Endometriosis is a very painful condition with no cure in sight, and often it can remain undiagnosed for years. It’s no wonder that women going through endometriosis need some coping skills.
What Is Endometriosis?
It is believed that 176 million women have endometriosis. Endometrial tissue normally grows on the inside lining of the uterus. With endometriosis this tissue grows on the outside of the uterus, or sometimes in other areas of the body. It causes severe pain, especially during menstruation, with much heavier periods usually lasting longer than normal.
The greatest fear for young women with endometriosis is the possibility of infertility, which can be quite problematic.
If you experience these symptoms, ask Dr. Kardos to evaluate whether you might have endometriosis.
How To Cope With Endometriosis In The San Francisco Bay Area
Use your typical support system of friends and family, but it can also be helpful to find another network. Look for endometriosis support groups in your area. Try to make contact with at least one person every day via phone, email, or text. It helps to share.
Give Yourself a Break
A useful coping technique for women with endometriosis is to acknowledge there will be chronic pain and some days will be worse than others. If you don’t feel well, forego any activities. Always try to get ample sleep at night and don’t feel guilty about taking naps when you need them.
In short, do whatever you need to in order to relax and de-stress.
Try the Endometriosis Diet
There are certain foods that can exacerbate the pain and increase the symptoms. Be aware of foods that will reduce your estrogen, stabilize hormone levels, and lower prostaglandin which triggers the cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting that are often associated with endometriosis.
Add good fiber into your diet with whole grains, fresh fruit, vegetables, beans, and brown rice. Choose foods with Omega 3 fatty acids like salmon, tuna, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, especially if you and your partner are wanting to conceive.
Exercise happens to be one of the best coping techniques to deal with both the emotional and physical pain that stems from endometriosis. Exercise increases circulation, reduces the production of estrogen, as it releases endorphins in the brain to bring pain relief.
This is especially helpful for women wanting to conceive.
Take Some Control
It is easy to feel completely helpless when you have endometriosis. One way to regain some sense of control is to stay on top of all current research, and read everything you can as more information is being released all the time.
Ask Pacific Gynecology Surgical Group about available treatments for endometriosis especially if you want to get pregnant.