Let's talk about Endo: What Endometriosis is, how it affects you, and how we can help
Endometriosis Awareness Month has just passed, so you may be wondering what it is and even whether you may suffer from it. It affects approximately 1 in 10 people with female reproductive systems around the world, but unfortunately, it and can be misdiagnosed, and misunderstood.
So, what is it?
Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of it, causing chronic pain and other symptoms. Symptoms are also common to pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, or irritable bowel syndrome, and can be easily missed. It can cause severe menstrual pain, but will also cause:
- Pain during intercourse
- Pain during bowel movements
- Excessive bleeding during or between periods
- Fatigue, constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, or nausea, especially during menstruation.
Unfortunately, some people may not even be aware they suffer from it.
How does it affect people's lives?
Living with endometriosis can be incredibly challenging and can impact daily life in many ways. The symptoms can include painful periods, pelvic pain throughout the month, pain during sex, heavy bleeding, fatigue, and digestive issues. The pain can be so severe that it can make it difficult to work, go to school, or socialise with friends and family. It can also take a toll on mental health because of how debilitating the condition can get, leading to feelings of isolation, anxiety, or depression.
What treatments are available?
There are various treatment options available to help manage the symptoms of endometriosis. Pain relief medications like NSAIDs can help manage pain and inflammation, while hormonal therapies like birth control pills or progestins can help regulate the menstrual cycle and reduce endometrial growth. Surgical options are also available for more severe cases.
What can Livia do to help?
If you're looking for a non-invasive way to manage pain, we have developed our own electronic period pain relief device to help ease the pain of periods. The device uses electrical impulses to block pain signals, and they can be worn discreetly. While they may not work for everyone or replace other treatments, they are a useful addition to a pain management plan.
If you're experiencing symptoms of endometriosis, please don't hesitate to seek medical attention and talk to your healthcare provider about your options. Remember, you're not alone, and there are many people and resources available to support you.
Lots of love,