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Mirena (IUD) and my experience.

In this blog post I wanted to talk about the Mirena, what it is, how it works, and the side effects. I am also going to be talking about my personal experience having the Mirena. If you want to skip all the information about the Mirena and just want to read about my personal experience than scroll to the bottom.

What is the Mirena?

The Mirena is a small, T-shaped intrauterine device (IUD). It releases little amounts of a progestin hormone called levonorgestrel into the uterus. This makes it 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, for up to 5 years before it needs to be replaced.  The Mirena is used for contraception, heavy periods, and women that have or haven’t had children can use it.

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How it works?

The Mirena releases the hormone levonorgestrel, a synthetic version of progesterone into the body. It works by thinning the lining of a woman’s uterus and thickening the cervical mucus. This prevents sperm from traveling to and inseminating the eggs. It can prevent more then pregnancy by alleviating chronic pelvic pain and heavy periods. Over time a woman’s period should become lighter, and may stop completely.

Placement of the Mirena? 

The Mirena is placed into the uterus by a trained physician. The patient can decide to be put under general anaesthetic in theatre or be conscious in the doctors office. The person can have the IUD removed at any time. Within 4-6 weeks of placement a follow up with the doctor is required. The IUD can be left in for up to 5 years before needing to be replaced.

Pregnancy?

A women may try to conceive right after the IUD is removed.

Side effects?

If you have the Mirena inserted and are experiencing side effects that are causing you discomfort please contact your doctor immediately.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • Irregular menstrual periods, changes in bleedings patterns or flow for up to 3-6 months of placement.
  • Breakthrough bleeding, or heavier bleeding during the first few weeks after device insertion.
  • Back pain.
  • Headache, nervousness, mild dizziness.
  • Nausea, vomiting, bloating.
  • Breast tenderness or pain.
  • Weight gain, acne, change in hair growth.
  • Mood changes, low libido.
  • Mild itching, skin rash.
  • Puffiness in your face, hands, ankles, or feet.
  • Ovarian cysts.
  • Depression.
  • Missed periods.

Serious side effects;

  • Severe cramps or pelvic pain.
  • Extreme dizziness, feeling like you might pass out.
  • Heavy or ongoing vaginal bleeding, vaginal sores, vaginal discharge that is watery, foul-smelling discharge, or otherwise unusual.
  • Severe pain in your side or stomach.
  • Pale skin, weakness, easy bruising or bleeding.
  • Fever chills or other signs of infection.
  • Pain during sexual intercourse.
  • Sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden or severe headache, confusion, problems with vision, sensitivity to light.
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes.
  • Signs of an allergic reactions: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORATION?

  • If you have a pelvic infection, get infections easily, or have certain cancers don’t use the Mirena. Less than 1% of users get a serious pelvic infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
  • If you have persistent pelvic or stomach pain or if Mirena comes out, tell your healthcare provider . If Mirena comes out, use back-up birth control.
  • Mirena may attach or go through the uterus and cause other problems.
  • Pregnancy while using Mirena is uncommon but can be life threating, and result in an ectopic pregnancy, loss of pregnancy or fertility.
  • Ovarian cysts may occur but should hopefully disappear.
  • Bleeding and spotting may increase in the first 3-6 months.
  • Periods may stop completely.
  • Mirena does not protect against HIV or STDS.

My personal experience with the Mirena? 

