How to manage endometriosis and irregular periods?

Comment gérer l'endométriose et règles irrégulières ?
In collaboration with Estelle Bertrand, Physiotherapist

Relecture professionnelle

There are many reasons for irregular cycles: hormonal disorders, thyroid problems... including endometriosis and adenomyosis. Today, we're going to talk about endometriosis.

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition affecting 1 in 10 women, characterized by the migration of cells similar to those of the uterine endometrium outside the uterine cavity. One of the first symptoms of endometriosis is pain, but it can also manifest itself as heavy periods, dyspareunia (pain during 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: each person experiences it differently. There is pelvic endometriosis, ovarian endometriosis, digestive endometriosis and also adenomyosis, which is similar to endometriosis. It is often described as endometriosis internal to the uterus. These are endometriosis-like cells that insert themselves into the uterine muscle.

Irregular, heavy periods: what's the best way to cope?

One of the major problems women face when they have irregular cycles is having to deal with heavy, anarchic blood loss. Since menstruation can come at any time, they use sanitary protection every day for several days. Sometimes, as a preventive measure, conventional sanitary protection is used 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, made from healthy organic cotton. By choosing the right panties, Elia menstrual panties for light flows are suitable for everyday use and will let your vagina breathe.

Is it dangerous to use sanitary protection every day?

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

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

The vaginal microbiota (all the micro-organisms present in the vagina) helps to limit infections, irritations, mycoses - in short, all the discomforts to which we can be subject. However, with the daily use of sanitary protection products, the microbiota can become unbalanced, and thus promote gynaecological disorders.

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

To limit these inconveniences, if you suffer from irregular cycles and no blood loss, we recommend non-absorbent organic cotton panties (if you're comfortable with the idea of managing your flow). Otherwise, you can opt for Elia absorbent panties during the day, then wear flowing, fairly airy pyjamas at night.

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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