Using Natural Cycles with Endometriosis

What is endometriosis?
Your endometrium is the lining of blood that builds up on the uterine walls every cycle due to your body's natural hormonal changes. If no egg implants into the endometrium, it will break down and become your period. However, if it is fertilized, the endometrium grows thicker and protects and nourishes the growing fetus.

Endometriosis is where the lining of blood is also found outside your uterus. Areas that are most commonly involved are your ovaries, bowel or the tissue lining your pelvis.

During the menstruation stage of your cycle, endometriosis cells react similarly to your healthy endometrial cells because hormones also stimulate them to grow, break down and bleed. Therefore this causes internal bleeding that can lead to irritation, inflammation, pain, and the formation of scar tissue (adhesions).

Symptoms of endometriosis vary during the menstrual cycle, where they are often worse on the days before and during your period.

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Can I use Natural Cycles with my endometriosis?

You can always track your cycles and symptoms with Natural Cycles Prevent. Here is a quick checklist on what to think of if you know you have endometriosis and want to start with Natural Cycles:

• If you’re not on any hormonal treatment for your endometriosis, Natural Cycles will work as normal.

• If  you have bleedings in between your period, enter these as "spotting" and not "menstruation", as the menstruation bleeding starts a new cycle.

• If you use painkillers during your experienced symptoms you will be OK as long as you have had a full nights sleep since you took your last pill.

• If you use painkillers in the middle of the night at any time, skip measuring the following morning, as the painkillers might affect your basal body temperature.