All in ENDOLIFESTYLE

Coping with Painful Sex and Endometriosis

I couldn't talk about self-love all week without addressing painful sex, and I also wanted to do it from a place that was as inclusive as possible. Not all of us are in a loving relationship, and not all of us want to be, not all of us are in a safe relationship, or have safe associations with sex. There's a lot to it.

So over on Endometriosis News I've started addressing this issue as best I can, making suggestions for safe sex, improving your experience of sex and hopefully reducing painful sex. I'm not an expert, but I do link to some professionals in the column, so I hope this helps in some way!

How Can We Love Our Bodies More, Even With Endometriosis?

I know how hard it is to love our bodies when we experience so much pain through it. It's all well and good saying we need to love ourselves more, but how do we even start on that journey, when we feel so much detachment or even hatred towards it? So this week, to celebrate Valentine's Day, I've written about how we can love our bodies more, even with endometriosis, over on Endometriosis News.

Managing Endometriosis with The Endo Toolkit Online Program by Jessica Murnane

Jessica Murnane has launched Know Your Endo, a comprehensive, simple and concrete platform for endometriosis awareness, education and support. Alongside that, she's running The Endo Toolkit online program, which supports anyone with endometriosis to learn about their disease and the best ways to manage it for them. There's expert advice, live sessions and a community page.

Enrolling on a course can sometimes feel like a big commitment, either financially or time wise. So I decided to chat with Jess to give you the low down on her course, so you can decide if it's good for you.

Managing Endometriosis in 2018

I've written a piece for Endometriosis News on how you can spend some time working on your endometriosis experiences of 2017 and how you can move towards how you want to feel in 2018. This takes you through three stages you can use you reflect and set new intentions.

Living with Endometriosis: The Homeless Period

Living with endometriosis is challenging, even with a roof over your head, but how must it feel to be homeless, have endometriosis and not have any access to sanitary producst?

The government provide condoms to homeless men in shelters, but not sanitary towels - in fact, razors are more available to homeless men than sanitary products are to women. So the Homeless Period are petitioning for the government to do the same for females and are encouraging people to get involved.

Living with PTSD

Usually I try to write positive posts, that are real and honest and express my difficulties, but also show you a way out, a step in the right direction. Today I can't promise I can provide that, but perhaps just sharing this will help some feel less alone. As it's Mental Health Awareness Week, of all times, this is the best time to be honest.

Endometriosis Education: Endometriosis in Teenagers

The WOW festival is a UK based festival that empowers women from all cultures and backgrounds to discuss global issues affecting women today and to encourage unity and progress. One of the highlights for me was the Teens Talk Back panel, a group of four adolescent girls discussing feminism and the impact of sexism on their lives as teenagers. This inspiring team of young girls had been pushing and campaigning for compulsory sex and relationship education in schools; yet when I asked them about endometriosis, I received a blank response. These knowledgeable young girls who knew so much about the discrimination and inequality they and thousands of other girls are facing, and who had fought for sex education in schools, had never heard the word.

I don't blame them. How and why would they know? There's barely any sex education in schools as it is and most of us only receive an endometriosis education when we wake up in a hospital bed and are told we have it.

Creative Healing Through Soul Art

Last week I had a pretty tough day at work thanks to anxiety. 

When 6pm hit, my body swept me off to She's Lost Control as fast as it could carry me (I have short legs, so it wasn't that fast). I was attending the lovely Lila Valentina's first workshop at SLC; Soul Art and couldn't wait to get creative around women who I really resonated with. The workshop was nothing short of divine creative feminine play and it was EXACTLY what I needed.