Options

What is Adenomyosis?

Adenomyosis is a rare condition in which the cells of the endometrium grow into the muscular walls of the uterus. Women may not have any outward symptoms this has happened to them, but it may become very painful. In most cases, adenomyosis is harmless and painless but, in some cases, it can cause painful, heavy or prolonged menstruation, and lead to difficulties in getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy.

The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK estimates that around 1 in 10 women have adenomyosis and that it is most common in women aged 40 to 50 who have had children. Despite little being known about this condition, there are natural healing options.

First, know your uterus…
In order to understand this condition better, it is important to know your uterus. The uterus is intended to be the home of your developing baby. It is one of the most amazing organs in the female body. It is about 7cm long, 5cm wide at the top and 2.5cm at the bottom. The uterus is made up of 3 layers. The perimetrium is the outermost layer of the uterus; in comparison to the other layers it is relatively thin. The myometrium is the middle layer. Within this myometrium are three layers of smooth muscle arranged in spiral, circular and longitudinal muscle patterns. The endometrium is the inner mucosal lining. It has two layers. The stratum functionale contains the excretory glands and is shed as menses during menstruation. It is then built-up again by stimulation of the ovaries releasing hormones. The deeper layer that resides next to the myometrium is vascular (vessels that carry fluids) and serves to regenerate the stratum functionale after each menstruation ends.

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What Causes Adenomyosis?

No one knows for sure what causes adenomyosis. Adenomyosis usually disappears after menopause. This may be because the uterus no longer produces the endometrium for a monthly menstrual cycle.

Adenomyosis shows up as large or small masses of endometrial cells (also known as implants) in the myometrium. Doctors have yet to understand why this happens, but there are several risk factors and theories as to why this may happen.

Adenomyosis is not endometriosis, but many women who have endometriosis may also have adenomyosis. Adenomyosis is similar to endometriosis in that when the displaced endometrial cells swell with blood as ovulation approaches in preparation for implantation, and then break down if pregnancy does not occur, the implants bleed and the blood becomes trapped inside of the body. With Adenomyosis this will happen in the muscular layers of the uterus where the implants are present.

Who is at Risk for Developing Adenomyosis?

  • Women in their childbearing years are more likely to develop adenomyosis.
  • Women over 30 years of age.
  • Women who have had previous cesarean section or other uterine surgery.

Theories as to What May Cause Adenomyosis

Invasive Foreign Tissue Growth
In the case of uterine surgery, it is thought that the incisions made during surgery promote direct invasion of the endometrial cells into muscular layers of the uterus (myometrium).

Uterine Inflammation from Childbirth
This theory suggests that postpartum uterine inflammation may cause a break in the boundary between the endometrium and the myometrium. This would allow for the endometrial cells to invade the myometrium.

Abnormal Uterine Development
Another theory suggests that when the uterus is developing in the female embryo, somehow the formation of the cells of the endometrium become deposited in the muscles of the uterus.

Symptoms of Adenomyosis

Note: Many women experience no symptoms even though they have adenomyosis.

  • Painful menstrual cycles known as dysmenorrhea, usually pain may increase over time.
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Heavy, clotty or long-term menstrual bleeding
  • Mid-cycle bleeding
  • A feeling of a mass in the uterus, or the feeling of an enlarged uterus

In the case of adenomyosis, the uterus may double or triple in size.


If you experience any of the above symptoms, it may be a good idea to make an appointment to see your doctor. A doctor can palpate your uterus to determine if there are any large masses or enlargement of the uterus. If adenomyosis is suspected, your doctor may request an ultrasound to determine if the masses are adenomyosis, uterine fibroids, or tumors.

Medical Treatment of Adenomyosis

Research exists on the benefits of the Levonorgestrel (LNg) IUD, Uterine Artery Embolisation (UAE) and high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) ablation therapy for curbing the symptoms of ademomyosis, without proving that these procedures promote or preserve fertility. Magnetic resonance imaging-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) “may be a promising alternative to hysterectomy for the patient with adenomyosis who wishes to preserve her uterus. A number of reports of successful treatment have been published that also show the feasibility of pregnancy following MRgFUS (Fertility and Sterility)”, according the Pelvic Pain Support Network.

With medical options avaiable, it is widely stated that it’s important to seek an experienced practitioner who has a high success rate, and even more importantly to understand how the procedure could impact your fertility and chances of conception moving forward if it is your wish our conceive.

Natural Treatment Options for Adenomyosis

Because researchers are unable to determine the cause of adenomyosis, there is no known way to prevent it or completely get rid of it. If the pain becomes severe or bleeding very heavy or long-term, doctors may suggest hysterectomy. There are natural ways to manage pain, reduce heavy menstrual bleeding, reduce foreign tissue growth and improve uterine health to aid in healing of adenomyosis.

Support A Healthy Uterus

Self Fertility Massage™
Self Fertility Massage™ may be one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways you can improve your uterine health, which is essential if you have adenomyosis. This massage can be done from the comfort and privacy of your own home. Self Fertility Massage™, created by Certified Massage Therapist Hethir Rodriguez, Founder and President of Natural Fertility, is a series of massage techniques that are used to help support reproductive health, the menstrual cycle, and your fertility.

This type of massage may help to support healing from adenomyosis, reducing pain and inflammation. It also aids in removal of old blood. Self Fertility Massage™ may also help to sustain the health of the muscles of the uterus, which are greatly impacted by the adenomyomas growing in the myometrium.

    Ways Self Fertility Massage™ Improves Uterine Health:
    * Increases circulation to the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes.
    * Promotes hormonal balance by strengthening the hormonal feedback loop.
    * Helps the uterus to rid itself of old stagnant blood and tissues.
    * Helps to reposition a tilted uterus.
    * Increases endorphins which help reduce pain associated with uterine issues.
    * Brings fresh oxygenated blood to the uterus.
    * Aids the uterus in getting rid of blood clots.
    * Helps to strengthen the uterine muscles.

Castor Oil Packs
A Castor Oil Pack is a cloth soaked in castor oil which is placed on the skin to enhance circulation and promote healing of the tissues and organs underneath the skin. Castor Oil stimulates regular detoxification of old blood. Castor oil helps to reduce inflammation and pain, while working with the body’s natural detoxification systems to eat away foreign tissue growth, scar tissues and adhesion formation. This therapy is complementary to Self Fertility Massage™.

Systemic Enzyme Therapy
This type of therapy works to eat away foreign tissue growth which may help to eat away adenomyomas, while reducing the pain and inflammation caused by adenomyosis. Systemic enzyme therapy uses systemic enzymes that work to reduce pain, inflammation, and prevent scar tissue damage.

Key benefits:

  • The systemic enzyme blend works as a biological response modifier; working with the body’s own immune defense system to moderate inflammatory response.
  • They support cleansing of the tissues, promote better circulation.
  • They break down and remove “fibrin”, the make-up of prolonged inflammation and scar tissue/adhesion formation.
  • They break down the proteins in the blood that cause inflammation; this facilitates their removal via the lymphatic and circulatory system.
  • Reduction in inflammation, increase in proper blood formation, increase in proper circulation hinders scar tissue and adhesion formation, while reducing pain.

Reduce Heavy, Long-term, Clotty Menstrual Bleeding

Slow Flow
For women who experience heavy menstrual bleeding, large blood clotting or long-term menstrual bleeding, the herbal blend Slow Flow may be a good option. This blend combines astringent herbs, uterine tonics and nutrients to support normal menstrual flow. It combines these herbs: Ginger root, Cranesbill root, Periwinkle herb, Yarrow flower, Liferoot herb, Shepherd’s purse herb.

Slow Flow should only be used to manage heavy bleeding; therefore, it should only be taken on heavy bleeding days.

Manage Pain from Adenomyosis Naturally

Women’s Best Friend™
This herbal blend combines powerful herbs that work to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding, curb pain, tone the uterus, reduce abdominal congestion, regulate the menstrual cycle, fight infection, stimulate liver activity for improved estrogen metabolism, and work to balance progesterone. This blend includes seaweed, for thyroid support. Women’s Best Friend™ also contains Protease, an enzyme that works to dissolve excess foreign tissues, like those that make up adenomyosis, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, scar tissue and adhesion. This herbal blend reduces pain and swelling right away, so you begin to feel better right away.

