Fact: The unusual bloating of the lower belly along with abdominal and back pain, irritation, and discomfort is usually referred to as the occurrence of ‘endo belly’. You can notice your belly to be sticking out [even when you are not pregnant]. This swelling may last for weeks, days, or vanish within an hour or two.
The bulging of the belly is mostly associated with Endometriosis, a hormonal disorder. The reason I mentioned “mostly” is because, as per a study 94% of women with endometriosis showed endo belly but 66% of patients suffering from endometriosis didn’t have bulging belly symptoms.
The endo belly is a symptom of estrogen dominance.
Endometriosis And Endo belly Connection
The inner lining of the uterus grows and bleeds every month during your periods, the endometrial-like tissue which is located outside the uterus also bleeds. During your period these tissues bleed but the blood gets trapped inside your body- causing irritation, pain. Thus swelling of the belly aka “endo belly”.
In a single sentence; endometriosis is the internal bleeding taking place during the menstrual cycle and this blood cannot leave the body, and the body gets inflated.
Endometriosis Also Causes
Patients suffering from endometriosis not only encounter endo belly but also constipation, diarrhea, and gas pain.
Women with endo belly are more prone to Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).
Strictly Avoid & Why?
Say ‘No’ to processed foods, foods having gluten, dairy products, egg, soy, artificial sugar, red meat, alcohol, and caffeine.
Why: The above-mentioned foods are inflammatory foods and these can trigger both your bloat belly and belly pain. When you have an endo belly you have to deal with gastrointestinal issues and reduced digestion capacity. These foods are hard to digest and hence constipation might be knocking on your door.
Foods That Help
You should go with foods that go easy with your digestive system, which are packed with “good” bacteria and probiotics. Foods such as hot soup, hot tea, vegetable, apple cider vinegar, ginger, lemon tea.
Things That Might Help
- Exercise regularly. Don’t think that doing exercise will add up to your pain. Instead doing exercise will make you stronger and help you go through this session. Exercise will decrease your pain.
- Drink a lot of water.
- Relax as much as you can and avoid stress(you are not going to die).
- Wear stretchy and loose clothes. Prefer leggings with a loose top.
- Take a lower belly message, this will help you deal with the pain and make you feel comfortable.