antioxidant combination of vitamins C and E reduces pain of endometriosis

Endometriosis is common and painful. It affects 10-15% of women of reproductive age. Wouldn’t it be great if there was help that was safe, effective and inexpensive? There is!

Endometriosis is an estrogen sensitive condition that occurs when bits of the uterine lining grow outside the uterus. It causes pelvic pain, intestinal pain, painful periods, painful intercourse and painful bowel movements. It also leads to bleeding between periods and irregular menstrual flow.

In endometriosis, free radical damage leads to inflammation. Women with endometriosis have higher markers of free radical damage. So, increasing antioxidants and decreasing free radical damage could help. And it does.

This double-blind study gave 60 women with endometriosis either an antioxidant combination of 1000mg of vitamin C and 800IU of vitamin E or a placebo for 8 weeks. The antioxidants succeeded in significantly lowering markers of free radical damage. The result was that the women in the antioxidant group had significantly greater reductions in painful periods, painful intercourse and pelvic pain, which is the most common symptom of endometriosis.

Vitamins C and E are very safe and very effective. The researchers conclude that a combination of vitamins C and E is a safe and inexpensive treatment for endometriosis. And this is very welcome news for women.


Pain Res Manag 2021;2021:5529741


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