What is endometriosis?

Heard of endometriosis but don’t know much about it? You're not alone. 

If someone close to you has been diagnosed with endometriosis, we’re sure that you'll want to know the ins and outs of the condition and be there to offer support! 

It's hard to imagine what endo challenges are like when you don’t suffer from the condition yourself!  But don’t worry, we’ve pulled together a few key pointers on endo symptoms and how you can help. 

Did you know 1 in 10 women of reproductive age in the UK suffer from endometriosis, and it's the second most common gynaecological condition in the UK? It’s definitely a lot more common than you think!

 

What is Endometriosis? 

Endometriosis is a long-term chronic condition where endometrium-like tissue grows outside the uterus, usually on the ovaries and fallopian tubes. (FYI - endometrium is the tissue that lines the uterus).

Each month, the body’s hormones change instructing all endometrium tissue to shed, including the endometrium-like tissue outside the uterus. Unlike a period, the tissue outside the womb bleeds but can’t escape and becomes trapped in the pelvis, causing painful symptoms.

Endometriosis can take years to diagnose. On average, it takes 7.5 years from the onset of symptoms to get a diagnosis! 

 

What are the symptoms of endometriosis?

Topline: endometriosis is much more than bad period cramps and pain. 

Although symptoms can vary from person to person, the condition can really affect someone’s daily routine:

 

  • Painful menstrual cramps that stop you from doing your everyday activities.
  • Irregular and ultra-heavy periods
  • Deep pain during or after sex
  • Pelvic pain which usually gets worse during your period
  • Spotting between menstrual cycle
  • Difficulty getting pregnant, or infertility 
  • Painful bowel movements. In rare cases, blood may be found in stools
  • Endo Belly (feeling sick and digestive problems such as diarrhea, constipation, and bloating) 
  • The overall emotional impact 

 

What can I do to help someone with endometriosis? 

Now you know a bit more about endometriosis, you’re probably wondering how you can be there for your friend or someone in your family with the condition. Researching and finding out about endo is a great starter, but here are a few ways to go the extra mile:

 

  • Reassure your friend or relative that you’re there for them if they need someone to talk to.
  • Ask if they have any trigger foods that can cause their endo to flare up and keep this in mind when booking a table or cooking for them. 
  • Be understanding if they cancel plans last minute. 
  • Create an endo self-care package with heat packs, bath salts, and foods they love.
  • Be open and ask if there’s anything you can do to help with their symptoms and challenges. 

 

What treatment or support is available for endometriosis? 

Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for endometriosis but there is medication to help soothe symptoms, such as painkillers, hormone treatments, and surgery. You can find out more here.

If you suffer from endo, check out the charity Endometriosis UK if you haven’t already. It has a great online community, helpline, and a directory of local support groups.  

At Bloom & Nora, we strive to help everyone have a positive period and we understand that endometriosis can almost make this impossible! So, we know how important it is to find the right period product to suit you.

Period pads are the most pain-free option for endometriosis, but some disposables don't offer the leak protection and comfort needed for those who need it most. 

Our Bloom & Nora reusable period pads are super soft, ultra-absorbent, and contain no nasty chemicals. So, if you find that disposable pads don’t quite cut it when it comes to your period, then reusable pads could be the ones for you!

Our Maxi and Mighty range offer ultimate absorbency, perfect for those ultra-heavy days and to keep you leak and worry-free! Did you know our Maxi range is three times more absorbent than disposables? That's pretty good going, right?

So, if you’re searching for the perfect period pad, check out our vibrant and colourful range now.