Endometriosis is a painful female health condition that needs medical diagnosis, treatment and monitoring. However, there are things that you can do at home to complement the treatment that you are on.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
Being able to manage your pain relief personally improves your quality of life, so we have put together a list of the most popular and effective at-home endometriosis management advice from our gynaecologist in Durban.
Muscle Relaxation & Blood Flow
One of the methods that helps relax muscles and increase blood flow is using heat. You can use an electric heat pad, a microwaved “hugger”/cushion, a hot water bottle or a warm bath. The heat shouldn’t be intense or you can sustain mild burns to your skin, so proceed with caution.
Place the warmed item on your pelvic region to relax the uterus muscles and encourage blood flow. Enhanced blood flow has been shown to imitate the actions of some anti-inflammatory medications.
Some of our patients have found that adjusting their diet minimises endometriosis symptoms. However, patients have achieved results with different dietary changes, so there is no one solution. For bloating, spasms, diarrhea or constipation, some patients have found relief with good-bacteria-friendly Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols diets (FODMAP).
Foods that fall into this diet are:
- Protein: eggs, non-processed meat
- Specific cheeses: brie, camembert, cheddar and feta
- Milk alternative: almond or oat milk
- Grains: rice, quinoa, oats
- Veggies: aubergine, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers and baby marrows
- Fruits: grapes, oranges, naartjies, strawberries and pineapples
The challenge is that you need to discover what works for you. Research a full list of FODMAP foods and trial the options to find your perfect fit. Involving a dietician will greatly enhance your chances of success with this option, as getting gut health rectified is a complex treatment.
Activity And Exercise
When you’re in discomfort, exercise and physical activity are not at the forefront of your mind, but many of our patients have found relief in this at-home treatment. Exercise brings relief because it releases endorphins and more 5-HTP, an amino acid and serotonin precursor, can pass through the brain blood barrier. Blood flow is also increased and estrogen levels decrease, which have both been reported as helping with endometriosis pain relief.
When exercising, you feel good mentally, you are awash with natural pain relief and natural anti-inflammatory, and it improves blood circulation and lowers estrogen levels, which can help with endometriosis pain. It doesn’t have to be 100 burpees either! Even a walk around the block can help to manage pain.
Endometriosis can drain your body and mind, so engaging in mindfulness will help you manage the fatigue and stress.
Our patients have found success with meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, conscious breathing, chanting, adult colouring-in books and floatation tanks. Focusing inwardly and quietly processing thoughts, emotions and senses can help with reducing a tense, stressed reaction to your symptoms.