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

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. 

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

Does a Hysterectomy 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.

When Period Pain ISN’T Normal

There is no doubt that as women, our bodies are nothing short of amazing. But what isn’t so amazing is the pain that can occur when our good friend Aunt Flo shows up in the form of our monthly period. Ladies of all ages, please take note that not all period pain is normal. I hope to provide a guide on when you urgently need to see your gynecologist, and also where you have the power to improve your cycle pain naturally, using diet and supplements.

My Endometriosis Story: A Journey to Healing

 

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 things like taking lots of over the counter painkillers and hot packs. These would only take the edge off the intense pain I was experiencing. I knew of no other tools to try.

When I finally spoke with my doctor, she had the usual recommendations.  We spent about nine months trying different pharmaceutical treatments such as antidepressants and oral birth control pills.  The oral birth control pills help to reduce my pain from 10 out of 10 pain to 7 out of 10 pain. This was considered the best possible outcome.Read More… >>


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Endometriosis: Had No Idea

By Madeline

Madeline - Endo AwarenessHi! 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 because I couldn’t handle the pain. I started visiting the gynecologist and she used to tell me that it wasn’t normal to have that kind of pain every month.

Years passed and the pain grew higher, I couldn’t evacuate because of the pain I had, I couldn’t walk more than 3 hours without pain. I first thought that my problem belonged to a gastroenterologist ’cause I thought the problems where with the evacuations even if I didn’t have my period.

So when I was 18 (notice that I spent all those years from doctor to doctor with a lot of pain) I went visit the gastro and he indicated some lab test and abdominal and pelvic US. There it was, I had an ovarian cyst “probable endometriosis”, I had to visit my doctor again. She indicated an exploratory laparoscopy which I didn’t do because my father didn’t want to.

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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.

Becky MantuanoAt 16 I went on Depro Provera which was a blessing and a curse all bundled up together. On one hand no more painful periods, on the other, drastic weight gain (I’m talking 150 pounds weight gain) in a matter of the 2 years that I was on it. I had depression so bad I didn’t even want to get out of bed, and massive hair loss.

So at 18 when I figured out what was the cause I stopped taking it. Pain came back about 3 months later. I rocked on like this for another 3 years without taking anything. And then a new pain. Right shoulder pain, bad indigestion every month like clock work, and when I was on my period there was the new pain growing in intensity every month.

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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...

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

Misunderstood and Unsupported with Endometriosis

  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...

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

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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...

What Do You Wish Your Friends and Family Knew About Endometriosis?

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How to be Your Own Health Advocate When You Suspect Endometriosis

by Heather Guidone Many facets of endometriosis continue to be hotly debated, and much is still unknown about the condition. As a result, access to quality care can prove difficult and the disease can be isolating, making it hard for affected individuals to advocate...

Why is Endometriosis So Difficult to Diagnose?

By Dr Pandelis Athanasias Endometriosis is a painful disease which affects around 1 in 10 women, but reports have shown that it can take up to ten years to diagnose. Women with endometriosis typically experience very painful, heavy periods, pain during intimacy,...

When Period Pain ISN’T Normal

By Amy Morris There is no doubt that as women, our bodies are nothing short of amazing. But what isn't so amazing is the pain that can occur when our good friend Aunt Flo shows up in the form of our monthly period. Ladies of all ages, please take note that not all...

Monthly Mission: Endometriosis Awareness

Your Period Shouldn't Be Painful March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. "Endo" is a painful disease that affects at least 176 million people worldwide. The Be Prepared Period team sends love and support to our many Endo sisters (and brothers!) experiencing the...