Treatment options for endometriosis are not about trying to cure the disease, but instead focuses on symptoms. Contraception is not always an easy alternative for women, birth control can have its own side effects on the body. Everyone’s endometriosis journey is different, and no two person’s symptoms will be 100% alike. Therefore, it is important to speak with your health care provider about your own personal symptoms and see if birth control is or is not an effective option for you.
I have previously found that birth control helps with my symptoms, however it does not relieve everything. The below tips have proven to be the most powerful concoctions in treating my multiple symptoms. I hope you find something that helpful on our list that gives you some relief from your endo symptoms.
This is an overlooked treatment for symptoms of endometriosis. Endometriosis is tiring and with us women being so hard on ourselves, we don’t often practice self-care. It is important to invest in your own self-care ritual, particularly during your period when suffering with endo. Make sure to take extra time to sleep and do not get frustrated with yourself if you sleep longer then normal or decide to take a day off from school/work.
A heating pad is essential in helping with pain, cramps, and bloating. Usually a heating pad on the back or stomach is necessary however, even a warm bath or hot water bottle on your abdomen can ease the pain. The heat helps with menstrual cramps and can be the only source of comfort from symptoms. It’s a great idea to have one while sleeping as well, it relaxes your muscles and body.
Some women believe that watching your diet can help with menstrual cramps. Many believe that diet also specifically helps with endometriosis symptoms. There is no set diet that helps with endometriosis symptoms. Eliminating specific food groups though such as dairy or gluten can help with symptoms. Keep a food diary on you to track your progress as you eliminate certain food groups. Understand what works for you. Sometimes I for instance can only eat eggs and toast.
Some women find that exercise helps with period and endo symptoms. Don’t overdo it though. Exercise moderately because overdoing it for some women, can cause more pain or sickness. Make sure to stay hydrated while exercising and maybe cut back your work out routine for your period week.
A physical massage to the areas bothering you may help with endo symptoms. A massage to the hips and pelvic area can be very beneficial. For some women it does make them feel better, because endometriosis can cause inflammation. If you are anything like me and wouldn’t know where to start, talk to your GP or even call your local masseuse for their best advice.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Speaking of inflammation, this leads us into our next topic, omega-3 Fatty acids such as fish oil pills. Omega-3 Fatty Acids help reduce inflammation and can be found in fatty fish such as salmon, trout and tuna, you can also buy the tablet form here.
Do you have endometriosis and painful periods? Do you use any of the tips listed above or anything we did not list? Please share in the comments below.
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