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Endometriosis symptoms and treatments with pelvic physiotherapy

What are the symptoms of endometriosis?

Common endometriosis symptoms include:

· Painful periods

· Bleeding between periods

· Pain with intercourse

· Pain with passing urine and/or emptying the bowel

Endometriosis symptoms often start during the teenage years and may become more noticeable over time.

Endometriosis pain may be described as severe period pain, but otherwise patients feel completely well. Some women may initially feel pain during their period and throughout the month. Pain may be felt in the vagina, bladder or bowel and during intercourse. Other symptoms can include bloating and migraines.

What can physiotherapy do to treat and relieve endometriosis symptoms?

Womens' health physiotherapy can help with pain relief, reduce the severity of symptoms and improve day to day quality of life.

Endometriosis treatment can include:

· Assessing your pelvis- including the abdominal area, hip, back and pelvic floor

· Providing manual treatment such as soft tissue massage.

· Teaching specific stretches for muscles contributing to pain.

· Managing any related bladder and bowel symptoms.

· Providing specific exercise advice and guidance.

· Stress / relaxation techniques: – there is a link between relaxation and pelvic floor tightness and relaxing these muscles can help manage endometriosis pain

· Advice on self-care strategies.

· Additional endometriosis treatment options may also include surgery and hormone treatment. Women’s health physiotherapists can help with your postoperative recovery.

I have experience in treating endometriosis and have helped many women over the years to reduce endometriosis pain and discomfort or pain during sex.

If you have any questions about pelvic physiotherapy for endometriosis please contact 9518 0722 and I would be happy to discuss this with you further


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