Endometriosis Diet



Endometriosis is a condition that results in tissues growing or developing outside the uterus when they are only supposed to grow inside of it under normal conditions. The disorder results in a variety of issues and it could have symptoms like painful period cramps, heavy flow, bleeding even when the periods are over or the person already has menopause, infertility, pain in the lower back, and other related symptoms.

It could be caused due to several reasons but the exact reason is still unknown to medical science. Some probable reasons include hormonal imbalances, genetics, environmental causes, and other related concerns which could lead to the multiplication of endometrial cells and in turn, tissues.

Treatment of endometriosis includes medication for balancing hormones, painkillers for painful symptoms, laser surgeries, and others to remove the extra tissues or affected organs, and self-care rituals like following an endometriosis diet or a heating pad.


Endometriosis diet seems like a small step towards something as complicated as endometriosis. But small steps eventually lead you somewhere. Diet for endometriosis would not magically cure you but it has multiple other benefits.

Endometriosis diet plan could include-

  • Fibrous foods – Fruits, vegetables, pulses, and grains are what your parents want you to hog on because it is extremely beneficial for the body with or without an existing condition to deal with. If you are allergic to certain things, avoid that.
  • Iron intake – Iron is a rich substance that your body needs to boost hemoglobin which is extremely useful to improve your blood so that in turn it could improve your oxygen levels. The body and its processes depend on oxygen intake so iron-rich foods like green vegetables and nuts could boost it for you.
  • Essential fatty acidsEndometriosis treatment diet should include essential fats like the ones found in salmon, nuts, and flax seeds besides other food items.
  • Antioxidants – We all know the importance of antioxidants in enriching our body, so foods like dark chocolate, green leafy vegetables like spinach, and even vegetables like beetroot could help.
  • Supplements – Market today has unhealthier and chemically treated food to offer more than the organic foods which are something out of our control so intake the missing goodness, besides the food you could opt for supplements like zinc, vitamin A, vitamin C, and E. All of these are common ones, you could ask for a doctor’s opinion to add other supplements too.
  • Omega – Omega is a known inflammatory agent and endometriosis is known to have painful symptoms which could easily be controlled by omega-3. Omega-6 might worsen your pain, so please check such vital information before you dive into it.{1}


Yes, diet could make or break a lot of things for you, and avoiding certain foods could help ease your symptoms too. Having a basic knowledge of what is good for you and what is not is essential

  • Trans fats – Trans fats include those which are found in fried food. We know fried stuff is considered junk and seriously affects our health but it might also worsen our condition. So, keeping a check is important.
  • Red meat – While following the endometriosis natural diet treatment you could skip red meat as it has significantly been found to increase the growth of endometriosis.
  • Gluten – Several doctors restrict intake of gluten in your endometriosis diet plan as studies and statistics have shown that women felt that their symptoms eased out or decreased when they eliminated gluten.
  • High-FODMAP foods – Symptoms significantly improve if one is low on the FODMAP diet. FODMAP refers to small chains of carbohydrates that absorb or digest with difficulty hence, result in several issues that come along with ingestion.
  • Caffeine – Coffee is a big no if consumed excessively as it is known to interfere with your hormones in more than one way, it also promotes inflammation.
  • Alcohol – Alcohol is also known to increase inflammation which could seriously harm you.


We mentioned foods you could focus on and foods you should avoid but in case we were not clear enough, an endometriosis diet does not mean, go overboard with foods considered healthy. Anything excess could harm you, even something as beneficial as iron. Doctors go in-depth into multiple factors to make sure nothing extra is entering your body in terms of medication, you have to do the same when it comes to food and consult a dietician to get it right.


A healthy diet has several benefits, we have all heard, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But the same apple has cyanide which is a poison. So all good things are not good when taken more than required and all bad things are not bad if consumed carefully. A professional’s opinion is a must and you should know that nothing you love would be asked to be abandoned but your dietician might recommend a plan which would limit problematic foods and increase the beneficial ones. All this is to help you with symptoms of endometriosis and your overall health.

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