Exercise and Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a chronic condition that affects women’s reproductive systems. It is a painful disorder that occurs when the tissue that usually lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of it, this causes inflammation and scarring.
Due to the pain and discomfort associated with this condition, it can be very debilitating especially when it comes to exercise. Many women suffering from endometriosis commonly experience increased amounts of pain while exercising especially when going through the menstruation phase of the menstrual cycle. The increased pain associated with exercise discourages many women to exercise, this can lead to a very sedentary lifestyle which may in turn cause other health complications such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Common side effects of Endometriosis
In addition to pain, endometriosis can cause fatigue and muscle weakness, making it difficult to maintain an exercise routine. Women with endometriosis may experience low energy levels, making it difficult to find the motivation to exercise.
Exercising with Endometriosis
Despite this, exercise can actually be very beneficial for women with endometriosis. Exercise is not a cure for endometriosis but it can certainly help with some of the symptoms associated with it. Regular exercise can help to reduce stress levels, improve mood, and increase energy levels. It can also help to manage pain and inflammation associated with the condition and help to restore strength in the pelvic floor.
When exercising with endometriosis, it is important to listen to your body and adjust your routine accordingly. Women with endometriosis may need to modify their exercise routine to avoid triggering pain or discomfort. This may involve reducing the intensity or duration of workouts, or focusing on low-impact activities such low intensity strength training, stretching, yoga or swimming.
endometriosis can have a significant impact on a woman's ability to exercise. However, with proper management and modifications to your routine, it is possible to maintain an active lifestyle and manage the symptoms of the condition. Consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise routine, and remember to listen to your body and adjust your routine as needed.
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