1. Exactly what endometriosis is.
Endometriosis is a common health problem in women. It occurs when the endometrium tissue grows outside of the uterus on other organs or structures in the body.
Symptoms of endometriosis can include: extremely painful cramps, chronic pain in back and pelvis, intestinal pain, infertility, fatigue, bloating, nausea, and diarrhea.
2. Why you don’t “look sick.”
Just because you don’t look ill doesn’t mean that you aren’t. Endometriosis is an internal illness and even though you can’t see it on the outside…it’s still very much there.
3. And of course, why you’re sick again and again.
Because it doesn’t just GO AWAY.
4. Why “just taking Midol” doesn’t work.
Because it’s not a case of bad cramps, and it’s different for everyone.
5. Why you can’t just suck it up, take a Midol during your period, and keep working like everyone else.
Because your period is a literal week (or longer) from HELL.
6. Why you keep having the same surgery.
Because it doesn’t cure you, it only removes lesions at the time of procedure. There’s no telling if or when the lesions will return.
7. Why you’ve been on some form of contraceptive for years now.
Nope, it’s actually not because I was promiscuous at age 14. Birth control helps keep the pain in check, so a life without it is a life that no one with endometriosis should have to live.
8. Why you don’t want to have sex.
Because it hurts like hell.
9. That it’s not just a “bad period.”
Repeat after me: it’s a health condition.
10. That it causes extreme emotional pain on top of physical pain.
Dealing with chronic pain every day is enough to cause anyone emotional pain. And not having your condition taken seriously? Even more reason.
11. Why you might be having trouble getting pregnant.
Endometriosis is the leading cause of infertility in women.
12. Why you no longer eat gluten or red meat.
Because if that means you feel better, it’s damn worth it.
13. Why no one should ever say “it could be worse” to you again.
Yeah it COULD be worse, but it isn’t. And this is pretty damn bad how it is.
14. That the condition effects every woman differently.
“My sister had that and she was fine.”
That’s wonderful for her, truly, but that doesn’t mean that I am fine.
15. That it’s incredibly common in women, but that still doesn’t mean people take it seriously.
“If so many women have it, why isn’t it talked about more?”
That’s a wonderful question.
16. That it’s NOT in your head.
It’s very, very real.
17. And that there isn’t a cure.
Pain from endometriosis is like a knife to the abdomen. Are you willing to do anything to get rid of it? Natural remedies are simple but effective ways to tackle the pain. Specifically, yoga has a simple solution to the problem.
Read on to know what endometriosis is and how yoga can treat it.
5 Effective Yoga Asanas To Treat Endometriosis
What Is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a painful, chronic abdominal condition affecting many women across the globe. The inner uterine tissue layer sheds during menstruation. In someone with endometriosis, the tissue escapes into other body cavities. By its nature, this tissue will also shed cyclically. This causes immense pain, bloating and discomfort. The condition is one of the leading causes of infertility in women and is further aggravated by stress and anxiety. Endometriosis is either inherited or caused by a faulty immune system (1).
Yoga As A Remedy:
Yoga and its structured approach towards the body reduce the symptoms of endometriosis while improving the body’s general functioning. Women who tried yoga for decreasing pain also observed that their condition has improved considerably through healing. Controlled breathing exercises decreases anxiety, promoting a general sense of well-being. Yoga eases menstrual pain, improves fertility and aids hormonal balance.
Here are a few basic yoga poses that you can try to relieve endometrial pain.
1. Butterfly Pose:
The butterfly pose, called Baddha Konasana, opens up the hips and pelvic area. It soothes menstrual pain and enhances fertility.
1. Start with your legs extended before you and focus on your breathing.
2. As you exhale, bend the knees and pull them inwards with the heels facing the pelvis.
3. Press the soles of your feet firmly together and let the knees drop to the sides.
4. Hold the toes with your fingers and bring the heels as close to the groin area as possible.
5. Without forcing the knees to the floor, push them down as much as you comfortably can.
6. Hold the pose for 5 minutes and restore the legs to a reclining position.
2. Goddess Pose:
The goddess pose is one of the best poses for relieving menstrual discomfort. Also called the Supta Baddha Konasana, the pose stimulates the abdominal organs and stretches the groin muscles.
1. Begin by taking the butterfly pose as described earlier.
2. From the butterfly pose, lean backward using your elbows for support.
3. Now, slowly lower yourself all the way towards the floor so that your back is aligned with the ground.
4. Breathe deeply and hold the position for 5 to 10 minutes. To sit up, roll over to the side.
3. Reclined Hero Pose:
The reclined hero pose, or Supta Virasana, is good for the digestive and reproductive organs. The pose highly benefits the groin and decreases menstrual pain as well.
1. Kneel down on the floor with feet apart and knees together.
2. Your feet should be placed wider than your hips while the top of each foot is firmly touching the floor.
3. Now, lean back and sit between your feet. Ensure both the bones of the buttocks are evenly supported on the floor.
4. If you cannot support yourself on the floor, you can use a mat to make yourself comfortable.
5. Here, lean on your back and fold your hands and place them above your head.
6. Use the arms for support, exhale and push back towards the floor.
7. Hold the position for at least a minute or more if comfortable.
4. Shoulder Stand:
The shoulder stand helps alleviate many symptoms associated with endometriosis. It balances the thyroid hormone production, soothes the nervous system, reduces constipation and helps to sleep restfully.
1. Lie down on your back. Breathe deeply and as you exhale, bend your knees and bring them towards your chest.
2. Place your hands at your side, with the elbows close to the body.
3. Using the hands for support on your lower back, bring your legs up towards the ceiling.
4. You can slowly bring one leg up followed by the other one.
5. Press the elbows on the floor and support your weight on the shoulders and upper arms.
6. Your toes are now pointed upwards and aligned over your chest.
7. Continue breathing for 5 minutes while you hold the position.
This pose is not advised for women undergoing their menstrual period.
5. Wide Angle Seated Forward Bend:
This pose is a full body stretch and is a perfect stimulant to your abdominal organs. It also relaxes you and helps relieve stress.
1. Sit down on the floor with the back straight and legs before you.
2. Now, spread the legs out as far as possible until you can feel the stretch.
3. Keep your toes pointed upwards, and the legs pressed firmly against the floor.
4. Slowly, bend at the waist, keeping the upper body straight and aligned.
5. Use your hands to touch either side of your toes and bend as much as you comfortably can.
6. Hold the pose for at least a minute.
These are some of the common poses used in the management of endometriosis. There are more for those willing to practice yoga. Do you think the post has helped you? Do let us know with a comment below.