Endometriosis can negatively impact on your quality of life. Although there is no cure, there are ways to manage these symptoms. You can help improve your quality of life by exercising, maintaining a healthy diet and managing stress levels.
When you exercise, your body releases a hormone called endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers. Regular exercise helps lower your estrogen level. Since endometriosis is associated with your estrogen levels, regular exercise can help alleviate some of your endometriosis symptoms. Exercise also helps improve your blood circulation to your organs.
Changes to your diet will not cure endometriosis, but they can help ease and manage the pain. Avoid foods and drinks such as alcohol, caffeine, gluten, and red meat. To help fight the pain, focus on having a nutrient-dense, well-balanced diet. Incorporating high fiber foods, iron rich foods and fatty acids is a great way to maintain a healthy diet, improve your quality of health and help maintain pain.
Stress is a big factor and can exacerbates the pain caused by endometriosis. Women with endometriosis need to manage stress by doing stress-relieving activities. Some of the activities include yoga, meditation and acupuncture.
Patients with endometriosis can have different degrees of infertility. If you are diagnosed with endometriosis and have trouble conceiving, please speak with your physician to see if fertility treatments are right for you. Contact American Fertility Services to schedule your first appointment with us.