A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with PCOS, (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) in one of my ovaries. You can read about PCOS here. I also developed Endometrial Hyperplasia at the same time. I was not a “happy chappy” at all. Besides the fact that I was in a lot of pain, especially during menstruation, I also looked about 3 months pregnant on any given day. But there is a happy ending to this story which has to do with Oil Pulling to minimise if not eliminate Endometrial Hyperplasia. Following is the standard information and an example of what medical treatments are available. After that I’ll give my account of how I treated it with natural remedies – mainly Coconut Oil Pulling.
What is Endometrial Hyperplasia? –
Endometrial Hyperplasia is the thickening of the lining of the Uterus and effects women of many different ages. The endometrium is the lining of the uterus that grows and thickens every month in sexually mature women. It is shed during the menstruation period except when pregnant.
What Causes Endometrial Hyperplasia? –
The main cause is due to imbalance in hormones. High levels of oestrogen and low levels of progesterone may lead to an unusual or excessive cell growth. Hormonal imbalance can occur for various reasons.
- Irregular Menstrual Cycle
- Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Ovary-related health conditions (PCOS)
Symptoms of Endometrial Hyperplasia –
- Lower abdominal pain
- Intense cramping
- Spotting or bleeding
- Hot flushes
- Mood swings
- Heavy and/or prolonged menstrual cycle
Treatment of Endometrial Hyperplasia –
Usually the most common option is to see a Gynaecologist to have testing done. Testing can range from –
- Pap smear
Treatment will depend on how complex the Hyperplasia is. There are types of Hyperplasia as mentioned below –
- Simple Hyperplasia – thickening of the uterus with an increased number of glands. There is no abnormal, malignant appearing cells.
- Complex Hyperplasia without Atypia – a little more thickening of the uterus than in simple hyperplasia and has crowding and more abnormal formation of cells.
- Complex Hyperplasia with Atypia – similar abnormalities as Complex Hyperplasia without Atypia, however cells have bizarre appearance. Often cannot distinguish between this and invasive endometrial cancer as they look very similar.
NB: Endometrial Hyperplasia can be a precursor to endometrial cancer. For more on this read this article
Why would Coconut Oil Pulling Therapy work on Endometrial Hyperplasia –
First off I need to mention here that I only had Simple Hyperplasia – there was no abnormal cell formation.
Here’s some background information. After having 3 consecutive miscarriages, the last 2 being only 6 months apart, my body went into major breakdown. Due to hormone levels, surgery procedures and post surgery antibiotics, the candida that was lying dormant raised it’s ugly head and launched a full scale attack in my digestive tract, intestines and finally into my nervous system becoming candidiasis. You can read the full story here and here.
It seemed reasonable that my body would respond the way it did given the trauma and history of illness that’s taken place. However as reasonable as it seemed it was not acceptable, especially after everything that I had just been through and the pain that now affronted me every month and for the weeks in between. So here I was in my Gynaecologist’s office waiting for my fate to be delivered.
The treatments on offer were:
- The contraceptive pill – which we established only messed even further with my hormones
- Mirena – an IUD filled with slow release progesterone, inserted into the uterus.
- Endometrial Ablation Procedure – a procedure involving burning or freezing the build up or thickening of the uterine lining.
- Partial Hysterectomy – Last option of removing the uterus. (This wasn’t really an option)
After all options were discussed and ruled one way or another.
The contraceptive pill – ruled out due to me being highly sensitive to artificial hormones (messes even more with candida, and gut disorders)
Endometrial Ablation Procedure – my gyno at this point, (since he had seen the insides of me for sometime now), reminded me that as I had a rather large scar right through the middle of my stomach which had been sutured together with these fancy butterfly clips at the age of 11, consequently had created a considerable amount of scar tissue. So much scar tissue that my gyno believed the only way to perform the procedure was to have 4 cameras (2 through my rib cage and 2 through the vaginal opening) to have vision around the scar tissue. Taking up twice the amount of time that the normal procedure would and therefore being under anaesthetic for longer which (as my body doesn’t cope well with anaesthetic) would not be advisable.
