Diet and Lifestyle Changes That Make Working with Endo Easier

Endometriosis is a condition that affects many women with symptoms such as pain, mood swings, and fatigue. Endometriosis has no cure. We call it chronic because it can last for years or be lifelong, but sometimes we need to manage the symptoms through diet and lifestyle patterns.

How I manage endo symptoms as a working woman

Eating a balanced diet

Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role. They can be found in foods like salmon, walnuts, flaxseeds, etc. They have anti-inflammatory properties and may also help reduce pain associated with endometriosis.

I eat eat fatty fish (salmon, mackerel), leafy greens (spinach, kale), berries (blueberries, strawberries), nuts and seeds (walnuts, chia seeds), legumes (beans, lentils), whole grains (quinoa, brown rice), and herbal teas (ginger, chamomile). I avoid foods like red meat, processed meats, high-fat dairy products, refined sugars, caffeine, and alcohol, as they can increase inflammation and worsen symptoms.

Practicing self care

In this journey, I have faced different mood swings due to stress. Hence, I practice stress-reducing techniques such as yoga, deep breathing exercises, or meditation to help control my mood swings and promote relaxation of mind and soul.I engage myself in regular exercises such as walking, swimming, or cycling, to release endorphins and improve my mood.

Building a support system

Support systems play a crucial and important role. I surround myself with a supportive network of friends and family, or a therapist who will provides emotional support and understanding during difficult times. My family helped me a lot during this process. They are my lifeline.

Integrating alternative therapies and treatments

I have done pain management therapies that helped me a lot as well, including heat therapy. I use heating pads and hot water bottles to relieve my pelvic pain and muscle cramps.
There are even over-the-counter pain relievers that I use, including ibuprofen or acetaminophen, to manage moderate to severe pain, but I consulted with a healthcare professional first.
Prescriptions and OTC medications are done simultaneously. I had a conversation with the doctor regarding the prescription and any other medications or hormonal therapies that may help me alleviate pain and reduce inflammation that is linked with endometriosis.

My life is better now

Managing endometriosis as a working woman requires courage, motivation and a multifaceted approach. Sometimes, we need to address our dietary habits, lifestyle patterns, choices, or emotional conditions. By implementing a few things like dietary changes and stress-reduction techniques, and by seeking appropriate medical care, I am able to better manage my symptoms and lead a greater life ahead, facing challenges, too.

How my sister inspires me

Lastly, I want to share the story of my younger sister, who is also dealing with endometriosis. Emma's dream of starting a family was shattered when she received her endometriosis diagnosis. My younger sister endured multiple miscarriages and she even failed fertility treatments. but she never lost hope. At one point, she told me, "I won't lose hope, dear." With her strong, unwavering determination, she explored different and alternative therapies, and she even adopted a different lifestyle. She eventually welcomed her miracle baby into the world. I salute my younger sister's resilience and unwavering determination, which also inspired others who are facing fertility challenges.

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