Endometriosis Tools & Helpers
Medical Disclaimer- I need to mention that I am not a doctor! Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. I am just here to share!
Here are a few tools that I have found that help when I have a bad flare up. I try to stay on the natural side of things, but unfortunately sometimes nothing seems to works except good ol' fashioned pain meds.
- A heating pad a rice pack that is heavy is even better! You can even DIY if you are feeling crafty!
- QiMoxa Natural Heat Pack I found these googling one day after I got moxa done at the acupuncturist. They are amazing, but get insanely hot. Use with caution.
- Massage with essential oils. My favs are clary sage, cinnamon leaf, lavender, copaiba, cardamom, and ginger. You can make your own and mix them all with a carrier oil or buy one like this. If you can't get your significant other to massage your belly and your back this massager does the trick.
- WishGarden makes a product called Cramp Release that helps takes the edge off, but you have to take breaks from it because it is hard on your liver. The homepathic remedy Colocythis helps sometimes with severe dysmenorrhoea (painful periods) that are relieved by heat and pressure.
These are some preventative things I do that are supposed to help- I say supposed to because I don't know if they really work, just being honest here.
- Accupuncture has been something I've done on and off for years. I believe in it for maintaining balance in my body.
- Mayan Abdominal Massage is a method, known as the Arvigo Therapy Technique, that has been practiced for thousands of years. This form of massage helps in guiding the internal reproductive organs into their proper position, relieving tension in the diaphragm and abdominal musculature, and aligning the pelvis. Seeing a practitioner can get really pricy, so I have learned the technique and do it on myself.
- Castor oil packs can be super helpful with bloating, but it can get messy. You can use them leading up to your period by saturating a piece of wool or cloth in castor oil and placing it on your abdomen and adding heat. I have a very crafty hubby who made me a pack, but you can click here for a tutorial on how to make one for yourself, or click here to buy one.
- Supplements ginger, turmeric, a multi, fish oil, vitamin d, serrapeptase, NAC, and chinese herbs are in my arsenal.
- Diet, ugh I hate this one! I a firm believer in eating everything in moderation, however every other article I read says to stay away from inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, red meat, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and soy.
Cheese- I am fairly compliant with the no gluten part, but I will eat certain types of cheese, like parmesan and feta- but the real, organic kind!
Red Meat- I also don't consume a lot of it but when I do I buy local, grass fed, organic meat.
Caffeine and sugar- these 2 are tough, I'm not a caffeine junky and I don't necessarily love really sweet things, but I do love coffee and chocolate! I try not to have more than 1 cup a day (no cream or sugar), decaf most days, or if it's a pain day and really want coffee, I drink Dandy Blend, which is a coffee alternative. If I am craving something sweet I try and eat a piece of fruit before reaching for the chocolate, but sometimes a girl just needs her chocolate!
Alcohol- I can stay away from it no problem, but once in a while a cocktail or a beer (GF of course) are a must- I am only human.
Soy- is not something I eat on the regular. I will eat tofu and edamame, and have soy sauce on occasion but stay away from any kind of processed soy, like soy protein isolate, soybean oil, and soy milk.
-Progesterone cream is something I have a hard time remembering to use. I now keep it on my night stand and use it before I go to sleep. I know I am deficient in progesterone and this is supposed to help.
Other things I have tried but don't stick to
-Vaginal Steaming yup, you read that right. It's like getting a facial but for your vagina. It is quit relaxing, but it's another thing you have to do and set time for. A lot of Mayan Abdominal massage practitioners will do them before the massage. You sit over a bowl of steaming herbs wrapped in a blanket. The idea here is to cleanse your reproductive organs.
-Yoga for someone who loves fitness I have to say I have never stuck with the practice. I do love it, and did do it a lot more at studios BC (Before Covid). When the pain is intense and I can't fathom moving I will do some light yoga just to loosen my muscles and joints.
-Acupressure mat these are great if you can remember that you have one and use it. I bought this one. It hurts initially but then your body gets used the pressure.
-Epsom baths I take them in the winter. The epsom help my muscles relax.
-Weed & CBD, weed sometimes helps and then sometimes it doesn't. For me it depends on the strain, indica seems to help me with pain more than sativa, but when I need energy sativa helps. I haven't met a CBD product yet that works to relieve my pain completely. I've tried Mary's Medicinals transdermal compound, and Kush Queens melt CBD lotion, both are lovely products but they don't take my pain away. I have also tried Foria vaginal suppositories, which I know work wonders for so many, but it did nothing to help me. I know there are a ton of options out there and I am sure I will find one that works for me. If anyone has one that they love and it works for pain let me know!
Here are some Endo books I've read and enjoyed
-Endometriosis A Guide For Girls by Tamer Seckin
-From Pain to Peace with Endo by Aubree Deimler
-Vagina Problems: Endometriosis, Painful Sex, and Other Taboo Topics by Lara
-Ask Me About My Uterus by Abby Norman
-Good Eggs: A Memoir by Phoebe Potts