When I was seventeen I was referred to my first gynaecologist. I talked to her about my assault (its in another blog post) and spoke to her about my pain and heavy periods. I asked her about Endometriosis and if I could potentially have it. She dismissed what I had asked, and told me I was too young to have it. Then she suggested getting the Mirena. She glamorised the IUD by saying it would take away all my pain, heavy periods, and it was great contraception, but left out potential side effects, and safety information. I naively agreed and booked a procedure date. Fortunately I had my partner there during the procedure and he proceeded to look after me throughout the experience. On the day of my procedure I arrived early in the morning, checked in and went into theatre. They put me to sleep under general anaesthetic. I woke up late in the afternoon feeling groggy, my stomach/pelvis area was quite sore, and they had placed a pad under me because I was heavily bleeding. Later that night at home I was bleeding more heavily, to the point blood was going down my legs and couldn’t be held in by pads, I had horrific stomach cramps and pelvic pain, and I was so dizzy I was almost passing out. That night I was in and out of sleep. img_5033The next day I had turned completely pale, my stomach was bloated, I was nauseated, refused to eat, had horrific stomach and pelvic cramps, could barely get out of bed. My bleeding had continued to get heavier and I was passing clots that were around 10cm long (which sounds completely ludacris but I swear it is true). I could only handle the Mirena being in for five days. On the fifth day I had no colour to my skin (I am usually olive/tan), my face had completely broken out with pimples (my face is usually clear), I was experiencing horrific pelvic pain and stomach cramps, I was sleep deprived, anxious/nervous, extremely dizzy, and I had lost weight. img_5031img_5035I mustered up enough strength to drive to my gynaecologists office to get her to remove it. She tried to convince me to keep it in, and I begged her to take it out. The gynaecologist got me to lay/sit down so she could remove it. She ripped it out, not gently took it out, she RIPPED it out, and blood came out afterwards. I screamed out in pain and cried. I left her office and never went back to see her again. It took a while for my skin to go back to normal, the acne to go away, and for me to put weight back on. However, I had to go on Provera (hormone drug therapy) tablets for three months afterwards to stop the bleeding, and the pain never fully went away. I was rushed into the ER by ambulance shortly after the removal of the IUD and it turns out I had gotten a pelvic infection from the Mirena. I also later on found out my iron was completely depleted due to this experience, and I went on to get Ferinject infusion in the hospital.

Personally, I would never recommend the Mirena to someone. I don’t think its good for women that haven’t had children or haven’t had sex, nor would I recommend it to someone that has endometriosis. I think it is better for contraception use or someone that just suffers heavy painful periods. What didn’t work for me may work for someone else though. Before getting the Mirena please do a lot of research, talk to your specialist/doctor about it seriously, and take it into serious consideration.

I found this article talking about a Mirena IUD Lawsuit, and I thought I would leave the link attached, so people could read it and gather information. https://www.seegerweiss.com/law-practices/personal-injury/medical-device-liability/mirena/

Thank you for taking the time to read this you beautiful souls.

#MeToo

In the last few months I have watched the Me too movement spread worldwide. Now its making a huge impact in Australia. Many strong people have shared their stories and are trying to make a difference. Now there is the Times up movement. Seeing this unfold and listening to people’s stories has touched me deeply, and it is something I would like to discuss.

I know this is a Blogging website about Endometriosis, but this subject is important to me.

When I was a young child I was sexually assaulted by a family friend, and my family found me and saved me before it could be taken all the way. Then when I was a teenager I was raped by someone I thought cared about me. I kept it to myself for a long time and carried the pain with me.

I remember sitting in the shower ripping at my skin because I felt disgusting and I couldn’t get clean. Sleeping became difficult, and when I finally fell a sleep I would dream about what had happened. I would then wake up balling my eyes out, and get severe anxiety. I suffered from anxiety a lot. Being anywhere near men terrified me and would stress me out. For a long time I was ashamed and I felt like damaged goods.

Eventually I spoke up about what had happened to me. My doctor referred me to a Psychologist and Gynaecologist. I received help for what had happened to me and I am thankful that I was fortunate enough to work through my assault. What happened to me will always stay with me though.

In Australia there was a 3.3% increase in sexual assault victims from 20,025 in 2013 to a five year high of 20,677 in 2014.

During 2014 in Australia:

  • The sexual assault victimisation increased to a five year high of 88 victims per 100,000 persons.
  • The majority of sexual assault victims 83% or 17,072% were female.
  • Persons aged 19 years and under accounted 60% 12,446 of all victims of sexual assault.
  • Over a quarter 29% or 1,014 victims of male sexual assault were aged 0-9 years.
  • Over two thirds 68% or 14,105 victims of sexual assault occurred at a residential location.
  • 41% of all sexual assault investigations 8,507 were finalised by police within 30 days.

