Over the last ten years, I have searched high and low for anything to help me relieve my endometriosis pain at-home without having to go to the emergency room with each flare-up. Some have asked me to list some of the ones that I have found most helpful so that is what I have done below.
These are some at-home remedies to relieve endometriosis pain naturally that I have found online or through experimentation over the years. If you have your own, please feel free to email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will share them in an upcoming post!
What is endometriosis?
The Endometriosis Association reports that 5.5 million women in North America is affected by endometriosis. Yet, ask the person next to you What is endometriosis? and I would bet you’ll get a confused look or a “I dunno” response.
Endometriosis is a chronic disease in which the endometrium tissue, typically lining the uterus, grows outside the uterus. The main symptoms of endometriosis are pelvic pain and infertility, although infertility only occurs in less than 50% of women affected.
What are the common signs and symptoms of endometriosis?
- The most common symptom, and one that is often brushed aside as “normal”, is painful periods– this pain may start days prior to your menstrual cycle and continue after it starts. The pain is generally in the lower abdominal area and/or low back. Some women experience sciatica, or shooting nerve pain in one or both legs.
- Deep pain during ovulation
- Pain during intercourse
- Pain during bowel movements and/or urination
- Heavy periods and/or spotting
- Digestive issues (indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, nausea)
What are the 7 At-Home Remedies to Relieve Endometriosis Pain?
- Eat Your Veggies! and Flaxseed
Vegetables contain a chemical called flavones. Flavones have been shown to inhibit aromatase, an enzyme that converts androgens to estrogens. The research in this area is limited, but heck – it’s worth a shot! Good sources for flavones: parsley, celery.Indoles have been shown to improve estrogen metabolism – this compound is found in broccoli, cauliflower, kale, bok choy, and cabbage.
And, flaxseeds which I put in just about every smoothie for added crunch! are high in lignans and fiber. Both lignans and fiber have shown to be beneficial to estrogen-related illnesses.
- Cut back on Red Meat and Dairy
There is increasing evidence that extended and continuing exposure to dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) is associated with an increased prevalence and severity of endometriosis. In order to reduce your intake of these chemicals, you should limit high-fat dairy, red meat and fish in your diet.
- Progesterone Cream
Progesterone cream may reduce pain symptoms, as it is believed to slow the growth of abnormal endometrial tissue. However, there have not been any studies according to the sources I could find on endometriosis and progesterone cream.
Please consult your doctor before trying, as too much progesterone can cause unpleasant side effects, such as, depression, water retention, weight gain, and severe mood swings.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Remember when your mom forced you to take fish oil because it would make you smarter? Well, it doesn’t just give you brain power! At the University of Western Ontario, an animal study showed that fish oil decreased levels of prostaglandin E2, an inflammatory chemical, resulting in overall pain relief. Additionally, fish oil has been shown to reduce the growth rate of endometrial tissue. I’m about to go stock up!
- Stress Reduction
Cortisol it gives you that lovely muffin top and produces hormonal imbalances that can make your endometriosis symptoms worse. Reducing stress is easier said than done, though, right? So, most physicians prescribe medication to assist in this area. Personally, I take an anti-anxiety medication, Cymbalta, that works wonders for anxiety, depression, and mild pain relief. Yet, for natural options there are some herbs you can pick up at Publix:
*Magnesium (this is great to take if you have muscle cramps, too)Additionally, meditation and yoga are two great, low-impact activities for endometriosis sufferers to participate. Mediation can be done anywhere, anytime; and, yoga helps to improve blood flow, keep you limber, and while low-impact, it is an amazing exercise routine to follow!
- A Steamy Hot Bath
A long soak in a hot bath soathes your abdominal cramps, pelvin pain, and endo belly bloat like nothing else! No time for a bath? Plug in your heating pad and get back to work! Ever since November, my heating pad and I have been inseperable. The warmth relaxes my muscles, eases any inflammation, and when there’s stabbing pain – it does not make it go away – the warmth makes it slightly bearable. Honestly, ladies, anything that makes you feel more comfortable during those moments is helpful.
- Ginger or Peppermint Tea
If you have endometriosis, then you know that nausea is a part of the package. Ginger has been a life-saver for me for the last few years whether it is ginger tea, ginger gum, or ginger kombucha. While preparing for my recent laparoscopy, though, I discovered peppermint tea and have added it to my nausea rescue kit.
Have you tried any of the at-home remedies before? Did it work? What has worked for you?
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