Partial Hysterectomy – Well I was only 46 years of age. Was this really an option. No – especially since we had established that it was Simple Hyperplasia.
So where did that leave me – Mirena! An IUD filled with slow release progesterone that would stay in my body for up to 1 year. Urgh! Didn’t like the sound of this but I was desperate. I’m not someone in favour of having foreign objects inserted into my body (although I have my ears pierced – but that’s still on the outside of my body). It seemed quite unnatural and I wasn’t sure I could go there. But there seemed no other option.
I sat with this for another month and as I moaned and cried through the pain of another month of painful cramps and heavy bleeding, I decided something must be done.
I purchased Mirena from the chemist and made an appointment with my gyno to have it inserted. All good – or so I thought. Turned out that my cervix was too narrow for him to insert it without pain. His suggestion was to put me under and insert it via a surgical procedure. I couldn’t go there – as much as the pain I was in was excruciating, the thought of having another surgical procedure was too much to bear. I really believed at this point that I should of been a shareholder in the local hospital.
So where did this leave me – back in the gyno’s office discussing pain and bleeding control through medication. In other words – bandaids! This solution was not going to solve the problem it was going to mask it. But I went ahead and gave it a shot. The result was not pleasant.
Transamin – Tranexamic Acid is an antifibrinolytic agent, used for reduction or prevention of excessive menstrual bleeding. Taken 3 times a day for the first 4 days of my period. Side effects: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, dizziness. I managed to get all four.
Ponstan – non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. 2 capsules twice a day starting from day 1 of my period. Side effects include nausea, indigestion, diarrhoea and mouth ulcers. On top of taking the Transamin this was a lethal combination. I managed the medication for 2 cycles and after that I stopped the medication, did not return to my gyno and muddled through the pain for the next somewhat 6-7 months.
Coconut Oil Pulling Treatment for Hormone Imbalances and Endometrial Hyperplasia –
I had been taking coconut oil in my diet for almost a year by now, in cooking and in my morning lemon juice. I had read trillions of testimonies of how people had cured all types of ailments using coconut oil, and I had my own testimony of using it for skin conditions. Then I discovered Coconut Oil Pulling. I don’t even know how I came across it – I was obsessed with anything that was written by Dr Bruce Fife so his book called “Oil Pulling Therapy” was on the list to read. After reading it, I got the idea that oil pulling may just “pull” or “loosen” this build up on my uterus. I hadn’t really taken into account that coconut oil pulling may in fact balance hormones but I had nothing to lose. I was about a week away from my period and figured if I pull twice a day for the next 7 days it was enough time for a miracle to occur. Well it did. I pulled coconut oil, twice a day for the next 7 days and not only did my period arrive on day 28 but much “goop” was dispelled over a period of about 2 days. I kept coconut oil pulling over the next few months until after about 3 months I noticed that my period was becoming more and more regular, clots were passing through with more ease, the cramping was easing and the blood was a nice bright red. Success! Yes and No. The bleeding was still very heavy and without regular iron supplements I would be peeling over on the floor each month, and I still needed an anti inflammatory med to get me through the cramping.
Almost 3 years later and I can say thank goodness for coconut oil pulling. As there is no real scientific evidence that this remedy works – I can only go by my own experience and the millions of other testimonies of people who are finding success with this treatment. My recent success with coconut oil pulling was an article about one of my teeth. You can read it here.
How Coconut Oil Pulling Works –
An excerpt from Dr Bruce Fife’s book “Oil Pulling Therapy”
Oil Pulling is one of the simplest, yet one of the most powerful healing tools in natural medicine. To many people it is inconceivable that simply swishing oil in the mouth can have such a dramatic effect and can cure infections and debilitating degenerative disease. How does it work? How can oil placed in the mouth bring about remarkable improvements in health?
