Self-management

Lifestyle and home remedies

If your pain persists or if finding a treatment that works takes some time, you can try measures at home to relieve your discomfort.

  • Warm baths and a heating pad can help relax pelvic muscles, reducing cramping and pain.
  • Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or naproxen (Aleve, others), can help ease painful menstrual cramps.
  • Regular exercise may help improve symptoms.

Coping and support

If you're dealing with endometriosis or its complications, you may want to consider joining a support group for women with endometriosis or fertility problems. Sometimes it helps simply to talk to other women who can relate to your feelings and experiences. If you can't find a support group in your community, look for one on the internet.

Aug. 20, 2016
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