10 Tips to Manage Endometriosis: The Role of CBD Suppositories

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Lifestyle Tips for Managing Endometriosis: With CBD Suppositories

Living with endometriosis is not fun, the lack of information and cure can be frustrating. On top of that misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis is common. Chronic pain, fatigue, heavy menstrual bleeding, painful periods, pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, bowel and urinary issues, and other debilitating symptoms often interfere with daily life. 

So, we understand that managing this condition can sometimes feel overwhelming, especially when dietary changes and lifestyle adjustments seem like just another burden. But these changes may help. 

We list below ten ideas or tips for you to try. Do not feel the pressure to do them all, start small. The small holistic changes can make a significant difference in managing endometriosis symptoms, helping to improve your quality of life.

Tip 1: Adopt an Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Benefits: Scientific studies have shown that An anti-inflammatory, specifically diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. By minimizing the intake of foods that trigger inflammatory responses, you could reduce endo flare ups. 

Foods to include: Leafy greens (kale, spinach), fatty fish (salmon, mackerel), nuts (walnuts, almonds), seeds (chia, flaxseed), olive oil, and berries (blueberries, strawberries).

Foods to avoid: Processed foods, refined sugars, red meat, dairy products, and caffeine.

Scientific Studies:

  1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Inflammation: A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce pain and inflammation in various conditions, including endometriosis.
  2. Antioxidants and Pain Relief: Research in the Journal of Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Disorders indicates that a diet high in antioxidants can help manage endometriosis symptoms by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation. 
  3. Impact of Diet on Endometriosis: A comprehensive review in the Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences highlights that dietary modifications, including increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, can play a significant role in alleviating endometriosis-related pain and improving overall quality of life .

Tip 2: Regular Physical Activity

Benefits: Regular physical activity can decrease the severity of endometriosis pain and improve overall physical function, primarily through its effects on hormone regulation. Exercise reduces estrogen levels and releases endorphins, which are natural painkillers.

Best Exercises: Start with gentle exercises and gradually increase intensity. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week. Think low-impact activities like yoga, swimming, walking, and Pilates.

Tip 3: Stress Management Techniques

Benefit: Chronic stress can increase inflammation and pain sensitivity. This could exacerbate endometriosis symptoms, making effective stress management essential. Studies suggest that stress reduction techniques can lower cortisol levels and reduce pain perception in individuals with endometriosis.

Techniques: Meditation, deep breathing exercises, mindfulness practices, and progressive muscle relaxation. Incorporate stress management practices into your daily routine. Even 10-15 minutes a day can be beneficial.

Tip 4: Quality Sleep

Benefits: Research shows that improving sleep quality can help reduce pain and improve quality of life in individuals with chronic pain conditions, including endometriosis. Quality sleep is critical for overall health and can significantly impact endometriosis symptoms.

Tips for Better Sleep: Maintain a regular sleep schedule. Create a restful environment (cool, dark, and quiet). Avoid screens and stimulants (like caffeine) before bedtime. 

Pro Tip: Develop an evening routine, we focus heavily in our society on morning routines, how to be more productive in the mornings etc. Evenings are just as important if not more so, think about children and how they respond if their bedtimes are off. We are the same, but we just learn to deal with it. Clean up your evenings. 

Tip 5: Hydration

Benefits: Adequate hydration is known to support bodily functions and reduce inflammation. It also lubricates all your organs. 

How much water: Aim for at least 35mL per kilogram of body mass. Carry a reusable water bottle with you and set reminders to drink water throughout the day.

Pro Tip: When you are about to reach for a snack, have a glass of water prior, and then have your snack. This will trick your brain's reward response and signal that water is also a reward or snack, you may find yourself over time craving water first. 

10 Tips to Manage Endometriosis

Tip 6: Use of Mello Flo CBD Suppositories

Benefits: Several studies support the use of CBD for chronic pain and inflammation. Mello Flo CBD suppositories can provide targeted relief for endometriosis symptoms due to their anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. They also provide localized relief, faster absorption, and reduced systemic side effects compared to oral CBD products

How CBD Works: CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system to reduce inflammation and modulate pain signals. Insert the Mello Flo CBD suppository as directed, typically once or twice daily. Monitor your symptoms and adjust usage as needed. Consult with your healthcare provider for personalized advice.

