Once you know you have endometriosis, you can think about your options for treatment. Even after treatment, most women have symptoms off and on until menopause. Then, when monthly periods are over for good, symptoms tend to subside or disappear. In the meantime, there is a lot you can do to help yourself feel better.
Along with cycles of pain, you may have emotional cycles or mood swings. You may feel frustrated, or depressed. Don't suffer in silence. Talking to someone you trust can really help. Also, spend time doing things you enjoy.
Heat can help limit pain. Soak in a hot bath or use a heating pad. You may also find relief with yoga, meditation, or acupuncture. Aspirin and ibuprofen may also help. Those work best if taken just as pain begins. If needed, you may be given prescription medications to reduce cramping and pain during periods. Keep track of your symptoms to help you anticipate and cope with the pain.
For some women, making certain changes in their diet seems to reduce symptoms.
Eat less refined sugar and white flour.
Choose whole-grain breads and cereals.
Eat at least five fruits and vegetables each day.
Talk with your health care provider about taking nutritional supplements.
Following treatment, many women with endometriosis are able to become pregnant. Some of these women find that being pregnant relieves symptoms - at least for a while.
Frequent exercise can help control your symptoms. Try to exercise at least 3 times a week. Doing so can help relieve pain, including cramps. Nonimpact choices may offer the most symptom relief. Try walking, swimming, or biking.
Many women with endometriosis have pain during intercourse. To increase comfort, you may want to try new positions for sex. Some times of the month may be better than others. Also, talk with your partner about other ways you can be intimate. Massage might be a good option for both of you.
Date Last Reviewed: 2000-11-01T00:00:00-06:00
Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T08:38:17-06:00
Dr. Marsha Bornt started seeing me when I was in my early twenties (20 years ago). After seeing many doctors, she was the 1st doctor to diagnose me with endometriosis. I went on to have many laparoscopies with her over the years. In my thirties I moved about 45-50 min away from Apple Hill, so I ended up seeing another doctor who performed another laparoscopy...
Staff was very friendly and professional. I had a few questions that the doctor was more than happy to answer for me. I got all that needed to be done in a very timely manner. I was very pleased with my visit. Trying to find a parking spot was very frustrating though. Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
I am always glad to meet with Dr. Bornt. She is very pleasant and makes sure she has answered all your questions or concerns. She is very thorough in her approach about your medical history . . .wants only the best for you as her patient.