How to manage endometriosis and irregular periods?

Comment gérer l'endométriose et règles irrégulières ?

Irregular cycles can be caused by many reasons: hormonal disorders, thyroid disorders,... among them: endometriosis and adenomyosis. Today, we are going to talk about endometriosis.

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition that affects 1 in 10 women and is characterized by the migration of uterine endometrial-like cells outside the uterine cavity. One of the first symptoms of endometriosis is pain, but it can also manifest itself through heavy periods, dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse) and irregular menstrual cycles. There are several types and stages of endometriosis. Remember that there are as many types of endometriosis as there are menstruating women, and each person experiences it differently. There is pelvic, ovarian and digestive endometriosis, but also adenomyosis, which is similar to endometriosis. It is often described as endometriosis inside the uterus. These are cells similar to endometriosis that insert themselves into the uterine muscle.

Irregular, heavy periods, how to live with them as well as possible?

One of the major problems women face when they have irregular cycles is having to deal with heavy and uncontrolled blood loss. Since menstruation can occur at any time, they use sanitary protection daily for several days. Sometimes, as a preventive measure, the use of conventional sanitary protection is done without any real blood loss. Using sanitary protection when you don't really need it can lead to fungal infections and allergies, especially when it comes to internal protection such as tampons.

Fortunately, there are solutions to alleviate this problem: Elia menstrual panties, which are made of healthy organic cotton. By choosing the right panties, Elia menstrual panties for light flows are suitable for daily use and will let your vagina breathe.

Is it dangerous to use sanitary protection daily?

It is not recommended to use intravaginal absorbent systems (tampons) when there is no blood flow.

The vaginal mucosa is very fragile, its PH can be disturbed by the use of absorbent pads (especially for disposable pads which contain many chemicals).

The vaginal microbiota (all the micro-organisms present in the vagina) helps limit infections, irritations, mycoses, in short all the inconveniences to which one can be subjected. However, by using hygienic protections on a daily basis, the microbiota can be unbalanced, and therefore favour gynaecological affections.

Bacteria, naturally present in the vagina, need oxygen to function properly and when we use sanitary protection (especially intravaginal), this limits the aeration of the vagina and favors the drying of the vaginal walls. This can lead to vaginal irritation, fungus, vaginal infections, and sometimes even urinary tract infections.

To limit these inconveniences, it is advised that if you suffer from irregular cycles and do not lose blood, you should choose non-absorbent organic cotton panties (if you feel comfortable with the idea of managing your flow), otherwise you can choose Elia absorbent panties for the day, and then at night wear flowing and fairly airy pyjamas.

If your periods are regular, you can of course wear your sanitary protection throughout your period without any contraindications.

If you experience irregular, heavy or painful periods, we encourage you to consult a health professional who can diagnose and determine the cause of these irregularities.

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