Worldwide:

  • The CDC estimates that approximately 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18.
  • Global estimates published by WHO indicate about 1 in 3 (35%) of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner or non partner violence in their lifetime.

This is not okay, and it is time for people to stand up against this issue. We need to educate people, and we need this to be taken very seriously.

Please if you have been assaulted, or are still being assualted, speak to someone and get help. Don’t ever think that what has happened to you is your fault and that you’re less of a human being. You’re strong, beautiful, and you’re worth it.

I have attached links to different organisations, and their numbers.

1800RESPECT

https://www.1800respect.org.au/

1800 737 732

Kids Helpline

https://kidshelpline.com.au/

1800 551 800

Beyond Blue

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

1300 224 636

Thank you for taking the time to read this you beautiful souls.

Trying to get through my schooling career while having Endometriosis.

Going to school, and trying to keep good grades, and attendance with Endometriosis has been a very big struggle for me. I am going to write about my experience since getting my period in primary school all the way through to being diagnosed with Endometriosis and studying in University. It’s important for people to understand how hard it can be for women to go to school, and go on to higher education when they’re dealing with difficult periods, and Endometriosis.

I got my first period when I was 11 but thankfully the school year had finished by that time. When I was 12 in my last year of primary school (grade 7), I was homeschooled which made it a lot easier to concentrate on my schooling and being able to relax in my own home if I needed it.

When I was 13 I left home schooling and went to a public high school. My periods were extremely heavy and painful. I would bleed through my pad onto my school pants (all the time) and embarrassingly onto a chair in class. I would find myself having to take days off of school and not being able to concentrate on studying, and assessments when I was having my period. Thankfully I was still passing all my subjects.

Over the years it was getting worse and harder to manage. I would bleed through my pads, be extremely nauseated, had horrific pelvic, and abdominal pain. The doctor diagnosed me with Anemia (iron deficiency), due to this I was experiencing side effects like dizziness/lightheaded, fatigued, difficulty concentrating, and insomnia. This is when I started skipping my periods on the pill, so I wouldn’t have to deal with them and I could just concentrate on my schooling.

I never spoke to my friends or family (besides my mum) about what I was going through. I thought it was normal that women experienced pain and periods like this because that’s what doctors would tell me. Throughout this time in my life I was experiencing a lot of anxiety, and I regret not confiding in loved ones or more importantly my school for support.

By the time I was 16 (in grade 11) my period and pain had gotten so bad that I ended up dropping out. I was also dealing with a lot of personal problems at the time which didn’t help. I instantly regretted it because I always knew that you had to complete grade 12 to get a good job and to be able to go to University. Straight after I dropped out my mum got me a youth worker and involved me in youth connections for support and to help me create a future for myself. My youth worker was an incredible lady. I volunteered in community events and really felt a part of something. The lady that was looking after me spoke to me about my future and where I wanted it to go. I told her I wanted to go to University. She told me about this STEPS program (tertiary program) you could do through University and it would give you a OP/Rank. She took me into the uni and got me all of the paperwork and information I needed. Unfortunately I was too young at the time to apply. You had to be turning/turned 18 to be able to do it. I waited it out and prepared myself for it.

When I was finally 17 (turning 18 at the end of the year) I applied into the STEPS program and I got accepted. I was so happy and excited to be working towards my future. At first I wanted to do Physiotherapy. I was extremely passionate about it and wanted to help people. Dealing with the theoretical side of it though and dealing with my period pain made it almost impossible to move forward with the course. At this time I was also going through a shoulder reconstruction surgery, and rehabilitation. Eventually I had to drop out because my health was out of control. I lost all of my credit from my units, but I kept in my mind that I would go back and complete it.

