Endo Life in the Summer
Last updated: April 2023
Summertime is all about swimming, hiking, and enjoying activities outdoors. But endometriosis can make summertime anything but carefree.
Thriving in summertime with endometriosis
We want to enjoy all the summertime activities, but they can become a bit stressful when you have your period or are dealing with constant pain, endo belly, and any of the other many symptoms it can bring.
Not only can the heat and humidity exacerbate symptoms such as fatigue, bloating, and pain, but there’s the constant worry of wearing the right pad or using the right tampon to avoid some embarrassing situations.
Yet, who are you really talking about this with to get honest and practical advice? We can certainly talk to our girlfriends, but unless they, too, have endometriosis, it can feel like we’re having a conversation about the same experience when the reality is we’re living in two completely different worlds.
That’s what I love about this community here. We can talk with our fellow endo sisters about the reality of endo life.
Tips for a comfortable and worry-free season
So, let’s dive into a conversation around navigating endometriosis in the summertime, shall we?
Have the right products for you
At the top of my list is always making sure I have the right products to support my period. This is going to vary from person to person, and quite honestly, it can also vary from cycle to cycle.
So, try not to fool yourself into thinking that there is one “right” product that is working for everyone else, and you just haven’t found it yet. Instead, try to understand your body’s unique needs and then match that with the products that are designed to support that needs.
It’s a bit of trial and error because, beyond the various products, there are countless brands that each can have their nuances.
That is why I try to have multiple options available, and most importantly, if I try something new, like a menstrual cup, I’m doing it in the comfort of my own home. I’m certainly not experimenting with a new product or brand the day I go on a summer excursion.
So, maybe you use the weeks leading up to summer to identify the best products for you.
Wear comfortable clothing
Choosing a swimsuit you feel good in isn’t always the easiest task. However, let’s prioritize a suit you feel comfortable and confident in.
Personally, I avoid any bottoms that don’t provide good coverage or could easily shift as I move around. I also prefer dark-colored bottoms. There’s just an extra layer of confidence with them.
As much as I like to shop in-store for a swimsuit, remember that there are also a lot of online options now too.
Bring extra supplies
Summertime is a prime time for impromptu meet-ups or adventures. So, I always bring extra tampons or pads and even a change of clothes.
Let’s be honest nobody likes to sit in a wet bathing suit longer than needed, especially if you’re prone to yeast infections too.
I also like to pack extra supplies for pain relief. That could be over-the-counter medication, essential oil, or whatever best helps you alleviate the pain.
Embracing summer fun and self-care
Most of all, remember that connecting with friends, getting outside, and enjoying your day are all important steps to healing too. With a little extra planning, you can manage endo life and enjoy summertime!
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