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24 Tips That Might Make Living With Endometriosis A Little Easier

From people who know what you're going through.

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Endometriosis is a condition where the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus actually grows outside of the uterus instead (typically on your ovaries, fallopian tubes, or pelvic organs). And — as people who deal with it very well know — it can cause severe pain, inflammation, and even the formation of scar tissue.

That's because the displaced endometrial tissue continues to do what it'd do inside the uterus — it thickens, breaks down, and bleeds with each menstrual cycle. BUT THEN, IT HAS NO WAY TO EXIT YOUR BODY.
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That's because the displaced endometrial tissue continues to do what it'd do inside the uterus — it thickens, breaks down, and bleeds with each menstrual cycle. BUT THEN, IT HAS NO WAY TO EXIT YOUR BODY.

So, we asked members of the Buzzfeed Community who have endometriosis to share the little ways they take care of themselves. Here's what they had to say.

FYI, these aren’t meant to be a substitute for medical advice; they’re tactics that have worked for others and might work for you, too. Be sure to check with your doctor before trying anything new for your endo symptoms.

1. Heating pads, heating pads, heating pads.

Never underestimate the power of a heating pad. It's a life-saver and makes it a little more bearable. —tarapenlandGet one from Amazon for $24.99.
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Never underestimate the power of a heating pad. It's a life-saver and makes it a little more bearable. —tarapenland

Get one from Amazon for $24.99.

2. Or DIY a microwaveable heating pad with a sock and some rice.

I fill one of my husband’s old ski socks with rice, tie a knot at the top, and microwave it one minute at a time until it is warm. I basically carry it around, placing it on my back and belly, for two or three days before Aunt Flo comes to town. It stays warm for hours! —lizm4075643b7If you don't want to go the DIY route, try this microwaveable herbal heating pack from Amazon for $25.99
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I fill one of my husband’s old ski socks with rice, tie a knot at the top, and microwave it one minute at a time until it is warm. I basically carry it around, placing it on my back and belly, for two or three days before Aunt Flo comes to town. It stays warm for hours! —lizm4075643b7

If you don't want to go the DIY route, try this microwaveable herbal heating pack from Amazon for $25.99

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3. And then, even more heating pads you can take on the go, like ThermaCare Menstrual Cramp Relief Heat Wraps.

I wear them while out and it helps me get through my day. —christye49746f8faGet a pack of three from Amazon for $9.30.
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I wear them while out and it helps me get through my day. —christye49746f8fa

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $9.30.

4. Slather on some CBD balm.

They're my surefire way to almost instantly relieve my endo flare-ups. —brittnip43a20f435Try CBD Body Cream from Extract Labs for $50. For more information on the deal with cannabidiol, read this guide.
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They're my surefire way to almost instantly relieve my endo flare-ups. —brittnip43a20f435

Try CBD Body Cream from Extract Labs for $50. For more information on the deal with cannabidiol, read this guide.

5. Or ingest a CBD tincture.

—whatsapoptartTry CBD Pain & Wellness tincture from Lord Jones for $60.
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Try CBD Pain & Wellness tincture from Lord Jones for $60.

6. Or (and I swear this is the last CBD suggestion, but *so* many people submitted them!) soak with a CBD bath bomb.

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I have found CBD bath bombs to be THE BEST. I make a bath as hot as I can stand it and pop one of those bad boys in. Then I soak and try to meditate in the hot water. It’s great for days the pain is so bad you feel like you are literally going insane. —jenniferw61

Get a CBD Bath Bomb from Kush Queen starting at $6.

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7. Epsom salt baths work wonders, too.

Take a really warm bath with some epsom salts. The warm bath relaxes your uterus and the epsom salts relax the rest of your body. It won't last forever, sadly, but it's kind of like a mini spa day.—ariadavidsonGet a 19-pound bag from Amazon for $27.99.
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Take a really warm bath with some epsom salts. The warm bath relaxes your uterus and the epsom salts relax the rest of your body. It won't last forever, sadly, but it's kind of like a mini spa day.

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Get a 19-pound bag from Amazon for $27.99.

8. Don't feel guilty for taking breaks and resting when you need.

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As a mom, it can be really difficult for me to feel okay with taking time to rest during a flare, but if I don’t, my body will end up crashing anyway and my symptoms will get that much worse. Mom Guilt is something I’m still working on, but I’m less hesitant to take naps whenever I can now. —natashabaebi

9. If you're not already in therapy, consider starting so you have someone to lean on when times get tough and overwhelming.

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10. Masturbate.

