Coping with Endometriosis

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When coping with endometriosis, it is important to address not only the physical symptoms but the mental and social consequences as well. While studies can be helpful, who better to ask than those who have endometriosis? When asked what tools you use to cope, several people commented with some good ideas. We took those comments and made a poll in Nancy’s Nook Facebook. Most everyone listed not just one but several different things they used to cope.

The most often used coping method was heat, whether from a heating pad, warm bath, or other source. While some noted that ice helped them more than heat, heat was the most often utilized. The second most common was dietary changes. These changes were highly individualized and ranged from vegan to gluten free to a clean or trigger free diet to a low histamine diet and more. Third most commonly used was distraction. Distractions varied but included art, music, television, or looking on the phone. Many also listed various vitamins, minerals, herbs, or other supplements they used (always check with your healthcare provider before starting any supplements!). Pelvic physical therapy and other mind/body practices were mentioned frequently. Many did cite that birth control helped them manage for a while.

While none of these things will solve your endometriosis, they might help you cope with the effects while awaiting treatment. Always discuss with your provide ways to help you cope with your symptoms. And let them know what works or doesn’t work for you. Hearing from your experience might help someone else in the future.