When I was 18 I was finally diagnosed with Endometriosis! I had surgery to get it removed, went on hormonal treatment, and my specialist gave me a Ferinject Infusion (iron) to help with my Anemia. Finally, my health was sorted and I could concentrate on my goals. A few months before the year ended I decided to apply into the STEPS program and try to go back to Physiotherapy.

In the new year I was 19 and ready to get back into it! I started STEPS again but I realised that Physiotherapy wasn’t what I wanted to do. I loved the idea of it but not the reality. Psychology was what I had always been passionate about since I was young. When I was a child I stole some of my mums psychology books and would read them over, and over again. When I was a teenager I would read more books about certain types of psychology and human behaviour. Late at night I would watch University lectures on the internet about Psychology. People fascinated me so much. I wanted to know why people acted the way they did. I would always find myself observing people, studying them as you could say. I changed my study plan and worked my way towards what I was really passionate about.

In my first term back at uni I was on Zoladex Injections and Livial (drug therapy) which gave me terrible side effects. I was also dealing with pain from my Endometriosis, which the treatment was trying to suppress. It made it extremely hard to concentrate on my full time study load. I would miss lectures due to what I was feeling and found it hard to retain information. Due, to my pain and dealing with uni I started to get crippling anxiety on top of everything and hardly slept a few hours every night. I was also living in a different town to my doctor at this stage and I would have to make a trip every month to see him.

I was studying three units in my first term, and I passed 2 of them. Unfortunately, I failed my exam for my 3rd unit. Which meant I had to study the unit all over again. I was humiliated and disappointed in myself.

In my second term at uni, I decided to just re-study the unit I had failed. I really wanted to concentrate on it and give myself a break. At this stage my Endometriosis had grown back and it was 10x worse then before. Everything started spiralling out of control. I made myself go to every single lecture that term, study all of my material, and complete every assessment efficiently though. During my lectures I would just grit my teeth and deal with the pain. I was determined to pass this unit and get back on track. It started to get to a point where I was collapsing, I could barely walk around, bowel and bladder movements were painful, I was getting endo belly (swollen/bloated tummy), nerve pain down my thighs, abdominal and back pain. This resulted in emergency trips to the hospital. Finally it was enough and I knew I had to move back to the city to be closer to my specialist and professional medical help. I spoke to my Lecturer and explained to her about my medical condition and that I had to move back to the city for medical help. My head coordinator and lecturer were extremely understanding and helpful. They suggested that I could sit in on the last few lectures they had at their other university in the city and send my work via distance. The lecturer contacted the Uni in the city and set it all up for me.

My partner and I moved back to the city. This is when my specialist started me on Visanne treatment (drug therapy) to alleviate my pain, and shrink my Endometriosis. I sat in on a few lectures, and studied my unit material. Due to moving, and dealing with my Endometriosis it made it difficult to study efficiently for the end of term exam. I completed the exam though and I am still waiting for my results.

Currently I am sorting my Endometriosis out and constructing a plan with my specialist to manage this disease. I’m taking time to myself to recover and work on my health.

Having this medical condition can really affect your quality of life and make it hard to achieve goals. Don’t be afraid to reach out for support from work, school, family, friends, support groups and your doctors. It can be beneficial to have a support system, it just makes what you’re going through less hard and easier to reach your goals. Also don’t ever feel ashamed or disappointed in yourself because you haven’t accomplished your goals or aren’t where you want to be. Remember to take care of yourself and good things take time.

I really hope this helps someone out there or someone can relate to this and not feel alone in what they have been experiencing. Also, I hope you guys enjoyed my school photos, haha.

Thank you for taking the time to read this you beautiful souls.

Visanne (Drug Therapy) And My Personal Experience.

I wanted to write this blog post about Visanne therapy and my personal experience taking it. I hope this can help someone out there and give them the information they are looking for.

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What is Visanne? 

Visanne contains a progestogen called dienogest. This hormone acts in a almost exact way to your bodies natural hormone progestogen. Visanne has been specifically created to treat endometriosis and has been studied in clinical trials for up to 15 months.

What is it used for? 

