Endometriosis disrupts your physical, emotional, and mental wellness. Every day brings a new challenge between pelvic pain, weight gain, an unpredictable menstrual cycle, and bowel problems.
Working with an experienced women’s health provider may help you manage your endometriosis symptoms. In addition, there are steps you can take at home.
However, talking to your doctor before trying any at-home treatments for endometriosis is important.
If you or someone you know is living with endometriosis and seeking effective strategies for managing symptoms, Maiden Lane Medical is here to help. Our experienced team of medical professionals specializes in the treatment of endometriosis and can provide personalized care to help you find relief. Schedule an appointment with Maiden Lane Medical today to receive expert guidance and support on your journey toward living well with endometriosis.
BRIEF ENDOMETRIOSIS REVIEW
Endometriosis is a relatively common women’s health issue.
It occurs when endometrial tissue grows on organs and other body structures outside your uterus, such as your fallopian tubes, ovaries, bladder, and colon. In addition to causing severe pain, it can also cause scar tissue and adhesions to form.
Once you have a diagnosis, you and your doctor can develop a treatment plan, including tips on managing severe symptoms, improving your health, and living with your diagnosis.
EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Eating more fruits and vegetables is good for just about every aspect of your health. But recent studies show that diets rich in fruits and veggies and low in fatty red meat are linked to lower incidences of endometriosis.
Also, vegetables and fruits are more nutritionally dense and full of fiber. This means that you get more nutrients but fewer calories. Additionally, the fiber helps you feel full more quickly and for longer than when you eat refined carbs and fatty meat.
And while you’re adjusting your diet, make sure to include plenty of omega-3 fatty acids. These essential nutrients help lower your risk of endometriosis and enhance your brain, joint, and emotional health.
Drinking enough water is another habit that has a multitude of health benefits. When properly hydrated, it reduces your risk of bloating, a common side effect of endometriosis.
Proper hydration can also help alleviate cramping and improve your overall wellness. You should aim to drink at least eight cups of water every day if you live in a dry climate or exercise regularly.
When it comes to exercise, regular physical activity reduces pain. Exercise improves your circulation, which ensures that all of your organs and tissues receive the oxygen and nutrients they need for optimal function. It also boosts lymphatic drainage, helping flush toxins out of your body.
Exercise is also important to weight management. Obesity can impact many aspects of your health, including your hormonal health. Many women find that weight loss can help alleviate their pain and other symptoms.
Exercise also affects your hormone production directly, reducing estrogen production and stimulating endorphins. Estrogen contributes to endometriosis development, and exercise might slow or stop the progression of your condition.
Also, endorphins flood your brain when you exercise, helping you feel healthy, positive, and resilient.
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Endometriosis not only triggers stress, but stress can also make your symptoms worse in a never-ending cycle of pain and worry. Everyone has a different method of managing stress.
You might like to exercise, or maybe meditation is more your speed. Passive stress relievers like massages are another great option.
You might also want to take stock of your life and cut out aspects that increase your stress, like toxic friends and unnecessary responsibilities. It’s okay to say no.
A professional counselor can teach you new stress management techniques and learn to live with endometriosis pain.
Endometriosis causes chronic pelvic pain. The abnormal tissue and scarring cause tension and contractions that can trigger debilitating pain. You might find that a hot water bottle or a heated rice sack can take the edge off your pelvic pain and cramping.
Hot baths or time in a sauna relieve muscle tension throughout your body as well as pelvic pain. Also, if you happen to own or use a car that has heated seats, you can use them to relieve lower back pain.
CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Some women find alternative treatments such as acupuncture helpful for managing their pain and other symptoms. While the evidence is primarily anecdotal, people who have acupuncture are often more relaxed, which can help manage chronic pain.
You might also want to talk to your gynecologist about biofeedback, physical therapy, or a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)machine. Talk to your doctor before trying any alternative treatments, including vitamins, supplements, and herbal remedies.
TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT MEDICATION
Here at Maiden Lane Medical, we focus on treatments that get rid of your endometriosis. However, when surgery isn’t the best option, we can recommend medication to manage your symptoms.
In addition to over-the-counter pain medication (NAIDS or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), you might want to consider hormonal treatments such as an oral contraceptive. Birth control pills regulate your hormones and can reduce painful menstrual cramping.
In order to treat endometriosis, we can prescribe a gonadotropin-releasing hormone that reduces estrogen production and stops ovulation.
Schedule An Appointment with Maiden Lane Medical Today!
Living with endometriosis can be challenging, but with the right strategies and support, women with endometriosis can successfully manage their symptoms, find relief from pain and improve their quality of life.
If you or a loved one is experiencing the symptoms of endometriosis and seeking effective pain relief and treatment options, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Maiden Lane Medical! Our compassionate team of medical professionals specializes in diagnosing and treating endometriosis symptoms, providing individualized care to help manage pain and promote overall well-being.
Take the first step towards a more comfortable life by scheduling an appointment with Maiden Lane Medical today. Let us support you on your journey to finding relief and maintaining a healthy uterine lining. Call us today to schedule an appointment!