“Endometriosis has a significant negative impact on the lives of women, and current medical treatments often do not give sufficient pain relief or have intolerable side effects for many women. The majority of women with primary dysmenorrhea use self-management strategies (including self-care techniques or lifestyle choices) to help manage period related symptoms, but little is known about self-management in women with endometriosis.
The aim of this survey was to determine the prevalence of use, safety, and self-rated effectiveness of common forms of self-management.
Cannabis, heat, hemp/CBD oil, and dietary changes were the most highly rated in terms of self-reported effectiveness in pain reduction. Physical interventions such as yoga/Pilates, stretching, and exercise were rated as being less effective.
Self-management was very commonly used by women with endometriosis and form an important part of self-management.
Women using cannabis reported the highest self-rated effectiveness.”