Endometriosis is a medical condition where the tissue that lines the uterus grows outside of it. This condition can cause a wide range of symptoms, including painful menstrual cycles, pain during sexual intercourse, and infertility. The current treatments for endometriosis include medication, surgery, and hormone therapy. However, these treatments are not always effective and may have significant side effects. In recent years, a new treatment option has emerged, called focused shockwave therapy. In this article, we will explore what focused shockwave therapy is and how it can be used to treat endometriosis.
What is focused shockwave therapy?
Focused shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses high-intensity sound waves to promote healing and reduce pain. This treatment has been used for decades to treat a wide range of medical conditions, including musculoskeletal injuries, kidney stones, and erectile dysfunction. In recent years, researchers have started exploring the use of focused shockwave therapy for gynecological conditions, including endometriosis.
How does focused shockwave therapy work?
Focused shockwave therapy works by delivering high-intensity sound waves to the affected area. These sound waves create microtrauma within the tissues, which stimulates the body's natural healing response. The shockwaves also increase blood flow to the area, which can help reduce inflammation and promote tissue regeneration.
To deliver focused shockwave therapy for endometriosis, a device is placed on the skin over the affected area. The device emits high-intensity sound waves that are focused on the endometrial tissue. The treatment takes about 20 minutes.
What are the benefits of focused shockwave therapy for endometriosis?
Focused shockwave therapy has several potential benefits for women with endometriosis. First, it is a non-invasive treatment that does not require surgery. This means that women can avoid the risks and recovery time associated with surgery. Second, focused shockwave therapy has few side effects. Unlike medications, which can cause nausea, fatigue, and other side effects, focused shockwave therapy is generally well-tolerated. Finally, focused shockwave therapy may be effective in reducing pain and other symptoms associated with endometriosis.
What does the research say about focused shockwave therapy for endometriosis?
While the use of focused shockwave therapy for endometriosis is still relatively new, there is some research to suggest that it may be an effective treatment option. In one study, researchers enrolled 60 women with endometriosis and divided them into two groups. One group received focused shockwave therapy, while the other group received a placebo treatment. After four weeks, the women who received focused shockwave therapy reported significant reductions in pain and other symptoms compared to the placebo group.
Another study looked at the use of focused shockwave therapy in women with endometriosis-related infertility. The researchers enrolled 31 women and divided them into two groups. One group received focused shockwave therapy, while the other group received no treatment. After six months, the women who received focused shockwave therapy had higher pregnancy rates than the control group.
While these studies are promising, more research is needed to fully understand the effectiveness of focused shockwave therapy for endometriosis.
Case Study - Laura
My name is Laura and I am 29 years old. I have had continuous issues with my gut health and weight since I was 18. I have always been back and forth to the doctors for repeat tests and things never adding up.
A friend of mine referred me to see Peter as she knew I was struggling with my weight and basic health.
After getting to the bottom of my issues regarding my weight and basic health, Peter then asked further questions regarding my medical background which brought me to talking about my recent issue.
I was diagnosed with severe endometriosis and was informed both my fallopian tubes were completely blocked which meant the only way for me to conceive was through IVF.
Peter mentioned to me “shockwave therapy”. He suggested confidently that using this shockwave therapy could possibly eliminate the blockage issue I had in my fallopian tubes which would then allow me to conceive naturally.
At first, I was in disbelief that something so simple or easy could fix this problem and why was I only hearing about it now? So, after many discussions and lots of questions answered by Peter, I decided to go ahead with it.
I completed 6 treatments within 5 day timeframes. Peter was very professional and accommodating during these treatments. The first treatment was very uncomfortable as there was clearly a lot of fluid built up but as each treatment was completed, the discomfort started to become bearable. By the final treatment, on one side, I couldn’t feel the shocks anymore, even on a high voltage. This told us that one tube was unblocked or clear.
My gynaecologist went back in laparoscopically to remove my IUD, burn away any endometriosis & did another tube dye study.
I was woken up in recovery to be told the miraculous news that the dye got through both tubes which means my husband and I can try conceiving naturally once I am recovered.
Both my husband and I are over the moon with this news & cannot thank Peter enough for suggesting Shockwave Therapy. I have been recommending Peter to everyone I know and will continue to do so. Doctors and specialists have failed to look into things further which is the reason I will be seeing Peter regularly regarding my weight and health as I know I will always be looked after.