PH-1789: Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine for Endometriosis Care

Jessica Bridget Drummond, PT

Thursday, February 13, 2020 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Education Session sponsored by the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

In this session, evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle medicine strategies will be discussed to support women with endometriosis. Approximately 176 million women live with endometriosis worldwide. Women’s and pelvic health physical therapists (PTs) play an important role in screening women for endometriosis symptoms, referring for surgical diagnosis, preop and postop care (if surgery is recommended), and reducing pain drivers, endometriosis lesions themselves and common comorbid pain drivers, such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, myofascial and musculoskeletal pain, chronic systemic inflammation, and neuroinflammation. PTs play a frontline role in this disease and are the ideal professionals to understanding nutrition for hormone modulation, reducing brain inflammation, reducing general inflammation, and understanding and educating their patients on the relationship between a healthy gut microbiome and endometriosis symptoms. In addition, because the central nervous system plays such a key role in endometriosis symptoms, PTs must also be educated on lifestyle medicine tools, such as sleep support, mindfulness strategies, and environmental impacts on brain inflammation, so they can empower their patients with effective lifestyle strategies to reduce pain and other symptoms.


Dr. Jessica Drummond, DCN, CNS, PT, NBC-HWC Founder and CEO of the Integrative Women’s Health Institute is passionate about caring for and empowering women who struggle with women’s and pelvic health conditions. She is equally passionate about educating and supporting clinicians in confidently and safely using integrative tools to transform women’s and pelvic healthcare. Having two decades of experience in women’s and pelvic health as a physical therapist and functional nutritionist, plus owning a private women’s health clinical nutrition and coaching practice, gives her a unique perspective on the integrative, conservative options for pelvic pain management, hormone balance, preconception and fertility support, postpartum recovery, and chronic pain and fatigue management in active and athletic women. She regularly lectures on topics such as integrative pelvic pain management, natural fertility options, optimal hormone health, female athletes, and functional and integrative nutrition for rehabilitation, nutrition, wellness, fitness, and medical professionals. Dr. Drummond was educated at the University of Virginia, Emory University, Duke Integrative Medicine, and Maryland University of Integrative Health.