I’ve struggled with Endometriosis for 12 years, to the point where I am even now fighting doctors for the proper treatment and surgery I need. Because of the difficulty I’ve had finding doctors who will take me seriously, I’ve been forced to take matters into my own hands.
Supplements have been so helpful for me- one has even taken my periods down from over a week to only four days. Although I’m constantly trying new things, these are the ride or die supplements I’ve been on for years. Everyone’s body is different, but I highly recommend that anyone who is curious gives these a try.
Note: I use only vegan-friendly supplements. Plenty of options can be found online, and I normally shop at my local Holland and Barrett. I’ll have what I take linked below.
I originally started taking B12 to combat the tiredness and fatigue I experience from being in constant pain. Now, if I miss more than a couple of days in a row, I feel the difference. Does it completely relieve my fatigue? No. But I’ve taken it for years and I know that it’s not just a placebo effect. B12 is also crucial for a healthy brain and immune system- and who wants to get sick, especially if you have a chronic illness?
Vitamin D3 is supposed to mimic the energy we naturally get from the sun. When I first moved to England [for a six month stint,] I took a huge bottle with me. That was in 2016, and I haven’t looked back since. It helps my mental health, especially during darker months. It’s also an amazing immune system supporter, and I thank D3 and B12 for the fact that I almost never get sick.
Turmeric is more of a spice than a supplement I suppose, but is packed with antioxidants. I add it to curries and smoothies, and I also drink turmeric teas. I discovered this powerhouse when I was searching for ways to beat the dreaded endo-belly, which is bloating and inflammation most people with Endometriosis experience. If I have a little of this spice every day, I notice that my endo-belly decreases. I also got my grandmother to try it, who has significant knee pain, and she notices a difference when she takes it as well.
Magnesium citrate isn’t something I need to take every day anymore, but I keep it on rotation just in case. It works by relaxing your bowels and pulling water into your intestines. Sounds gross, I know, but it’s far more comfortable than taking a laxative! When I find that I need a boost in that area, I take some magnesium, drink even more water than usual, and consume lots of fruit. The combination helps immeasurably but when all else fails, this baby doesn’t. It’s also a great one to take on trips. Eating while traveling can wreak havoc on your digestion, and taking one of these a day for a week before and while your on your holiday is a real lifesaver.
evening primrose oil
Evening Primrose Oil is my holy grail. I’ve taken it every day for the last four years at least. I stumbled across it when searching for natural ways to help me with my extremely heavy periods and generally alleviate my Endometriosis symptoms. After taking it for about 6-8 months, my periods decreased from over a week to only four days. I’ve never had a period that short in my life. In addition to diminishing the time, it also lessened the amount, and now I have short, light periods. Are they pain free? No. But I’m never pain free, and I’ll take what I can get.
And as if all that wasn’t enough, it’s also great for your hair, skin, and nails. I’m blessed with good genes in this area, but they’ve never been healthier.
Hopefully you find this helpful. Please remember that I’m not a doctor, just someone who has discovered what works for my body through trial and error. Always speak to a professional if you have any concerns about how taking supplements will affect you or any medication you’re on. If you have any questions for me, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!
What I take: