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What Advice Would You Give to Someone Just Diagnosed with (or Suspects) Endometriosis?


What advice would you give to someone just diagnosed with endometriosis

 

So, you’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis (Or you suspect that you have it.) Now what? It can be so difficult to know where to go from here. We’re here to tell you: you’re not alone. There’s hope. You can (and will) live a happy, full life in spite of your illness. You are more than your pain.

Today’s post is the final in a series we’ve been sharing all month long on how to support women with endometriosis. Below, you’ll find advice and thoughts directly from our network of endometriosis sisters. They know how you’re feeling because they’ve experienced it too, and today they’re sharing some encouragement.

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Misunderstood and Unsupported with Endometriosis


Endometriosis - ways you've felt misunderstood or unsupported

 

Last week, we talked about all of the ways that our network of endo warriors have felt supported or loved during their battle with the disorder. Today, we’re tackling the opposite question: what are some ways that you’ve felt misunderstood or unsupported? Often times, even with the best of intentions, support systems can miss the mark when it comes to helping those in need. As a friend and supporter of those with endo, it’s important to know some of the things to avoid when caring for your loved one.

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Endometriosis Support: What Are Some of the Ways That You’ve Felt Supported by Friends & Family?


What Are Some of the Ways That You’ve Felt Supported by Friends & Family

 

Endometriosis is a difficult disorder to have to deal with – physically and emotionally. If you have a loved one that has been diagnosed with endo – they need you now more than ever. But even if you’re looking for ways to support them, sometimes it can be hard to know where to start.

 

For Endometriosis Awareness Month, we’ve decided to reach out to our network of endo sisters for their input. Who better to lend their expert advice on endo support than women and girls that are currently battling it? We’ll be breaking down their answers into a series of blog posts designed to help the loved ones and caretakers of those with endometriosis. Together, we can make a difference in the lives and outlook for those affected by this painful disorder. Today, we’re tackling the question: What do you wish your friends and family knew about endometriosis? Keep reading for tons of valuable insight from these brave endo warriors – and check back soon as we dive into more of their responses in future blog posts.
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Does a Hysterectomy Cure Endometriosis?


Does a Hysterectomy Cure Endometriosis

by Dr. Sallie Sarrel

I’m 43 and I don’t want a hysterectomy.

There has been much controversy over the claim in the media that a hysterectomy cures endometriosis.  Hysterectomy, while it has a role in treatment of pelvic pain and uterine disorders, does not cure endometriosis. For me, having a hysterectomy is a very involved decision. It is not so simple just to take the uterus because I am unable to have a child after all of endometriosis’s damage.

Being a pelvic floor physical therapist that specializes in endometriosis, I know all of the current research. I have seen patients soar after hysterectomies, and I have also seen them continue to suffer in pain and anguish. Because of my experience, I will admit that this makes me a challenging patient to work with.
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What Do You Wish Your Friends and Family Knew About Endometriosis?


What Do You Wish Your Friends and Family Knew About Endometriosis

 

Endometriosis is a difficult disorder to have to deal with – physically and emotionally. If you have a loved one that has been diagnosed with endo – they need you now more than ever. But even if you’re looking for ways to support them, sometimes it can be hard to know where to start.

 

For Endometriosis Awareness Month, we’ve decided to reach out to our network of endo sisters for their input. Who better to lend their expert advice on endo support than women and girls that are currently battling it? We’ll be breaking down their answers into a series of blog posts designed to help the loved ones and caretakers of those with endometriosis. Together, we can make a difference in the lives and outlook for those affected by this painful disorder. Today, we’re tackling the question: What do you wish your friends and family knew about endometriosis? Keep reading for tons of valuable insight from these brave endo warriors – and check back soon as we dive into more of their responses in future blog posts.
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Natural Home Remedies for Cramps


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When Aunt Flow shows up on your doorstep, often times she brings along an unwanted guest: period cramps. When PMS symptoms strike, it is all too easy to reach for the pain medication you’ve always used to alleviate those symptoms. But that trusty old bottle comes with some pretty nasty health risks, too.

 

We’ve talked about the things you can be doing all month long to help relieve Aunt Flow’s side effects. But what happens when you need relief, stat? Are over the counter pain pills your only option? Heck no! Read on for our top natural home remedies to relieve those pesky pains. Click to continue reading… »



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How to Survive a Heavy Period


How to survive a heavy Period

by Jackie Bolen

 

Do any of the following sound familiar to you?

  • You have to change even a jumbo tampon every couple of hours
  • You never, ever, ever wear white, or light colored pants during your period
  • You wear a nighttime pad, not only at night, but all the time
  • You can’t remember the last time you slept through an entire night during your period
  • You feel like you spend a ridiculous amount of money on disposable feminine hygiene products every single month.

 

If these things represent your life, then chances are you have what is considered a “heavy period.” You have my sympathy! It’s a tough situation and not one to be envied. However, there are a few things you can to do to survive a heavy period in style. Or, perhaps just make it a little less terrible? Onwards to the tips! Click to continue reading… »



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How to Handle Period Leaks


How to handle period leaks

By Kayleigh Toyra

Periods – they happen. And when they first start, they can create a lot of questions — particularly around coping with unexpected leaks.

 

Of course, leaks are not the end of the world. We’ve all experienced a period leak at some point, and we’re still here to tell the tale. But leaks are never fun and as a teen, the embarrassment often feels magnified, so it’s worth having a few go-to coping strategies.

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Empowering Women in Business: Chelsea Besse of Thread the Wick


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At Be Prepared Period, we’re all about empowering girls and women. And whether that means sharing information that helps them to have better periods, healthier routines, or happier lives, it all factors into a well rounded, positive life. As women, so much of what we decide to do with our lives is dictated by the messages we receive from an early age. From the time that we’re young children, we start learning what is expected of us, and what is possible. Little girls really can grow up to do anything their heart dreams of – they just have to believe it’s possible, and get the support they need to go after those dreams.

 

As part of our Meet the Makers blog series, we’ve been interviewing female entrepreneurs as they share their hot takes on everything from their first periods, to how they successfully run their own businesses.

 

We’ve taken the questions people often ask female entrepreneurs to the next level and asked them to share their self care tips, what advice they’ve held onto, and what keeps them healthy and empowered. Because, as we all know, success is about so much more than the numbers or business basics – it’s about living a happy, healthy life on your own terms.

 

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Give the Gift of Preparation


Give the gift of pubperty preparation

Let’s face it.  If you have a daughter in your house, there is going to come a day when she will begin menstruating.

Research shows that many girls today are starting their periods earlier than ever, which clearly indicates that “the talk” (or rather the first discussion of many) likely needs to occur sooner rather than later.  The more prepared you can make your daughter for the changes that are coming, the better equipped and more empowered she will be to face puberty.

Puberty can be a confusing time for both our daughters and for parents and guardians.  As a parent or guardian, it is your job to empower and equip your daughter for the road ahead.  With clear communication, compassionate dialogue and the necessary tools you can make this often frightening and exciting time of transition in your daughter’s life much, much easier.  (For both of you!) Click to continue reading… »



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