This particular medication can reduce the severity of endometrial lesions at all stages of Endometriosis. It is also helpful in relieving painful symptoms from period pain, pelvic pain, PMS, and pain during sexual intercourse.

How quickly will you experience pain relief? 

It will take up to 4 weeks for pain relief. However, some women that participated in the clinical trials experienced significant pain relief within 4 weeks.

Contraception?

Visanne has been created to treat Endometriosis and not to be used as a contraceptive. You will have to use a non-hormonal method of contraception.

What to be aware of when taking Visanne? 

This hormonal therapy may affect a women’s menstrual cycle. Most women taking Visanne may experience changes in their menstrual bleeding pattern, which could include spotting, irregular bleeding, or their periods stopping completely.  Do not be concerned, these changes are expected when you first take this medication. The bleeding pattern changes settle. Clinical study shows that the bleeding tends to become less frequent over time. It can be beneficial to keep a diary to track your menstrual cycle, bleeding patterns, and pain for yourself and your doctor.

Side effects? 

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects, you may not experience any of them. If they do worry you contact your doctor.

  • Headache or migraine.
  • Breast discomfort.
  • Mood changes, including depression, irritability, nervousness, problems sleeping, loss of interest in sex.
  • Acne.
  • Hair loss.
  • Nausea.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Wind.
  • Swollen tummy.
  • Vomiting.
  • Weight gain.
  • Back pain.
  • Uterine/vaginal bleeding, including spotting.
  • Unusual weakness.

Price?

Currently in Australia Visanne is not covered by the government or private health. It costs around $70-$80 depending on what pharmacists you go to. You’re given 2 blister packs containing 14 days of treatment each. Therefore a total of 28 days of tablets per pack.

My personal experience? 

My specialist prescribed Visanne to me to alleviate my pain symptoms, and shrink my Endometriosis that had grown back. When I went to the pharmacist to put my script in for Visanne and purchase it I was shocked that it wasn’t covered by the government or private health. The price was a lot. I am currently a student, so paying $70 each month was a little crazy. I stayed on Visanne for two months. The first week was fine, but the second and third I started to get really bad side effects. I would wake up feeling nauseated, and that would continue throughout the day. Extreme bloating, headaches, mood changes, unusual weakness, abdominal pain/back pain, hair loss, and due to the tummy swelling I completely lost my appetite. However, I didn’t experience any abnormal menstrual bleeding, or spotting. My period just completely stopped.  Visanne did shrink my Endometriosis a bit, but it made me feel horrible and didn’t particularly alleviate my painful symptoms, so I asked my doctor to take me off of Visanne due to this. Other reasons I wanted to go off of this treatment was because I didn’t want to keep putting my body through drug therapy (for the third time in a row) and my body was practically telling me it couldn’t handle being on hormonal treatment anymore, with all of the side effects, and the way I was feeling. Giving my body a break from drug therapy has made me feel so much better. Another reason is because I have a partner and we’re young, so just using non-hormonal contraceptive didn’t make me feel safe.

Don’t forget everyone experiences things differently. What didn’t work for me may work for someone else. Visanne has helped heaps of women and they still continue to take it long term. Before taking this treatment speak to your doctor about it and do your research. I hope this has helped someone out there and answered some of their questions, or just informed them.

Thank you for taking the time to read this you beautiful souls.

How I have been feeling

I wanted to write this post because since my Endometriosis has grown back it’s been really hard to manage and also affecting my quality of life. It had gotten so bad at one stage I couldn’t walk, go to the toilet, be with my partner, and so much more. I want to be real and honest about what I have been feeling. I also really want sufferers out there to know they aren’t alone with what they’re experiencing and feeling. My heart breaks and goes out to all of the women suffering from this condition, because it can have a very damaging affect physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially.

These past few months I have tried drug therapies, pain killers, exercises, etc. Yet, my pain gets more debilitating, and all of the different therapies and medications have been having bad side effects on me! Not only has this disease been hurting my body but it’s been hurting my mind. My last surgery was just over a year ago and my specialist doesn’t want to do surgery again so soon. Which I can understand.