It relaxes the muscles which decreases the pain by a HUGE amount. I take naproxen for my pain as well, but sometimes when it just won’t take the edge off and I feel like I can’t physically move because of how much pain I’m in, my vibrator is my best friend. Slap a towel down and do your thang! —gwendolyne2
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It relaxes the muscles which decreases the pain by a HUGE amount. I take naproxen for my pain as well, but sometimes when it just won’t take the edge off and I feel like I can’t physically move because of how much pain I’m in, my vibrator is my best friend. Slap a towel down and do your thang! —gwendolyne2

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11. Take some time to research and educate yourself on endo.

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It can make it easier when you understand why you're in pain. —rbokma

15 Things Anyone With Endometriosis Needs To Know might be a good place to start.

12. Drink peppermint tea.

It soothes the bloat and makes you fart like a trooper all day, relieving some discomfort. —lmcsuibhne
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It soothes the bloat and makes you fart like a trooper all day, relieving some discomfort. —lmcsuibhne

13. Join a funny meme group on Facebook or follow some joke accounts on Instagram so you can laugh/cry with people going through the same thing.

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14. Stock up on comfortable clothing that you love.

I can't wear jeans sometimes because they are too tight on my endo bloat, so cotton shorts from Target help a lot because you can still look cute but be comfortable at the same time. —tarapenland
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I can't wear jeans sometimes because they are too tight on my endo bloat, so cotton shorts from Target help a lot because you can still look cute but be comfortable at the same time. —tarapenland

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15. Practice deep breathing to ground yourself when you're dealing with a lot of pain.

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Deep breathing has really helped me get through moments where it feels like I’m having intense stabbing pains through my abdomen and lower back. —sierrah43af12414

16. Add endo-friendly exercise to your routine if you can.

I found a slow yoga routine that focuses on stretching really helped to ease the pain and relax my muscles when they tightened up every month. —simonetreston
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I found a slow yoga routine that focuses on stretching really helped to ease the pain and relax my muscles when they tightened up every month. —simonetreston

17. Cut down on inflammatory foods to see if it helps.

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Cutting out inflammatory foods like gluten and dairy and eating more anti-inflammatory foods like berries, pineapple, and turmeric has really helped me! It’s not easy for me to stick to a diet, but when I do I notice how much better I feel. —deannab419819b17

18. Consider trying weed if it's, you know, legal where you are.

I know this isn’t a viable solution for everyone, especially if you need to be a functioning adult. But a joint, low-dose edible, or whatever I have on hand is the ONLY thing that completely takes away the pain. I would recommend it for those times when Advil and a heating pad won’t cut it. —katk4d0681240
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I know this isn’t a viable solution for everyone, especially if you need to be a functioning adult. But a joint, low-dose edible, or whatever I have on hand is the ONLY thing that completely takes away the pain. I would recommend it for those times when Advil and a heating pad won’t cut it. —katk4d0681240

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19. Wear a neoprene belly wrap when you're painfully bloated and need to get stuff done.

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It holds the heat in and puts gentle pressure on my back and stomach. —laurenh456c6131c

Get it from Amazon for $12.97.

20. Focus on a task like coloring to distract from your symptoms.

When I’m in an endo funk or dealing with intense cramps, focusing on a task like coloring is always such a help. Being able to just put my attention on something else distracts from it. And, when I’ve finished, I know I’ve been productive and accomplished something, which always makes for a good feeling. Also, watching my absolute favorite movie in the world, Cinderella, always makes me feel happy. —johempstead
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When I’m in an endo funk or dealing with intense cramps, focusing on a task like coloring is always such a help. Being able to just put my attention on something else distracts from it. And, when I’ve finished, I know I’ve been productive and accomplished something, which always makes for a good feeling. Also, watching my absolute favorite movie in the world, Cinderella, always makes me feel happy. —johempstead

21. If you have the means and time to care for one, consider getting an animal companion.

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I got a cat! An affectionate, cuddly pet is the best medicine/spirits booster. —buzzfeedbridget

22. Nourish yourself with smoothies when you feel too bloated to eat.

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23. Surround yourself with people who don't doubt or belittle your experience.

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More than anything, you need people who listen to your experience, acknowledge your pain, and stand in your corner. My partner, my doctor, and many of my friends held my hand and were with me every step of the way when my symptoms became worse, when I finally got a diagnosis along with treatment, and now that I'm at last enjoying my life all the weeks of the month.

And on the other side of the coin, try to minimize the negativity those around you may give you. Growing up with these extreme symptoms (CRAMPS, vomiting from the pain, fainting), my family always down played my pain, saying, "It's just your period" and even going so far as to question my diagnosis. Follow the path that you think is right based on what you and your doctor have discussed. Don't listen to people who judge your decisions, but look to the people cheering you on to live the life you've been waiting so long to live without pain. —bethb4a0148c88

24. And tbh, you can't go wrong with a lot of chocolate.

Chocolate has saved multiple lives, as far as I am concerned. —lmcsuibhne
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Chocolate has saved multiple lives, as far as I am concerned. —lmcsuibhne

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