Painful periods? Get the Facts on EndometriosisDo you suffer from incredibly painful periods? One in ten women has endometriosis, but it’s under-diagnosed and often brushed off as ‘just’ being period pain. Read our guide and see if the symptoms match your experience – there’s no need to put up with the pain any longer!
- Heavy periods
- Painful periods
- Pain in the lower back, pelvis or stomach
- Bleeding between periods
- Pain during or after sex
- Trouble getting pregnant
- Discomfort when going to the toilet
- Blood in your poo
Endometriosis and Your Pelvic FloorEndometriosis can often cause pelvic floor dysfunction – most often due to chronic pelvic pain causing your pelvic floor muscles to tighten up. The best way to ease this sort of pelvic problem is to learn how to do reverse kegels. This is like doing a standard kegel, but the aim is to relax rather than strengthen the muscle. The idea of doing a reverse kegel is a lot more difficult to get your head round than standard pelvic floor exercises. That’s they the Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner features a special programme for Pelvic Floor Relaxation. It works the same as the other programmes, but at a very low frequency. This low electrical frequency will help to gently train your muscles to relax more easily.
Myths about EndometriosisDue to the lack of information available about endometriosis, there are a lot of things that people believe about it that aren’t true. Here are some of the biggest myths:
- Becoming pregnant will cure it: pregnancy can bring relief from symptoms but only temporarily. It’s also not a great reason to decide to have a baby!
- Delaying pregnancy causes it: this is untrue; you can develop endometriosis at any time and whether you’ve had children isn’t a factor.
- Having a hysterectomy will cure it: it can in some cases, but often doesn’t work. If your doctor suggests surgery, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons
- It means you are infertile: around 30-40% of women with endometriosis will have trouble conceiving; you may need some extra help.
- You need to rest: it is important to give yourself permission to rest if you’re in pain, but doing some exercise can help – even just going for a short walk.
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