March is Endometriosis awareness month and The Female Physio Launceston is aiming to bring attention to this common condition affecting 1 in 9 people assigned female at birth.

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis (or Endo) is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows in other places around the body. Endo can only be diagnosed with a type of surgery called a laparoscopy. During the laparoscopy a tissue sample will be taken to confirm the diagnosis.

Symptoms of Endo:

  • Pain that may stop you from being able to attend school/work/hobbies during or around the time of your period.
  • Pain during or around ovulation.
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Pain with bowel movements or urination.
  • Heavy or irregular bleeding.
  • Difficulty holding on to a full bladder or frequently needing to go to the toilet.
  • Pain in the pelvis, lower back, abdomen or legs.

How can physiotherapy help?

A pelvic floor physiotherapist can assist with treating and empowering you to manage the symptoms associated with endometriosis. Depending on an individual assessment treatment may include:

  • Manual therapy, stretches and exercises to treat muscles around the pelvis that might be reacting to persistent pain.
  • Pain education and management strategies
  • Exercises, manual therapy and self management strategies to improve relaxation and flexibility in the pelvic floor muscles.
  • Assessing and treating symptoms such as constipation, pain with bowel movements, pain with urination or pain with sex.
  • General exercise advise

For further info

Disclaimer: This information is general advice only and does not substitute individualised assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Please speak with a GP if you think you may have symptoms of Endometriosis.

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