Endometriosis

 

PERIOD PAIN IS NOT NORMAL.

If you are experiencing pain beyond discomfort with your menstrual cycle we urge you to dive deeper into your health to find the cause. Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women and has the average diagnosis time of 7 years. The earlier the diagnosis the better!

Start with the articles to the right, then check out the articles, stories of  endo, and free resources below.


ARTICLES ON ENDOMETRIOSIS

 

Detox Your Period for Pain Relief


detox your period for pain relief

By Arielle D. Dance, PhD

Can Tampons Cause Cramps? Detox Your Period for Pain Relief

For many women, periods come with a host of discomforts: cramping, headaches, fear of leaks, back pain, and maybe even leg pain. As someone who was diagnosed with endometriosis, a painful pelvic pain condition, in my teens, I have experienced countless painful periods and have been on the search for relief. I have finally found the perfect combination of essential oils, aromatherapy-infused heating pads, and stretches that bring me comfort.
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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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ENDO-STORIES  BY  ENDO-SISTERS

 

My Endometriosis Story: A Journey to Healing

By Dr. Allegra Hart, ND   My period used to be incredibly painful. The best way for me to describe how they felt was like being ripped apart by Freddy Krueger from the inside. I didn’t know anyone who had as much pain as I did with my menstrual cycle. I did the usual...

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Endometriosis: Had No Idea

By Madeline Hi! I'm from the Dominican Republic and this is the story that I share with this horrible disease. Ever since I was 15 yrs old and it was time to get my period, it was a time of suffering. It hurt a lot, I used to cry a lot and spend two days in bed...

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I Didn’t Know About Endo

By Becky Mantuano I'm going to try and tell you (and not leave anything out) because it's been one heck of a journey. I guess I always knew something just wasn't right. I started my cycles at 13 and they were always painful. Crippling I guess you could say. At 16 I...

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Still On Road to Recovery Due to ENDO

By Shirley I was diagnosed with endometriosis in October 2012, at the age of 45 after over 10-years of being diagnosed with poly-ovarian cysts. My last ultrasound in 2012 was identical to my ultrasound from 2007. Ultrasounds do not show endometriosis! I was fortunate...

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Living With Endometriosis

The Beginning ……… Instead of feeling sorry for myself I have made the choice to raise awareness and support for Endometriosis. This is an overview of my story so far........... In my early teens I always suffered with heavy and painful periods and in the early days I...

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My Battle with Endometriosis: Diagnosed at just 22yrs old

I hope my story will be informational and helpful to all women who suffer from Endometriosis. Since I first started my menstrual cycle at just 11yrs old, it was just awful. I had horribly heavy cycles and would get very sick and missed school because of it. My cycles...

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My Endo Journey

I just wanted to share a little bit of my story. Back in 2010 I remember going through so much pain. I had all sorts of tests done along with seeing two doctors. After a scope and colonoscopy, and even having one doctor tell me I didn't have endometriosis, I was...

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Endometriosis: Heather’s Story

Let me start by saying that I have always had VERY painful periods. Like most other Endo Sisters who have been kind enough to share their story, I thought this was normal. I would spend the first couple days of my period in so much pain, it was insane. I can remember...

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My Battle With Endometriosis

Hi! My name is Jennifer, I'm 30 years old & live in Mobile, AL. Since March is endometriosis awareness month, I'd like to share my story with you about my battle with this disease. I hope that in sharing my story it will give others with the disease hope, & help raise...

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Endometriosis: Melissa’s Story

The EndoAngel, Melissa shares her story... "I guess you could say that my story begins like many other Endo Stories begin: with a nasty diagnosis while starring blankly at your doctor.... I know for me, it took days for the information to actually settle. To finally...

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