We're here to discuss a topic close to my heart (or my vagina ! HA ! ) : Endometriosis. Brace yourself! This is going to be a heck of a long article ! Exciting, huh ?
As you may already know, I was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2019. To be honest, it wasn't much of a surprise. I'd been experiencing excruciating pain since my first period. That's to say, a while back !
I'm going to share with you my struggles with endometriosis.
I'm sure some of you are familiar with it and maybe a few suffer from it as well?
If so, I feel your pain, literally!
What does endometriosis do to you ?
The effects of endometriosis vary from one person to the next. The only unifying fact : it impacts people with vaginas !
However, there are a number of common symptoms :
I suffer heavy menstruation, painful intercourse, pelvic pain and menstrual cramps.
Could be worse, right ? TMI ? Sorry !
Who does this concern and what are the stats ?
- 1 in 10 women suffer from endometriosis. This is solely based on women who've been tested. This figure is reckoned to be much higher!
- 70% of diagnosed women suffer from severe chronic pain, some need morphine just to get out of bed in the morning.
- 40% of diagnosed women will have difficulties conceiving.
- Number of cures = 0. But there are "alternative" treatments (like the birth control pill) and labs are working on a cure ! THERE IS HOPE !!
So now that we've discussed everything about endometriosis EXCEPT what it is; let's deep dive (definitely not the best visual, sorry!).
WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS ?
**I understand this is A LOT to take in ! I needed a min to wrap my head around it the first time I heard about endometriosis. You're not alone ! **
Endometriosis is a chronic condition, caused by the development of islets of tissue similar to that of the endometrium (uterine lining). Say what ?
This endometrial tissue develops outside the uterus in the form of lesions. They can spread and attach to various organs such as the ovaries, tubes, rectum (yep trying to stay polite, but definitely the butt!), bladder, diaphragm...
Here is what it could look like :
Every month, during your period, micro-bleeds occur in these lesions. The blood accumulating inside the abdomen cannot be eliminated and undergoes a progressive degradation. This releases enzymes responsible for the intense inflammatory reaction that leads to those horrible cramps.
There are no agreed upon causes for endometriosis, only hypotheses that have yet to be proven. I won't go into detail on this. If you'd like to read more on these, here are a couple of great links :
- Endometriosis: What causes it and how is it treated?
- Endometriosis.org : causes
- Endometriosis, Planned Parenthood
How to alleviate the symptoms of endometriosis ?
As mentioned, there is currently no cure for this condition, but we do have alternatives to help us.
I've been taking the birth control pill and it's definitely alleviated my pains. By partially stopping the bleeding, it's helped me lead an easier, more normal life ! That's a win !
Also, following the advice of a number of articles, blogs and testimonials, I changed my diet. There again, nothing has been confirmed, but consuming little to none of these foods has definitely helped me :
- Processed sugar (cookies, sweets ...)
- Saturated fats (Red meat...)
- Alcohol (Wine please !)
- Coffee (Yep, I've cut back on usual 3-4 daily cups, down to 1)
- Gluten and dairy (As a proud and stereotypical French woman, how can you do this to me ? I need my baguette, my cheese and my butter !)
What's left to eat ? Well, great thing we have so many vegan friends !!! They've introduced me to delicious recipes that fit with my new diet.
How does endometriosis have anything to do with Peachyness ?
Well, taking the pill means also having to deal with its side effects. For me, it was... (occasional) vaginal dryness.
I started looking for products that would relieve my vulva. I was pretty particular. I didn't want to resort to a medical treatment as the dryness wasn't too bad, and I didn't want the product to contain hormones and nasty ingredients.
I was looking for an organic, vegan & eco-friendly option - why not try and care for the planet as well, right ? - that I could apply often, even daily when the dryness was more persistent.
I had the hardest time finding it. And that's how the idea of Peachyness was born. A Vulva Balm that:
- Relieves irritation, redness, dryness, and chafing.
- Is made from a short list of Organic ingredients
- Lists ingredients we're familiar with ! (We shouldn't have to study biochemistry to know what we're applying to our bodies !)
- Can be applied as often as your face cream !
And TADAAAA, introducing the VIVA BALM !
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Just in case you want a little more info on the endo vocab :
Uterus: Main organ of the female reproductive system: it is a hollow muscular organ intended to receive the fertilized egg and to expel it when it has reached maturity. The gestation organ.
Endometrium: Mucosa lining the cavity of the uterus. The development and regeneration of the endometrium requires the action of two hormones secreted by the ovary: oestrogen and progesterone.
Adenomyosis: Endometriosis known as “internal” and localized in the myometrium.
Myometrium: muscular wall of the uterus
Because a video is worth a thousand words (for our french speaking audience):
And that's a wrap Peaches !
So excited you stayed with me through out this long read.
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