Anti-Adenomyosis Tincture
The following recipe comes from Herbalist Susun S. Weed’s protocol for managing adenomyosis.

1 oz. Licorice rt. (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
1 oz. Partridge berry leaf (Mitchella repens)
1 oz. Blue Cohosh rt. (Caulophylum thalictroides)
1 oz. Geranium rt. (Geranium spp.)
40 drops Cotton rt. bark (Gossypium)

Combine all tinctures together. Mix well. Suggested dosage: 1 dropperful, 2 times a day.

It would be best to find an herbalist or naturopathic doctor in your area to suggest or make a similar blend for adenomyosis if you are interested in an herbal protocol for your healing program.


Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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    Will bioidentical progesterone cream help lessen or reverse adenomyosis?

    • Hello!

      I have heard of others being put on progesterone to help with symptoms that can often accompany adenomyosis or to suppress menstruation. This would really be something to work with your medical or natural healthcare provider on doing however. They are best able to guide you in dosing as well as monitor you throughout the program.

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      Thanks. It sounds like you can treat the symptoms but there’s no way to “cure” adenomyosis? So women with this condition probably can’t conceive, correct?

    • Dear Gigi,

      I can not know for certain, as each woman’s case is different.

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    Hi, I have been diagnosed with focal ademomyosis via MRI. For 2 years I have had severe extremely pain for first 3 days of period, constantly look pregnant, heavy bleeding, large and small clots a plenty… I started taking a high dose serrapeptase 4 months ago. Since then I had the first pain free period in 2 years, then missed 2 periods, then had a very light one with old blood, followed the week after by heavy bleeding with no small clots but many very large ones (bigger than before). My questions are… I thought systemic enzymes dissolved clots, so why are they even bigger than before? Are the clots a good or bad sign? Any help or comments gratefully received. Thank you.

    • Dear Pam,

      It is so great that the pain is gone and things seem to be shifting for you! This is a sign the body is listening and trying!

      As you know, adenomyosis is when endometrial tissue grows within the muscles of the uterine walls resulting in heavy menstrual blood flow and prolonged bleeding. This along with there potentially being poor uterine tone can result in passing period clots during menstruation. Blood that is retained or pools is likely to clot. The issue can be exacerbated if one goes through periods of time where they are more sedentary than normal, has hormonal imbalance as well.

      For some women, period blood clots may be inconsistent and come one cycle, but not the next, or for several and then not show up again. This can be due to hormone fluctuations, diet, or lifestyle changes, all of which may affect uterine lining thickness. When there is a variation in the thickness of the uterine lining from cycle to cycle, the amount of menstrual blood can change as well, causing the formation of clots.

      While systemic enzymes are very useful in helping the body reduce and dissolve tissue build up within the uterus, the body may need more support than is what enzymes offer alone, and further they take consistent use and time to be as effective as they can be, and are not to be used during heavy menstrual bleeding days.

      So, it’s important to also be eating really well and to include iron-rich foods in the diet. Stay hydrated too! Consider learning about Red Raspberry leaf and perhaps the other natural healing options shared in this very guide.

      My best!

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    Hi there,
    I was diagnosed with Adenomyosis back in March after having an MRI. Im being refereed to a gyno this week to see about having a hysterectomy, however I would like to stay away from that option. I havent tried any other forms of treatment. I have an IUD as I am unable to take birth control pills because of other health issues (migraines), and an IUD has been my only option. I dont have any heavy bleeding, rather jsut spotting once a month. However the pain is becoming almost unbearable at times. Sneezing or coughing almost make me sick to my stomach, and it constantly feels/looks like Im around 4 months pregnant. Is there anything natural remedy’s you would recommend?

