Endometriosis pain affects approximately 11% of American women between the ages of 15 and 44. It has been particularly common among women in their 30s and 40s. Endometriosis occurs when tissue that is like the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus. The most common symptom is pain, but you can also experience bleeding or spotting, infertility, and digestive issues. In this blog, we will focus on the pain and tips to help you cope.
Here Comes the Pain
If you have Endometriosis, you may experience different kinds of pain. This pain can be from menstrual cramps (except these are like menstrual cramps on steroids), chronic pain in the lower back and pelvis, pain during or after sex, intestinal pain, and painful bowel movements.
Learning to Cope
Living with chronic pain can be overwhelming in addition to just living everyday life. We have pulled together 5 tips to help cope with endometriosis pain.
1. Learn to manage your stress – Keeping a pulse on your stress levels will help you prepare better for, and work through those pain flareups. Here are a few ideas to help manage stress:
- Sleep 8-9 hours each night
- Do things you enjoy when you feel well
- Talk to a counselor
- Stay in touch with friends and family
2. Make a personalized list of things to do when you have a pain flare up – This will help you remember the things that help you feel better in a flare up like taking a warm bath, lying down with a heating pad, or listening to music.
3. Know your pain tolerance threshold – Some days you may have mild pain, some days may be severe. You can use the “My Pain & Symptom Tracker” to track any pain related discomfort you have each month in order to identify patterns. This can help you better plan around those times.
4. Let those involved in your life know so they can help – Educate those close to you about endometriosis. This way, you have a supportive group you can count on for understanding and support in a pain flare up.
5. Seek other therapies for pain management – There are many options available for endometriosis pain. These include surgery, medication, yoga, massage with gentle heat, and even acupuncture.
At Women’s Healthcare Research, we are committed not only to working with patients to find current treatments that will deliver the most impactful results, but also in working to develop new treatment options through clinical studies.
If you or someone you love is struggling with endometriosis, Women’s Healthcare Research currently has enrolling studies for those seeking new treatment options. Qualified candidates who participate will receive study-related care at no cost and receive compensation for travel. To learn more and see how you or someone you love may qualify for a study, click HERE.