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Painful Periods? Endometri-what?

1 IN 10 women suffer from Endometriosis. It’s a condition that occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is found outside its normal location. This causes an inflammation THAT is often very painful.

Not everyone with endometriosis has symptoms, which is why those trips to the gynaecologist are worth it. If you do have it, it’s important to have an assessment by a gynaecologist to be able to get the best treatment to help avoid pain and any potential complications.

If you have endometriosis, it’s common to have one or more of these symptoms:

  • Awful pain before, during and after your period.
  • You bleed between periods or have particularly heavy periods.
  • It hurts during ovulation.
  •  You feel pain in the vagina and the abdomen during sex.
  • You have symptoms similar to urinary tract infections. For example, you have to pee frequently or it hurts when you go.
  • You have symptoms similar to IBS, such as diarrhoea or constipation.
  • It hurts when you urinate or do number 2.
  • You generally feel sick, tired, nauseous and feverish.
  • You have diffused pain in the pelvis and lower abdomen. The pain may radiate to the lower back, groin, and legs.
  • It is difficult to conceive.

So what to do, first of all, find a gynaecologist that can help you!

Meanwhile, you can try these remedies to ease the pain by yourself: 

  • Wheat hot pad.
  • Hot water bottle.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Get a TENS machine. A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) machine is used as an alternative to painkilling medication.
  • Relaxation exercises.
  • Mindfulness.
  • Some who have endometriosis find that what they eat affects how they feel and the intensity of the pain or discomfort. There is currently no evidence that a special diet helps endometriosis specifically, but a nutritionist may be of value.
  • Exercising is good even if you don’t feel like it. Exercise activates the body’s own pain-inhibiting systems and when you move your body it releases endorphins, giving natural relief to the pain that endometriosis causes. Walking, gentle yoga or other forms of light exercise may be enough.

Lots of Love,

The Yoppie Team

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