About Fertility

How an Endometriosis Diet Helps Manage Symptoms


In the United States, about 11% of the population has endometriosis, making it one of the most common medical conditions women deal with. Because this condition causes the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus to grow outside of it, symptoms often show as pelvis pain, lower back pain, fatigue, intestinal cramping, heavy bleeding with periods, and spotting between or shortly after periods.

Endometriosis may cause infertility in up to 30% to 50% of those with the condition. Some of the most common reasons why this happens include adhesions, scarring in the fallopian tubes, pelvic inflammation, compromised immune system functioning, changes to an egg’s hormonal environment, blocked implantation, and altered egg quality. By working with a fertility specialist, you’ll be able to determine if and how endometriosis impacts your ability to become pregnant and determine the best treatment path for you.

Ways to Manage Endometriosis

Though medications or at-home options can help to manage these chronic pains, staying hydrated and following an endometriosis diet can make a difference. In general, this means incorporating foods that are anti-inflammatory, including:

  • Fiber-rich foods, like fruits, vegetables, flaxseeds, legumes, and whole grains.
  • Omega-3 foods, like fatty fish, nuts and seeds, plant oils, avocados, and nut butters.
  • Foods high in magnesium, like dark chocolate, leafy greens, and legumes, as well as zinc, such as poultry, red meat (in limited amounts), and shellfish. 

Research shows that the antioxidants in Vitamin C and Vitamin E reduce inflammation, period pain, and overall pelvic pain for those with endometriosis.

You should avoid foods that increase inflammation or raise estrogen levels, such as:

  • Alcohol
  • Excessive caffeine
  • Fatty meats
  • Processed foods, and
  • Sugary drinks

Some may find that gluten and dairy affect their symptoms, while others don’t. 

Following an endometriosis diet will not only help to manage your symptoms but improve your overall health and, thus, fertility.

Endometriosis Diet Recipe Suggestions

Looking for recipe ideas to get you started with your endometriosis diet? Here are some for inspiration:

Fertility Centers of New England is Here to Help

If you have questions about managing your symptoms or fertility outside of following an endometriosis diet, our expert team is here to support and empower you. Contact us today to set up your initial consultation, which is free for those without fertility insurance.

You May Also Like

Antioxidants May Improve Egg Quality In Women With Endometriosis

Endometriosis is associated with infertility in at least 50% of those with this debilitating disease. It is a common condition in women, often associated with pain and infertility. It occurs…

Do Women With Endometriosis Have Lower IVF Success Rates?

One of the long unanswered questions from women experiencing endometriosis has been, “Do women with endometriosis have lower IVF success rates, particularly do they have lower rates of embryos implanting…

Do Women With Endometriosis Produce Normal Embryos?

Many questions arise about fertility in women with endometriosis, including whether it lowers the chance of conception during natural conception as well as IVF. Additionally, patients often ask “do women…