    • Dear Tara,

      I am so sorry! Because you have an IUD and have these symptoms, it is going to be best for you to find a naturopath to work one on one with and perhaps a Fertility Consultation. Could the symptoms be in part caused by the IUD? If you are wanting to use natural therapies and eventually wishing to conceive, it is likely that it will be suggested that it be removed and something like natural family planning be learned to prevent pregnancy until you are ready to conceive.

      The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians is a place to search for naturopaths near you.

      My very best!

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    Dear Elizabeth, I am 48 years old and have adenomyosis. I have two children and am not planning for any more. I am having heavy bleeding that is very difficult to stop. The bleeding responds well to norethindrone (mini pills), but in higher doses. I just started acupuncture and Chinese medicine, which seems to slowly be helping. Should I have my hormone levels measured? If so, which hormones should I ask to be measured? Can you recommend anything to stop the bleeding?

    Thank you,

    • Dear Anne,

      Hi! I would allow Acupuncture and Chinese herbs the time to be as effective as they can be; the length of time your practitioner suggests continuing the program before testing or changing the program. Be sure you are getting enough iron, vitamins C and K as well (diet is a great way to do this). It is great you have begun to see help from these natural therapies! Trust them!

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    Dear Elizabeth
    Hope this email finds you well.
    I had a first operation in six years back over fibroids and last year its when i had a second operation over fibroid again while im healing i was discovered having adenomyosis which has completely change my life in away that i have much depressions because most of the hospital im told, i have to do hysteroctomy where by i dont have a child yet and im33 years now.

    At the moment my womb has increased in size and has led to my left feet to swell because of the swelling womb.

    Im in Tanzania on East Africa side..if you have any input kindly share..thanks.


    • Dear Caroline,

      I am very sorry to hear this!

      The tips in this guide seem worth learning more about and considering given what I know. If you are still unsure of where to begin, or how to proceed, please consider working one on one with our fertility herbalist who can lay out an entire natural fertility program for you based on your specific fertility health needs. This is offered through a Fertility Consultation about which you can learn more here…

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    Hi, I am 40 years old and I was diagnosed with PCO’s about 8 years ago and last year I was told that I also have adenomyosis. I have gotten pregnant 3 times and the 3 times I miscarried. The first 2 times I miscarried I had D &C’s and the last miscarriage was about a week ago and it happen naturally. My doctor has advice that he will like perform a hysterectomy and give my uterus a break for 3 months and then try IVF. I am very scared to try this and would like to know if there is anything I can do to help my uterus and my egg health before I try any surgery. Thank you

    • Dear Ivonne,

      I am very sorry for all you have been through!

      Do you still have PCOS? Did you mean a hysteroscopy (rather than hysterectomy)? This is a procedure where a thin, lighted scope is inserted into the vagina to examine the cervix and then into the uterus to evaluate the health of these organs. It’s typically not painful. Hysterectomy, which is what you typed in your comment is complete removal of the uterus (and sometimes ovaries). I venture a guess that he meant hysteroscopy if he’s suggesting IVF (one needs a uterus to have that procedure).

      The tips in this very guide could be considered as you take that three-month break. In fact, they may be helpful as you prepare for IVF should you choose that route.

      Our free Egg Health Checklist may be helpful as well during this time.

      I hope this is helpful!

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    I was diagnosed with adenomyosis in February of this year and suspected endometriosis. They said that it may be difficult to conceive but managed to in 2 cycles but sadly miscarried after 5 weeks. This being my 4th pregnancy, 2 miscarriages and 1 ectopic in 1999. It makes me wonder if I have had this condition all along as my periods have always been heavy and painful since I started having them when I was 11 years old. I currently take prenatal, maca and vitex along with epo and vit D, I have also started self fertility massage and castor oil packs, how often should I be doing both of these?
    Thanks in advance for any hints and tips.

    • Dear Gerry,

      I am sorry to hear of all you have been through!

      For best results apply the Self Fertility Massage techniques on a daily basis except when you are menstruating, or after ovulation if you are currently trying to conceive. If you are currently not trying to conceive and are preparing, you can do the massage daily except during your period.

      Castor Oil Therapy can be used 3-4 times a week, many like to use this natural therapy every other day. The rules above for Self Fertility Massage apply to its use as well.

