6 Tips for living with endometriosis

Woman suffering from endometriosis pain with hot water bottle for comfortEndometriosis disrupts your physical, emotional, and mental wellness. Between the pelvic pain, weight gain, unpredictable periods, and bowel problems, every day brings a new challenge. If you have endometriosis, there’s no replacement for working with an experienced women’s health provider to manage your symptoms, but you can take steps at home. Make sure to talk to your doctor before trying any at-home treatments for endometriosis.

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 chock 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 you do 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 not only help lower your risk of endometriosis but also enhance your brain, joint, and emotional health.

STAY HYDRATED

Drinking enough water is another habit that has a multitude of health benefits. When you’re properly hydrated, it actually 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, more if you live in a dry climate or exercise regularly.

EXERCISE REGULARLY

Speaking of 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 to flush toxins out of your body.

Exercise also affects your hormone production, reducing estrogen production, and stimulating endorphins. Estrogen contributes to endometriosis development, and exercise might slow or stop the progression of your condition. Also, when you exercise endorphins flood your brain, helping you feel healthy, positive, and resilient.

REDUCE STRESS

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.

APPLY HEAT

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.

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 relievers, you might want to consider an oral contraceptive. Birth control pills regulate your hormones and can reduce painful menstrual cramping. Additionally, we can prescribe a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist that reduces estrogen production and stops ovulation.

We’re here to help you find an endometriosis solution that works. Call or schedule an appointment online today to talk to one of our compassionate and experienced women’s health providers about your condition and your symptoms. We will help you lead a pain-free life.

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