Nonsurgical Treatments for Adenomyosis
While adenomyosis can only be treated with a minimally invasive hysterectomy, its symptoms can sometimes be temporarily managed using nonsurgical methods. These methods may include pain management, acupuncture, pelvic floor physical therapy, nutritional counseling, psychotherapy and physical training.
The CIGC Wellness Center offers these alternative treatments as a complement to CIGC’s minimally invasive surgical procedures. For women with adenomyosis who are not yet finished with childbearing, a holistic treatment plan from the Wellness Center may be effective in helping them to manage their symptoms until they are ready to undergo surgery.
Award-winning laparoscopic specialist Dr. Natalya Danilyants, CIGC co-founder, calls on her more than two decades of gynecological expertise to lead The CIGC Wellness Center. After a thorough evaluation of your particular case, she will recommend a treatment plan that is customized to your individual needs.
Treating Adenomyosis Without Surgery
Adenomyosis cannot be fully treated without surgery. However, mild symptoms may be temporarily managed with some nonsurgical options. Because the condition gets worse over time, surgery will likely become necessary.
Adenomyosis causes thickening of the uterine wall that ultimately leads to an enlarged uterus. As the condition progresses, symptoms like heavy bleeding can become life-threatening. When a patient reaches this point, nonsurgical management methods will be ineffective. In all cases of adenomyosis, it’s best to be evaluated by a specialist to determine when surgery will be needed.
For adenomyosis patients who wish to become pregnant, surgery can be postponed and symptoms can be managed as long as the condition is mild. CIGC has specialists who are experts in nonsurgical management for adenomyosis. These care providers are highly skilled in treating adenomyosis patients who wish to learn how to manage their symptoms in order to retain fertility options for as long as possible.
Physical therapy is often the first line of nonsurgical treatment for conditions like endometriosis. Pelvic floor physical therapy incorporates soft tissue stretching, relaxation exercises, biofeedback and other techniques. Other types of physical therapy for endometriosis include:
- Pelvis massage therapy – a way to break up scar tissue that limits range of motion
- Acupuncture – a safe method for alleviating anxiety and reducing pelvic pain
- Heat therapy – heat can help increase circulation and relax cramped muscles
Because adenomyosis can cause near-constant pain, learning how to manage that pain can go a long way toward managing the condition overall. Pain management specialists at CIGC’s Wellness Center are committed to non-opioid medication management to help patients find relief from chronic pain. A treatment plan focused on pain management may include techniques like trigger-point injections, which can ease pain in the pelvis and lower back.
In some cases, certain medications may help to alleviate pain caused by adenomyosis. Some commonly prescribed medications include:
- Birth control pills
- Mirena IUD (intrauterine device)
These hormonal suppression medications are not always effective, but they may help relieve painful symptoms in mild cases of adenomyosis.
Diet and Supplements
When researching nonsurgical management methods for adenomyosis, you may find nutrition and diet plans that claim to cure the condition. Due to the large amount of false information out there, it’s important to discuss evidence-backed treatment plans with your doctor. At The CIGC Wellness Center, our nutritionists will work with you to develop a personalized nutrition plan that is customized to your individual case. A sample nutrition plan for adenomyosis may include:
- Anti-inflammatory foods: Foods like green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, olive oil, fatty fish, fruits and certain types of nuts are the pillars of an anti-inflammatory diet.
- Anti-inflammatory supplements: Certain supplements (such as turmeric, fish oil and ginger) have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Reducing inflammation in the body through diet and supplements may have a positive effect on pain and cramping.
- Hormone-regulating supplements: Supplements like biotin, Diindolylmethane (DIM) and some herbal supplements are thought to regulate hormone levels in the body. Lowering elevated levels of estrogen can help to reduce adenomyosis symptoms.
For women with mild cases of adenomyosis, these diets and supplements may help to alleviate some symptoms. But it’s important to find the right combination of ingredients and vitamins for the best chance of symptom relief. A holistic treatment plan developed by an adenomyosis specialist can set you on the most effective path.
Frequently Asked Questions About Nonsurgical Adenomyosis Treatment
Does adenomyosis make it hard to get pregnant?
Adenomyosis can make it more difficult to become pregnant, but conceiving a baby is possible if the condition is mild and well managed. In many cases, adenomyosis may cause infertility and increase the chance of a pregnancy loss or miscarriage.
Can adenomyosis go away on its own?
It is likely that adenomyosis will go away on its own once you reach menopause, but this is not the case for everyone. It’s important to keep your doctor informed about the severity of the symptoms you are experiencing even if you are close to menopause. If symptoms are causing severe problems or becoming life-threatening, your doctor may recommend more immediate treatment.
Does exercise make adenomyosis worse?
Intense exercise may aggravate an already inflamed and cramping uterus. But regular exercise also reduces elevated levels of estrogen, which can improve symptoms of adenomyosis. Exercise that incorporates a lot of stretching, such as yoga and Pilates, may help relieve cramping in the pelvis and lower back. For best results, talk to an adenomyosis specialist about developing a customized exercise regimen that works for you.
Can I get rid of adenomyosis naturally?
Adenomyosis cannot be cured naturally. The definitive treatment for adenomyosis is a hysterectomy. CIGC’s DualPortGYN technique for a minimally invasive hysterectomy involves fewer and smaller incisions than the traditional open abdominal hysterectomy. An adenomyosis specialist can recommend the best treatment option for your particular case.
What food is good for adenomyosis?
Foods that have anti-inflammatory properties can help relieve symptoms of adenomyosis. These foods include leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale, nuts like walnuts and almonds, fruits like strawberries and blueberries and fatty fish like salmon, tuna or mackerel.
Speak with an Expert
For the best way to find relief from adenomyosis, consult with a specialist about your condition. The adenomyosis specialists at CIGC can help you find the best treatment option for you. Talk to our patient care team to get started on your pain relief journey today.