I do feel like I am at breaking point though, and that I’m running out of options to manage this disease. I feel let down, confused and disappointed by all the doctors I’ve seen since I was 14, all the emergency trips to the hospital, surgeries, drug therapies, pain killers, scans, some of the people in my life, and most importantly my body. I also feel disappointed that people don’t take Endometriosis seriously and that they don’t think it’s a real condition. They could at least try to understand it. I’m also hurt that my loved ones have been seeing me in such horrible states from my endo. I feel like I’ve been a burden and let them down.

I have been feeling broken over my current situation. I am scared, and I’m not sure what to do with my Endometriosis right now. I hope there will be something that can help. For now I know I have to keep trying and push forward. To keep remembering that Endometriosis is not me, just a part of me.

I wish there was a cure for Endometriosis or some quick fix…but unfortunately there isn’t. I will have to manage this disease for the rest of my life, and so will many other women.

All I want to be is a healthy, social young women. I want to continue to study and achieve the career I want. Maintain a job without my condition getting in the way. Have a happy healthy relationship with my partner without Endometriosis affecting it.

For some good news though I am on a new pill, and medication for pain. In two weeks I will be starting pelvic physiotherapy, and I have started yoga. Keeping positive is the best thing I can do for myself right now. I will keep you all updated about how it goes and I really hope it works!

Thank you for taking the time to read this you beautiful souls.

My Day With Endometriosis

Endometriosis really tests you as a person…it takes you to deep dark places that you have to fight your way out of.

Everyday I have to take all of my mental and physical strength to keep myself together during the day. It is so mentally and physically draining. I am always fatigued. My daily pain/symptoms are; I wake up feeling nauseated, bloated, and tired, which leaves me with no appetite. The pain starts off with sharp, tearing pain in my abdominal and pelvic area. If I stretch, tense, move, walk it feels like someone is squeezing my insides and ripping them out or I’m continuously getting stabbed. Sometimes throughout the day when I am standing/walking I get sharp pain down my legs, and lower back, which makes me almost collapse, but I push through and make myself continue. Most of the time I’ll give myself a minute to regain myself, I’ll either have to sit down on the ground, lean up against a wall, or just stop where I am and try and push past the pain. I get pain throughout my vagina, and rectum. It’s become difficult for me to get started releasing my bladder, or my bowels because of the endo pain and where the endometriosis has grown back. When my abdominal/pelvic area is bumped or touched it is extremely tender and feels bruised. I get severe pressure headaches, my muscles ache and cramp. I have been on Visanne (drug therapy) for the past month, so some of my symptoms will be from that and not just the endo. Pain killers only take the edge off but barely help when the pain is severe. My wheat bag on the other hand is my best friend! I usually fall a sleep with it on my abdominal/pelvic area.

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Since my Endometriosis has grown back (after having surgery to remove it previously) my pain has come back 10x worse. It has made life difficult and is ruining my quality of life.

I do get really upset and cry a lot. I get anxiety, and sometimes think I’m not worth it. The fact that my loved ones have to watch me in pain, and deal with my medical condition, absolutely kills me, and I wish they didn’t have to endure it. There has been times in the past where I haven’t wanted to be here because the pain had gotten so bad. I have battled with my mind time and time again. It makes it hard when all people see on the outside is a healthy person but they can’t see the illness on the inside. Then people disregard what you’re feeling.

The way I see it though is at the end of the day life goes on, so instead of letting endo beat you down, fight back and make yourself a happy life. Your body can’t go where your mind doesn’t take it. I know it’s easier said then done, but it is worth it in the end.

Remember that endometriosis is not you, it is a part of you yes, but you are your own person. You’re strong, you’re beautiful, you’re smart, and you’re a fighter. Surround yourself with loved ones, have mental and physical support, do things that make you happy, make goals and achieve them.

Thank you for taking the time to read this you beautiful souls.

