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Endometriosis & Exercise

Endometriosis is a common health condition and impacts over 700 000 Australians. It involves the growth of ‘endometrial-like tissue’ outside of the uterus, into other areas in the body where it doesn't belong. This results in symptoms such as; pelvic/lower back and abdominal pain, pain with intercourse, bowel movements or urination, excessive bleeding, fatigue, nausea and bloating. 

Exercise plays an important role in managing endometriosis as it reduces estrogen levels, increases anti-inflammatory and antioxidant markers within the body and can improve mental health and reduce stress levels. Exercise can also improve general cognitive function, protect against chronic diseases, improve quality of sleep and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. 

Both aerobic and resistance exercise are deemed safe and  beneficial to manage endometriosis. The current physical activity guidelines recommend maintaining or building up to 150 minutes of exercise per week of moderate intensity activity. 

An exercise physiologist trained in Women’s Health can help you manage endometriosis through helping you create an appropriate exercise plan.  Please give the clinic a call to start your exercise journey!