Endometriosis is a disorder that causes the lining of the uterus to grow outside the uterine cavity. This misplaced tissue usually stays within the pelvic region (though not always), and commonly involves the ovaries and fallopian tubes. It can lead to lower abdominal pain, scar formation, adhesions, and even infertility. It can also cause severe pain during your periods or while having sex. (On the other hand, it can also cause no pain at all—everyone is different!) Endometriosis is estimated to affect about 10% of women during their reproductive years, but the true number is unknown because many women don’t report their symptoms or seek treatment. So if you suspect something’s up, don’t grit your teeth and try to bear the pain alone. You want to seek treatment and support—especially because endometriosis has fertility implications. Talk to a practitioner you trust who will take your concerns seriously and help you get a diagnosis—and be ready to discuss your symptoms. What kind of pain are you having? Where and when does it hurt? The practitioner will do a pelvic exam (mostly to rule out other causes) and imaging tests such as ultrasound or MRI. In some cases, you may be referred to a surgeon for a procedure called a laparoscopy. It’s not as scary as it sounds! The surgeon makes a tiny incision near your belly button in order to insert the laparoscope, which is a tool that will help them see signs of endometrial tissue outside the uterus. Treatment usually includes medications (pain relievers and hormonal meds) and if that doesn’t help, surgery may be necessary. You can try simple things at home like warm baths or heating pads to help relax the pelvic muscles and reduce cramping/pain. Some women have found that natural remedies provide pain relief, including herbs, such as cinnamon twig and licorice root; supplements, such as thiamine (vitamin B1), magnesium, and omega-3s; and acupuncture. Remember, it’s fairly easy to minimize your pain when it’s related to your period or sex, so don't ignore it!
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hi there! I’m new to endo life. unfortunately my pain has been pretty bad. my doctor has tried to put me on some medications/shots, but insurance won’t cover them and the price is HIGH. what do you do for your pain, what helps you? are you on something prescribed by a doctor, or do you just use over the counter medication?
any Endo warriors on here? 🎗 I live with my dad and he doesn’t understand how debilitating it can be. feeling really alone right now
Hello everyone, I’m new on this app and glad at least I don’t feel alone. I’m looking for endo specialist in aurora.CO or denver I suffred a lot and I have an endometrial lump after a c section I discovered it. I heard a lot of endometrial diet and personally it really helping me. But the lump still there and the pain is less than before. My obgyn recommand a laparoscopy and surgery to remove the lump on the same time but I’m afraid to do it.
hello all. I’m new to this app and have really been struggling. I have asthma, allergies, eczema, IBS, interstitial cystitis, and endometriosis. my current symptoms are completely affecting my quality of life and I have bouts of depression because I feel so terrible all the time. I feel like I’m a total mess. I feel like my personality is changing from a bubbly, happy, outgoing person to a fatigued, emotional, withdrawn person. I just want to be happy again.
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Books about Endometriosis
The Endometriosis Health and Diet Program: Get Your Life Back
Endometriosis can have a profound impact on a woman's quality of life, and it affects the lives of 6 to 10 percent of women worldwide. This timely book will dispel the myths surrounding endometriosis and provide scientifically based recommendations that are easy to understand and follow. It offers recommendations on treating root causes rather than just symptoms -- it's a comprehensive, integrative program for treating endometriosis and serves as a starting point for building an individualized program. The plan is deep in scope but easy to understand and follow.
The Doctor Will See You Now: Recognizing and Treating Endometriosis
Endometriosis materializes when the endometrium – the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus – sheds, but does not exit a woman’s body during her period. Instead, it grows outside of the uterus, spreading to organs and nerves in and around the pelvic region. The resulting pain is so physically and emotionally insufferable that it can mercilessly dominate a woman’s life. The average woman with endometriosis is twenty-seven years old before she is diagnosed. It is one of the top three causes of female infertility. The pain it emits can affect a woman’s career, social life, relationships, sexual activity, sleep, and diet. It is incurable, but highly treatable. Unfortunately, though, it is rarely treated in a timely manner, if at all, because of misdiagnoses and/or a lack of education among those in the medical community. This book gives hope to everyone connected to endometriosis. That includes every woman and young girl who has it, and the women and men in their lives – the mothers, fathers, husbands, children, and friends – who know something is wrong, but do not know what it is or what to do about it. This book is written at a level that everyone with ties to this disease can relate to and understand, but it is also for doctors with good intentions who lack the knowledge of how to diagnose or treat it. The Doctor Will See You Now is for women determined to let the world know their stories so that every woman with this disease – from the thirteen-year-old girl who is being told that her pain is “part of becoming a woman” to the woman who has been misdiagnosed for decades – knows she is not alone. Yes, her pain is real. No, she is not crazy. Yes, there is hope.