What exercises you can do for Endometriosis.

In this blog post, I wanted to talk about what type of exercises you can do for endometriosis. Now I’m not saying that you can’t do certain exercises or ones that you want, I am just recommending.

Exercise is extremely important for your overall health, and for endometriosis. When you have this disease, exercising regularly reduces the amount of estrogen your body releases. Since the goal is to lesser your estrogen when you have endo, it can be quite beneficial to workout.

Exercise also releases endorphins which are ‘happy’ chemicals for your brain, and these chemicals also help alleviate pain. When you work out it improves the blood flow to your organs, and this is important because blood carries oxygen and nutrients to different body systems. Exercise also helps with circulation.

What exercises can you do and are recommended for endometriosis?

Yoga
• It helps release the pelvis and provide relief.
• Increases flexibility.
• Improves muscle strength.
• Improves respiration, and energy.
• Weight reduction.
• Cardio and circulatory health.
• Protection from injury.
• Creates mental clarity and calmness.
• Body awareness.

Pilates ( If you have tight, tender, and spasming pelvic muscles do not do Pilates because it will make it worse)
• Provides focused exercises on the pelvic floor muscles.
• Improves flexibility.
• Increased muscle strengths in areas like the abdomen, lower back, hips, and bum.
• Balances muscle strength throughout your body.
• Stabilisation of the spine.
• Rehabilitation of joints.
• Increased lung capacity.
• Stress management and relaxation.
• Body awareness.

Swimming
• Low impact exercise therapy for some injuries and illnesses.
• Offers a gentle way to improve strength, and tone muscles.
• Keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body.
• Builds endurance.
• Cardiovascular fitness.
• Helps maintain a healthy weight.
• Improves balance.
• Alleviates stress and is a form of relaxation.
• Improves joint mobility and is gentle on them.

Pelvic floor exercises
• Improves bladder and bowel control.
• Strengthens pelvic muscles.
• Improves recovery from childbirth or gynaecological surgery.
• It also improves sexual sensation and orgasmic potential.

Cycling ( Again if you have tight, tender or spasming pelvic muscles do not do cycling)
• Improves cardiovascular fitness.
• Increases muscle strength.
• Helps with flexibility.
• Decreases stress levels.
• Strengthens bones.
• Improves coordination.
• Decreases body fat.
• Prevents or manages diseases or injuries.
• Low impact exercise.
• Improves joint mobility.
• Reduces anxiety and depression.

Running ( Only do running if you’re physically ready)
• Can be a high impact exercise.
• Increases endurance.
• Strengthens muscles.
• Maintains body weight.
• Decreases body fat.
• Cardiovascular fitness.
• Strengthens the heart.
• Reduces stress, anxiety, and depression.
• May help you have lighter periods.
• Lowers estrogen levels.

I hope that this has explained what each exercise helps with, and helped given ideas and inspiration. I tried to add diversity, because different exercises may cater to others more. If you have already found a workout that suits you and really helps with your endometriosis, then please keep doing it. Also, I would highly recommend talking to your doctor about what you’re able to do with your body, and what exercises best cater to you, due to your illness. Physical therapy may be a good option if you aren’t at the stage of exercising on your own yet. It is important to take your time and don’t push yourself, because change doesn’t happen overnight, its a journey. Don’t hate yourself when you have a couple of hiccups and fall off the wagon for a bit. We all do it. Also, just try and have fun with what you’re doing and it won’t feel like something you have to do. Embrace the journey and love yourself.

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Personally, for myself running, yoga, and swimming have been the best therapeutic exercises for myself. Running is something I have been addicted to doing since I was a child. I do fall off the wagon with running when my endometriosis is bad and I need surgery. Running makes my period lighter, makes me happy and gives me clarity, strengthens and tones my muscles, gives me good cardiovascular fitness, and helps with my endurance. I just love, love, love running and hitting the pavement.

Some of my personal photos, the first one is before I had my surgeries, and most of the others too.

Thank you for taking the time to read this you beautiful souls.