      Consider also learning about the 5 Steps to Reversing Endometriosis Infertility. I think you will find those helpful as well!

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    Hi. Was recently diagnosed with severe adenomyosis and was put on progesterone bcp’s for a few months. Amazing how my severe cramping and heavy bleeding were soon resolved after taking the pills. Of course, don’t want to be on them forever because I hope to have a child one day. I’m 42 and been TTC for over 6 years. Have had issues in the past with low progesterone with multiple IVF cycles and needed progesterone supplementation. Since I just came off the bcp’s, should I wait to have my progesterone level checked? How’s the progesterone bcp’s difference from the progesterone cream? One prevents pregnancy and the other one helps you achieve pregnancy, respectively. I don’t understand!

    • Dear Sonja,

      To share a few big differences…
      – Progesterone birth control pills are made from synthetic ingredients and may contain progesterone (and possibly other ingredients) in amounts that work as birth control, to stop ovulation. They are also suggested to be used prior to ovulation and when progesterone is used before ovulation, it is known to stop ovulation.
      – Natural progesterone creams are made from natural ingredients (synthesized from soy and/or wild yam), often contain lower levels of progesterone and are suggested to be used from the day after ovulation until menstruation to promote healthy progesterone levels. It is during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, after ovulation when the corpus luteum (egg sac that remains after ovulation) produces progesterone at levels necessary to support implantation and pregnancy.

      It would be best to ask your healthcare provider’s thoughts about when to test progesterone levels now that you have stopped bcp. I am not familiar with details of the bcp you took and how quickly it is thought to be metabolized or processed through the body after stopping its use. It may very well be suggested to wait to test.

      I hope this is helpful!

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    Hello I am 33 recently diagnosis with Adenomyosis I was told I would still be able to conceive it would just be harder I did conceive but recently miscarried at 4 weeks. I have a few of the symptoms of Adeno but not all of them I have painful periods however they are not heavy I don’t bleed no more then 1.5 days 1 day of blood the next of brown blood my cycles were 4-5 days prior to IUD insertion 2.5 years ago after child birth (Copper) but I had it removed in Sept last year due to painful cramps I would like to know which route to take to help my body cure this naturally I would like to conceive another baby

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    Hi, I’m nearly 21 and I have been having severe pains in my pelvis. On top of that I have prolonged or irregular periods and they are heavy as well, they have been affecting since my teens but since 18 they have gotten worse. I have been suspected appendicitis twice but this was not the case; I’ve had a laparoscopy procedure in February but nothing came up, this has been annoying me so much it’s putting pressure on my daily life and my current relationship. Anyone have any advice would be much appreciated, thank you

    Kind Regards

    • Dear Shantelle,

      I am sorry to hear you are going through this!

      It may help to journal or track when the pain begins and ends each time it happens, the exact location you feel the pain, if it’s associated with eating any specific foods, when bowel movements happen in relation to the pain (or if they don’t). Think about if pain is structural, meaning bone or nerve pain, or organ pain (like menstrual cramps, ovulation pain, etc.). Have you been evaluated for fibromyalgia, STIs or STDs? What did they look for during the laparoscopy? What about kidney stones? Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, or a ruptured ovarian cyst can both cause pain in the abdomen as well.

      Our guides Do You Have Heavy Menstrual Bleeding? What You Can Do About It… and 12 Weeks to Improving Your Period may both be helpful in learning tips for normalizing menstruation.

      Consider also learning more about Systemic Enzyme Therapy.

      I hope this is helpful!

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    Hello , I am writing from Australia. I am 43, have one 7 year old daughter ( pregnant first time trying & perfect pregnancy) but last year was diagnosed with adenomyosis. I have the Mirena which has caused weight gain & total loss of periods. I would rather try dealing with it a more ‘natural’ way. Do you have any associate clinics in Australia? Can your supplements be used even if I still have the Mirena inserted or are they counter productive?

    • Dear Liz,

      Thank you for reaching out to us!

      We are an internet-based company and do not have clinics. We can not suggest the natural treatment options for adenomyosis listed in this article with the Mirena IUD still in place. They could be considered should it be removed.

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    Hi good day! I’m 30 yrs old and I have adenomyosis. I also have a new growth on my left ovary probably endometriosis cyst, I learned a result of my ultrasound. I still don’t have a child, but I want to conceive. Just last week I learned these findings of my doctor about my health. Is their any treatment you can give for me about this?

    • Dear Raylen,

      I am sorry for your struggles and challenges!

      This article offers natural healing options to consider and it may help to also learn more about endometriosis – how to support the body’s natural ability to remove excess estrogen from the body, in maintaining its natural inflammatory response, providing it relief from occasional discomfort in the reproductive system and encouraging normal circulation, helping to bring fresh blood and oxygen to the reproductive system via this article.

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    Hi! I’m 44 and was diagnosed with adenomyosis 3 months ago and had D&C as I was bleeding profusely for almost 3 weeks. Now I am bleeding again. My doctor advised me to undergo hysterectomy which I turned down since I’m trying to conceive. I’ve never had any children.
    Could you recommend any pill that I can take to get rid of adenomyosis?

    Thanks xxxxx!

    • Dear Gerah,

      Is this bleeding different than a “normal” period? I suspect so, but must ask. Take time to revisit the Natural Healing Options for Adenomyosis discussed in this very article. There are natural options for reducing heavy bleeding, supporting the body in managing inflammation and for nourishing the uterus.

      If you are still unsure of what to try for your needs, please consider working one on one with our fertility herbalist who can lay out an entire natural fertility program for you through a Fertility Consultation.

      All my best!

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    Hi, I was diagnosed with Adenomyosis Aug 2014. I am 38 next month and now waiting for the ablation. I have 2 children and do not wish to have anymore. I asked the consultant about a hysterectomy but was told the hospital board would take a dim view of it if I hadn’t tried other things. I don’t want to take the pill, I took it briefly but had sore breasts and bled badly, not to mention acne. I experience painful intercourse. I have started taking Vitex, what else can I take for the awful pain?

    • Hello Beth!

      Thank you for reaching out to us and I am sorry for what you are going through!

      Consider taking time to revisit the Natural Treatment Options for Adenomyosis in this article for other suggestions of natural therapies and nutritional supplements to consider. If may be most helpful to consider working one on one with our fertility herbalist who can lay out an entire natural fertility program (even in not intending to conceive again) for you based on your specific fertility health needs. This if offered through a Fertility Consultation.

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      To any ladies who are thinking about an ablation as an answer for adenomyosis… please do some research about this as many articles say it is contraindicated for adenomyosis. I had an ablation, but the prior ultrasound had shown a normal uterus (with a thick endometrium). When the endometrium was burned and scarred, closed with the ablation, the remaining cells grew into the myometrium creating adenomyosis with nowhere for the blood to drain since it is trapped by scar tissue (new ultrasound). This has caused a new problem of ^ pain with no release.

      Had I known what could happen, I would not have chosen the procedure and rather gone with the mirena which has been shown to calm adenomyosis down.

    • Dear Mel,

      I am sorry your experience has led to additional challenges!

      It may be worth considering the Natural Treatment Options for Adenomyosis outlined in this very article. I hope you find them helpful!

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    I have been diagnosed with Adenomyosis & Endometriosis (both mild) I had a laparoscopy and hysteroscopy in March 2015 and had endo removed from ovaries and PoD. The surgeon noted ‘obvious signs of Adenomyosis’, which was identified because of a bulky uterus. Since them, my periods have remained quite painful. I have been trying to conceive via IUI and I have noticed that on each failed attempt my period symptoms are far more severe (blood clots, extreme pain and heavy bleeding which only lasts 1-2 days) I am concerned I am having an auto immune response because of the Adenomyosis. My clinic are keen for me to continue trying before testing for this. Please can you provide any advice?

    • Dear Emma,

      We understand the value of surgical removal of endometriosis for many, but we also know that surgery does not address the underlying cause of its growth. We feel it important to consider the ways to naturally support the body in managing potential regrowth and learning hormonal balance. The article The Best Natural Alternative Therapies for Endometriosis is a comprehensive guide to consider reviewing to learn how to offer the body the aforementioned support and more.

      Some of what you have read in this article may be reiterated in the articles in the guide I just linked you to as well. Consider also learning more about Systemic Enzyme Therapy.

      Pain and heavy bleeding from either of these fertility health issues does not automatically make me this autoimmunity, but if concerned there are reproductive immunologist who specialize in determining if immunoloigal infertility might be a concern for those they work with. Your doctor may be able to refer you to this type of specialist.

      All my best!

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    Hey, I had a D&C in Nov. of 2014 and was diagnosed with Adenomyosis in Dec. of 2014. I’m only 20 years old and it’s starting to get really out of hand. Extremely painful periods and most months I have two periods. My gyno recommeded going on an anti-estrogen hormone to treat it. He’s trying to make it where I can wait as long as a need to for the hysterectomy (which apparently is the only treatment available.) I have been think of going for a second opinion before I start any treatment. What is your opinion?

    • Dear Taylor,

      It is my personal opinion that if you are not comfortable with the first opinion, a second is certainly warranted. Having a hysterectomy removes your chances of every carrying a child as I am certain you realize.

      While the tips in this article could be considered, it may be most helpful to work one on one with someone, a fertility herbalist, to help and guide you on the best natural fertility health program for your needs. This if offered through a Fertility Consultation. I hope you will consider!

      All my best to you!

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    Hello. I was diagnosed with adenomyosis late last year but I think it is a condition I had for a while given the heavy/painful periods. My worry is that I’m 29 and would love to have my own babies. Will your products help? Also is there like a dietary/exercise plan you can share.
    There is no joy like motherhood. Thank you.

    I’m from Nairobi, Kenya

    • Dear LuLu,

      I am sorry you have been faced with this challenge, but glad you are being so proactive by educating yourself on how to best support your fertility health.

      In addition to the herbs and natural therapies discussed in this article, we feel following a Fertility Diet is the most beneficial to a reproductive health plan. Learn more about exercise, one of the Top 5 Tips for Your Natural Fertility Plan by clicking that link.

      I hope this information is helpful as well!

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    Is the Dr. Tori Hudson. Anti-Adenomyosis Tincture something you ingest?

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    Hi! I am 40 years old have three old lad. I have been trying for the last 2 and a half year to conceive until recently I have been diagnosed with Adenomyosis. Is there any hope for me to get pregnant with another child? I would really appreciate your input and advice.

    • Dear Rabia,

      We never want a woman to lose hope! Consider revisiting the natural healing options for adenomyosis in this article as you learn more about this condition and possibly working one on one with our fertility herbalist through a Fertility Consultation. Through this experience, she can evaluate your overall and fertility health, diet and lifestyle to create a concise program from your fertility health needs.

      I hope you will consider this invaluable experience.

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    Hi! Thank you for your very informative site! I was diagnosed with mild adenomyosis after completing a treatment for endometrial cyst which was already dissolved. What should I do so that my mild adenomyosis won’t advance? I was wondering if you can ship products in the Philippines? Thank you…

    • Dear Janice,

      The Natural Treatment Options for Adenomyosis discussed in this article certainly can be considered. The Natural Fertility Shop does ship to the Philippines. Contact customer care for help with ordering if needed.

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      Hi Janice! I was also diagnosed of adenomyosis just last month. I was looking for natural ways to prevent this disease from spreading. I really don’t like hormones and planning to try Slow Flow. Were you able to purchase any products yet?

      From Baguio City

    • Dear Shellamie,

      The guidance offered in this article may be worth considering. There are a variety of natural therapies that may be supportive of a healthy uterine environment.

      I also should share that Janice may not see your email to her. She would have to re-read the comments on this article to see it. She will not receive an email directly.

      Know that we offer one on one personalized guidance through a Fertility Consultation if you would like help in learning the best natural fertility program for your needs. This may be the most helpful as you work to naturally support the body.

      All my best!

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    What are the chances of my getting pregnant with adenomyosis and delivering a baby? Can your therapy help? If so, how do I order?

    • Dear Ngosi,

      I am thankful you found this article because it is filled with what we feel is the most important information about and suggestions for naturally supporting a healthy uterine lining and environment.

      I don’t have a black and white answer to your question. There are many beyond the severity to which you suffer from andeomyosis, like how well your body responds to the support it is offered, how well you stick to your program, your diet and lifestyle, as well as the severity of the underlying cause of this fertility issue for you. This all being said, the suggestions here are certainly worth considering.

      Please contact customer care for assistance with ordering.

      In health ~ Elizabeth

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    Actually this condition cannot be discovered through ultrasound or pelvic exam. A hysteroscope is required to look at the actual tissue in the uterus, and a sample of the tissue should be examined. A mass of endometrial tissue looks just like a fibroid via ultrasound, and until the mass is cut in to, a doctor can’t tell which it is. I’ve just gone through a surgery by a very reputable doctor (hours from me in another state) for a fibroid removal, and it was confirmed I have adenomyosis. He was 70% sure prior to the surgery. Two other doctors I saw in my own state never mentioned adenomyosis. The ‘fibroid’ turned out to just be a mass of endo. tissue as this article mentions.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Ann,

      Thank you for sharing her experience. We will take a look at updating the information in the article, as this was written a couple of years ago.

      Take care!

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    I am 44 years old and have been diagnosed with adenomyosis in my mid thirties. I never had children; had early menarche (10 years old); have had hormonal imbalance at 15, and the list goes on. A few years ago, I tried Estroven regular strength for almost a year and my “regular” symptoms disappeared – with the exception of painful intercourse. This was 6 years ago. My cycle has been on and off since. This month, the cramps are back, not as severe as before, but it’s back. Can the fertility massage and castor pack be beneficial for me and prevent painful intercourse? I am planning on going back to taking Estroven too. I’m not TTC.

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    How do you know if you have this or not? What kind of testing is there for this? I’m having several different things going on with me and I just know my body is changing and I cant put it into words but if I wanted to be tested for something like this how would I go about it? Or is there an alternative?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Heather!

      A doctor can examine your uterus in a physical exam to feel for any large masses, or determine if there is enlargement of the uterus. If adenomyosis is suspected, your doctor may request an ultrasound to determine if the masses are adenomyosis, uterine fibroids, or tumors.

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    For someone in Kenya, how can the herbal blend be accessed by those who would like to use it?

  26. Update 2014 – We are back! We have been away for a while and we sure have missed all of your wonderful questions and thoughts on our articles. Moving forward, one of our staff herbalists will be here to respond to comments! We look forward to connecting with our readers once again!

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    Dear Dalene,
    I want to thank you for your response and for sending this article and for the recommendations. Unfortunately Getting a health care provider to help in my part of the country is difficult. I tried a couple in the Pst and they all failed me. Rather my condition grew worse as a result of taking the herbs they recommended. I so afraid to try again.
    I am hoping that we keep this channel of communication open so you can assist me whenever I need help and advise.
    Once again thanks and may God continue to use you to give hope to people.


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    I have been trying to conceive for about 2 years now. I have been unsuccessful due to a bad case of Adenomyosis. I have managed to get my bleeding down to 5-7 days. Day 2-4 is the worst with pain and heavy clotting. At this point it is so bad I am not able to get a pelvic exam using the clamps to insert. My uterus has gotten so heavy it is pushing my cervix down. I do not have pain with sex, but I do feel the change and the heaviness in just the past few months. I am considering ordering order the castor oil pack and the enzymes. I am still hopeful that I do not have to get a hysterectomy. My doctor could barely see both of my ovaries. She said at this point I may not be able to have a baby at all. Is there any chance of saving my uterus at this point in your opinion?

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    I have been following your programs is very educative what can use to reduce the inflammation in side my vagina on the cervix. fluid comes out from my breast and I am not pregnant

    • Breast milk in the absence of pregnancy, is commonly associated with hyperprolactinemia (elevated prolactin hormone levels). Speak with your doctor regarding this.