From Pain to Peace With Endo: Lessons Learned on the Road to Healing Endometriosis
Your body has an amazing ability to heal when given the proper nourishment. Learn about the interplay of your body's natural healing mechanisms to put in place an environment to ward off endometriosis and related conditions: Learn how to eat to decrease inflammation in your body and why healthy digestion is key. Understand the connection of your hormones and endometriosis. See why it is necessary to release toxins from your body and mind. Learn how to find peace and love for your body and that which is greater than your physical shell.
The Endo Patient S Survival Guide : A Patient S Guide to Endometriosis & Chronic Pelvic Pain
The Endo Survival Guide is the patient’s essential companion to living with and overcoming endometriosis and pelvic pain: from seeking help and getting an initial diagnosis, to navigating treatment options, and achieving optimal relief and wellness.
Podcasts about Endometriosis
In Sixteen Years of Endometriosis - Series
Trying to figure out how to get through the challenges of endometriosis? Let’s talk practical tips, laugh about embarrassing “did that really just happen?!” moments, and find the strength in ourselves to get through the unbearable. Amy and Brittany discuss learning to live with this difficult condition. The goal? To have a happier, healthier, and more empowered life!
Heal Endometriosis Naturally With Wendy K Laidlaw - Series
Wendy put her Stage IV Endometriosis and Adenomyosis into remission after suffering for over 33 years - after 6 surgeries, countless drugs and painkillers failed her. She also ended up bedridden for many years with adhesions, Cysts, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and a Mitochondria dysfunction. After retraining (from her bed) in a few areas and Wendy is now a Certified Health Coach Specialising in Endometriosis, Adenomyosis and Infertility. She was able to identify the underlying causes of the inflammation and hormonal imbalance - found a natural way out through her developing the 'Laidlaw Protocols'... Using a multi-modal holistic approach which includes identifying toxic food, products, environment and relationships, Wendy was able to put her Endometriosis and other estrogen dominant conditions into remission and is now helping women all around the world achieve the same results. Wendy now helps other Endometriosis sufferers reduce and then eliminate their pain, symptoms and suffering through her books, online Challenge & Programs, so they can go back to living their life.
Peace With Endo - Series
Peace With Endo encompasses the journey to naturally managing endometriosis through diet, lifestyle and mindful thinking. Endometriosis impacts your body, mind and spirit. (I know this all too well). All three factors need to be addressed if you're going to heal. I invite you to join the journey.
Miraculous Mamas: Endometriosis Awareness Month
The babes, Carly, Jade and Liz, talk with guests Danielle Jones OB-GYN, and endometriosis advocate, Shelley Hopper all about the elusive disease endometriosis. The babes learn the staggering statistics of women living with endometriosis, what the symptoms are, is there treatment or a cure, and what the best way is to support someone dealing with endo. These guests offer an insightful, informational, and educational look into a silent disease that needs louder voices like theirs advocating.
The Birth Hour: Detoxifying after Endometriosis, Natural Hospital Birth — Vani Hari
After overcoming a severe case of endometriosis in her 20s, Vani changed her diet and lifestyle, but still worried that she'd have trouble getting pregnant. When she and her husband were finally ready to have a baby at age 38, she conceived after just one month of trying! Vani chose to have a natural hospital birth, and assembled a team to help her get there. She says she couldn’t have achieved a natural child birth without the coaching of her doula, supportive doctor, and a very positive and helpful nurse. She also says there were a few moments during labor where she asked the team “can I do this?” and they would say “yes, you can do this,” and that really motivated her. Taking drugs, however, didn't enter her mind once. She says that after having her daughter a few months ago, she has been in pure bliss enjoying breastfeeding; and, that the happy-hormones from nursing help her overcome the sleep deprivation that comes with juggling motherhood and business.
- Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The complementary and alternative medicine for endometriosis: a review of utilization and mechanism. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The complementary and alternative medicine for endometriosis: a review of utilization and mechanism.
- International Research Journal of Pharmacy. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies for management of pain related to endometriosis. International Research Journal of Pharmacy. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies for management of pain related to endometriosis.
- Mayo Clinic. Endometriosis. Mayo Clinic. Endometriosis.
- Obstetric and Gynecology Clinics of North America. Endometriosis and infertility: a review of the pathogenesis and treatment of endometriosis-associated infertility. Obstetric and Gynecology Clinics of North America. Endometriosis and infertility: a review of the pathogenesis and treatment of endometriosis-associated infertility.
- Nursing for Women’s Health. Endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain: unraveling the mystery behind this complex condition. Nursing for Women’s Health. Endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain: unraveling the mystery behind this complex condition.
- Office on Women's Health. Endometriosis. Office on Women's Health. Endometriosis.