Try abdominal massage to soothe menstrual cramps due to endometriosis

If you have tried all other options for pain relief, try this one now.

Endometriosis is a condition wherein the inner lining of the uterus starts to grow outside the womb over the ovaries, fallopian tubes, the pelvic lining and other parts of the female reproductive system. It is known to affect women in their reproductive years and present with a lot of complications. It affects fertility and reduces one's chances of conception, considerably. This condition causes severe pelvic pain, painful intercourses, abnormal uterine bleeding, painful menstruation, etc. However, the most devastating of all is facing the menstrual cramps during periods. Here are five lifestyle changes that you can make to manage endometriosis.

For some women who are suffering from endometriosis, the pain could be so bad that it can make them bedridden. There are various pain relief options women sort to get relief from dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation due to endometriosis. The Iran Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research in the year 2010 mentioned that massage therapy is one of the most effective and safe ways to get relief from menstrual pains. Here are 10 home remedies to beat period pain with ease.

Since endometriosis has no cure the doctors resort to surgical or other medical processes to help women bear children, reduce the symptoms and help with a better quality of life despite the existing condition. But surgical and medical interventions come with their own side-effects. Massage therapy, on the other hand, helps to reduce uterine spasm and cervix cohesion without any side effect.

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The study took into account 30 women aged between 15 to 49 years suffering from dysmenorrhea or painful periods due to endometriosis who did not suffer from any other illness. The massage therapy technique consisted of pressuring 24 specific point of the abdomen and 10 points on the sacrum each one for two minutes while hands keep moving on the abdomen, sides, and sacrum. Effects of massage on various points of abdominal and pelvic soft tissues showed that this procedure reduces the pelvic pains, in addition, to increase fertility in women who are infertile. Here are five common reasons for female infertility that you should know about.

The study concluded that massage therapy can be a fitting method to reduce the menstrual pain caused by endometriosis.

So, if you or anyone you know suffer from menstrual cramps during periods due to endometriosis, can try massage therapy to soothe self. The best part about this practice is it has no noted side-effects. However, if you are allergic to certain oils (herbal or aromatherapy oils) don t use them on your abdomen. Use massage oil that would not react adversely with your skin or give you allergies.


Valiani, M., Ghasemi, N., Bahadoran, P., & Heshmat, R. (2010). The effects of massage therapy on dysmenorrhea caused by endometriosis. Iranian journal of nursing and midwifery research, 15(4), 167.

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