Endometriosis is a complicated condition where the uterine lining, or endometrium, is found outside of the uterus. The main symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain before, during, or after a woman’s period. Although there is no known cure for this condition, there are different ways to manage these symptoms.
Endometriosis can have a negative impact on your quality of life. Changes to your diet will not cure endometriosis, but they can help ease and manage the pain. Avoid foods and drinks such as alcohol, caffeine, gluten, and red meat. To help fight the pain, focus on having a nutrient-dense, well-balanced diet. Include foods such as:
- High fiber foods: such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
- Iron-rich foods: such as broccoli, beans, and nuts/seeds
- Food rich in fatty acids: such as salmon, flax seeds, and tuna
- Antioxidant-rich foods: such as berries, oranges, and spinach
A study found that regular exercise can help improve the symptoms of endometriosis. When you exercise, your body releases a hormone called endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers. Regular exercise helps lower your estrogen level. Since endometriosis is associated with your estrogen levels, regular exercise can help alleviate some of your endometriosis symptoms. Exercise also helps improve your blood circulation to your organs. Some exercise that you should consider is:
- High-intensity exercise: such as running and swimming
- Low-intensity exercise: such as yoga and Pilates
Before starting any strenuous exercise, be sure to talk to your doctor before trying any new routine.
Managing Stress Level
Stress is a big factor and can exacerbates the pain caused by endometriosis. Women with endometriosis need to manage stress by doing stress-relieving activities. Some of the activities include:
Patients with endometriosis can have different degrees of infertility. If you are diagnosed with endometriosis and have trouble conceiving, please speak with your physician to see if fertility treatments are right for you. Contact Neway Fertility to schedule your first appointment with us.
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