Many women experience discomfort and pain each month when their period comes around. It’s normal to feel a bit tired, as well as some bloating and cramping, with the arrival of your menses, or a few days beforehand. But for some women, this time of the month can be excruciating — with days of painful cramping, backaches, and heavy bleeding. If you experience this type of pain, as well as irregular periods and excessive blood loss, you might be suffering from a medical condition called endometriosis. Read on to find out about endometriosis pain relief and ways to cope with this type of condition.
What is endometriosis?
What exactly is endometriosis? It’s a condition in which the tissue that typically lines the uterus grows outside the uterus — on the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and other places in the abdomen. This may potentially cause infertility as well as scarring, pain during menstruation as well as all throughout the month, irregular periods, and heavy periods. Some women may not know they have it, while others may experience extreme symptoms that affect their daily lives. Symptoms of endometriosis may include:
- Pain during menstrual cycle as well as during other times in the month
- Pain and discomfort during intercourse
- Heavy bleeding
- Cramps, which can be debilitating
- Infertility or difficulty getting or remaining pregnant
The cause of endometriosis is unknown, but may be hereditary. Diagnosis involves examination and discussion with a doctor, as well as a biopsy to confirm the presence of uterine lining outside the uterus. Unfortunately, it takes many women multiple visits to various physicians and an average of more than 6 years to receive a diagnosis.
How can you soothe endometriosis pain naturally?
Endometriosis should be treated by a qualified doctor, but there are ways you can soothe the discomfort at home. Natural remedies for pain include:
- Warm compresses
- Herbs and natural tinctures (with a doctor’s guidance)
- Cardiovascular exercise
A great way to soothe cramps and pain is by applying a warm compress, such as Ostrichpillow’s Heatbag. By applying warm pressure to the lower abdomen, women may experience relief from the cramping that accompanies endometriosis. Paying attention to and tracking symptoms can be valuable when discussing your condition with your doctor, who can determine which course of action and treatment is appropriate. Always consult a qualified gynecologist for questions about symptoms and diagnosis of medical conditions.
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