The oil itself doesn’t do the healing; it’s the body that does that. All the oil does is provide a way for the body to heal itself. Our bodies are amazing organisms. We have, programmed within us, the ability to heal from just about any infectious or degenerative disease, if given the opportunity. By removing conditions that cause disease and providing your body with the things that it needs to rebuild and maintain good health, you can overcome just about any illness.
Oil pulling works by removing disease-causing microorganisms and toxins in the mouth that cause ill health… Most of the microorganisms that inhabit the mouth consist of a single cell. These cells are covered with a lipid or fatty membrane, which is basically the cell’s skin… When you add two oils together, what happens? The combine. They are attracted to each other. This is the secret to oil pulling. When you put oil into your mouth, the fatty membranes of the microorganisms are attracted to it. As you swish the oil around your teeth and gums, microbes are picked up as though they are being drawn to a powerful magnet. Bacteria hiding under crevices in the gums and in the pores and tubules within the teeth are sucked out of their hiding places and held firmly in the solution. The longer you push and pull the oil through your mouth, the more microbes are pulled free… Food particles that get trapped between the teeth are also worked free… So oil pulling literally “pulls” microbes and food particles (their food source) out of your mouth. The addition of saliva also helps to fight certain microbes and balances pH. Thus, you remove disease-causing substances and increase healing substances every time you pull. Without the burden of constantly fighting off oral infections and infiltrating bacteria and their toxins, the body is freed up to focus on self-healing. Inflammation is quieted, blood chemistry is normalised, damaged tissues are repaired, and healing occurs.
How To Coconut Oil Pull –
You can use virtually any oil for oil pulling, as it’s not the oil that works the healing, however given that coconut oil has so many health benefits including antiviral, anti fungal and antibacterial, it seems that it would be one of the best oils to use.
You will need about 2-3 teaspoons of oil.
Best time to oil pull is first thing in the morning, although you can oil pull at anytime of the day.
Place oil in your mouth and begin a swishing action, much like when you are rinsing your mouth after teeth brushing.
“pull” or swish oil around your mouth for minimum of 20 minutes or longer. The longer you pull the better the results.
You should notice within a couple of minutes that saliva will start to mix with the oil and the oil will start to feel thiner in your mouth.
**Do not swallow any of this mix as it’s highly toxic.
If you feel like there is too much liquid in your mouth or that you are going to gag or cough, then simply spit out some or all of it and start again.
When your 20 minutes is up spit out the oil/saliva mix into a bin or container for the rubbish. The mix should like white, indicating that the saliva has mixed with the oil.
Rinse your mouth thoroughly and spit again.
In relation to balancing hormones – many bacteria and fungal infections will trigger an imbalance in hormones. Candida is only one example, but as I know first hand it is lethal when allowed to run out of control. Candida Albicans can be found in many parts of the body and especially in the mouth. If oil pulling can remove the candida from your mouth and therefore stop it from spreading through your blood stream than the body has a better chance of self regulation and with the right diet and lifestyle balanced hormones can in fact be a reality.
The notion of this simple remedy being a key to optimising health and ridding bodies of serious illness and disease is sometimes just too confronting for many people. We all expect illness and disease to be so much more complicated. What if it’s not and what if oil pulling could be the one thing that could override so many medical procedures and prescribed treatments.
One of my readers sent me an email to share her good news of oil pulling.
I wanted to let you know that between oil pulling and trying the carrot detox my spotting is minimal compared to a couple of months ago. It was gradually getting worse until I started to oil pull………I have noticed that my teeth are getting whiter and I had a pain in my right shoulder that went away. The pain had been there for about 3 months. I had a cold about 2 weeks ago and it was the first time that I didn’t have to take prescription drugs in several years.!!! I thank you for your beautiful blog and how you are helping people……..Also, I read the book by Dr. Fife and it was very informative. Sue.
What’s your thoughts? Have you tried coconut oil pulling? Have you been healed because of it?