During the month of June I am highlighting women's health by sharing the unique, personal stories that we do not normally sit down to talk about. The good, the bad, and the ugly are equally as important to talk about if we want to understand something. Why women's health would be any different is beyond me.
If you missed the first post about my personal diagnoses (PCOS and endometriosis), you can read it here. I go more in-depth about what the conditions are and how they affect my body on a given day. Below is a quick, accessible list of tips I have created to go in tandem with the article.
Zoey’s cheat sheet for dealing with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis:
Probiotics – I used Love Wellness’ “Good Girl Probiotic” and swear by it! Gut health is important for overall well-being, but this brand is specifically geared toward women (and it is woman-owned!)
Tylenol paired with Advil. I cannot sit here and confirm that this is the “healthiest” combination, but it helps take the edge off serious pain. It has been confirmed that it is safe, so long as you take the accurate dosage.
Heating pad, heating pad, heating pad. If at any point you see me in my bed, odds are I am laying on the heating pad. I swear by this tactic so much so that it has turned into a routine for me. Even on the days that I am not in pain, I associate added warmth with comfort and relaxation.
Join the conversation with other women who have the condition. It can be hard to feel heard and recognized when you have a condition that does frequently show physical symptoms. A good way to stay sane is to talk with other people who live through similar experiences. I joined a chatroom on myendometriosisteam.com where I find answers to a lot of my questions, as well as encouragement from other women who reassure me there are ways to cope and heal.
Trust your body. This one is easier said than done because the pain can be so debilitating for such prolonged periods of time. It is easy to try to keep pushing through the day, even though, we inevitably crash. Setting aside time to relax, or even sending one less email for work can be the sigh of relief you needed. The work cannot be done if you are not alive to do it. Rest! I have recently gotten into “Yoga with Adriene” videos on YouTube. It allows me time to stretch and meditate in the privacy of my home.
If you, or someone you know, also battle with PCOS and endometriosis please feel free to leave your tips and tricks to overcome the hard days. Additionally, I am asking that if you do not have the money to donate to continued endometriosis research, please share this post with others so that more energy is put into something that so many women suffer from.