Though, at present, there is little evidence to suggest that any particular lifestyle changes are useful for the management of endometriosis, the following advice may prove helpful:
Avoid constipation, which may intensify symptoms, by drinking plenty of fluids and eating a high-fiber diet including fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grain products.
Consider practicing relaxation techniques to help you cope more effectively with the emotional stress that often accompanies chronic or recurrent pain. Examples include meditation, deep breathing, progressive relaxation, yoga, and biofeedback. By quieting your mind and relaxing your muscles, these techniques can help you recognize and release tension.
When to Contact Your Healthcare Provider
If you have pelvic or lower abdominal pain that interferes with the quality of your life
If you have severe pain related to your menstrual periods
If you have pelvic pain during sex
If you have pain or bleeding when you urinate
If you are unable to become pregnant
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a