Scientific Studies:

  1. Research published in the European Journal of Pain demonstrated the effectiveness of CBD in alleviating pain and inflammation. The study, conducted on animal models of arthritis, found that topical application of CBD significantly reduced pain levels and inflammation markers.

  2. A review published in Frontiers in Pharmacology highlighted CBD's anti-inflammatory properties and its potential as a therapeutic agent for managing various inflammatory conditions. The review synthesized findings from multiple studies, emphasizing CBD's ability to modulate inflammatory responses and its promising role in mitigating chronic inflammation.

  3. A clinical trial published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine investigated the effects of CBD on neuropathic pain. The study showed that CBD treatment led to a significant reduction in pain intensity compared to placebo, indicating CBD's efficacy in managing chronic pain associated with neuropathic conditions.

These studies provide compelling evidence for the therapeutic potential of CBD in alleviating chronic pain and inflammation, offering hope for individuals seeking alternative treatment options, including those with endometriosis.

Tip 7: Acupuncture and Acupressure

Benefits: Acupuncture and acupressure have been shown to help alleviate endometriosis symptoms. By stimulating specific points on the body, it can improve energy flow and reduce pain.

Scientific Studies:

  1. A study published in the Journal of Pain Research investigated the effects of acupuncture on endometriosis-related pain. The study demonstrated that acupuncture treatments significantly reduced pain intensity and improved quality of life scores in women with endometriosis compared to a control group.
  2. Research published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials assessing acupuncture for endometriosis-related pain. The findings indicated that acupuncture was associated with significant reductions in pain severity and improvements in overall pain symptoms compared to sham acupuncture or conventional treatments.
  3. A clinical trial published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine evaluated the efficacy of acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicine for endometriosis-associated pain. The study reported that the combination therapy led to a significant decrease in pain intensity and improvement in quality of life measures compared to baseline assessments.

Tip 8: Herbal Supplements

Research indicates that the herbs below may help manage endometriosis symptoms by reducing inflammation and balancing hormones. Consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new supplements to ensure they are safe and appropriate for you.

Herbs to Consider: Turmeric, ginger, evening primrose oil, and Vitex (chasteberry).

Tip 9: Pelvic Physical Therapy

Benefits: Studies have shown that pelvic physical therapy can be effective in reducing pelvic pain and improving the quality of life in individuals with endometriosis. Primarily this focuses on strengthening and relaxing the pelvic muscles to alleviate pain and improve function. A more advanced version of kegel practice with a licensed practitioner. This can also involve internal vaginal or rectal massage to release muscle tightness and discomfort.

Scientific Studies:

  1. Research published in the Journal of Women's Health Physical Therapy investigated the efficacy of pelvic physical therapy in women with endometriosis-related pelvic pain. The study found that participants who underwent pelvic physical therapy reported significant reductions in pelvic pain intensity and improvements in physical function and quality of life compared to baseline measurements.

  2. A randomized controlled trial published in the Journal of Pelvic, Obstetric, and Gynecologic Physical Therapy evaluated the effects of pelvic floor muscle training on pelvic pain and quality of life in women with endometriosis. The study demonstrated that participants who received pelvic floor muscle training experienced greater reductions in pelvic pain severity and improvements in quality of life measures compared to the control group.

  3. Research published in Obstetrics & Gynecology assessed the long-term effects of multimodal physical therapy on pelvic pain and functional outcomes in women with endometriosis. The study reported sustained improvements in pelvic pain severity, pelvic floor function, and quality of life up to one year after completing the physical therapy program.

Tip 10: Support Networks

Emotional support and community play a significant role in managing endometriosis. Connecting with others who understand your experience can provide comfort, practical advice, and emotional support.

Also working with a doctor, PT, or therapist that recognizes your condition. It is important to get an accurate diagnosis to enable a restorative treatment plan.

We recommend the following online support groups:

The Endo Pain Project

NYU Langone & Health

Managing endometriosis requires a multifaceted approach. By adopting these lifestyle tips, including the use of Mello Flo CBD suppositories, you can take proactive steps toward reducing your symptoms and improving your quality of life.

As always, consult with your healthcare professional before making significant changes to your routine to ensure any new treatments are safe and suitable for you. You're not alone in this journey—support and effective management strategies are available to help you live more comfortably.