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Endometriosis and Exercise

Endometriosis is a common but sadly not often spoken about condition where uterine-like cells grow on the bladder and other pelvic organs. In Australia it affects 1 in 10 women, with an average of 7 - 10 years of symptoms before a diagnosis is made. While the symptoms of Endometriosis can be painful it is very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and exercise regularly. We here at The Movement Therapy Group are here to help you. There are many ways to exercise without aggravating the pelvic pain often associated with Endometriosis.  

While surgery and medication are the most common forms of treatment for Endometriosis, exercise may also be helpful. Regular exercise helps to reduce oestrogen levels within the body. As the aim of general Endometriosis treatment is to reduce oestrogen levels, exercise may slow the rate of uterine-like cell growth.  Some medications for Endometriosis also reduce oestrogen levels. These medications may also reduce the amount of calcium your bones absorb, making them weaker. Exercise increases bone mineral density which helps to strengthen bones and counteract the effects of these medications.

Pelvic pain is often experienced by women with Endometriosis and can severely impact daily living. Moderate intensity exercise for 10 minutes or more causes the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the bodies feel good hormone, they improve mood and act as a natural pain reliever. Many women find exercise helps them manage their pain, and improve their ability to complete day-to-day tasks. Exercise is also a wonderful way to help relax and reduce stress. Yoga and walking are both excellent options.


Not only does exercise assist with managing Endometriosis, it also helps improve your general health and wellbeing. Did you know exercise can:

  • Reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  • Improve mood, reducing depression and anxiety
  • Assist with weight management
  • Increase energy levels 

So what type of exercise is required to gain these benefits? Ideally you should complete 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 5 days per week, such as walking, and strength training 2 - 3 times per week.  An Accredited Exercise Physiologist is trained to prescribe safe exercises to improve health without increasing pelvic pain. Curious to learn more? We’d love to meet you and teach you how getting active can be great fun all while achieving amazing health benefits.

For more information or to book a consultation with our Women's Health Exercise Physiologist Bryannah check out our online bookings or call 0417 030 608 

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Our passionate team includes a Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Holistic Nutritionist and Massage Therapist. We love what we do and helping our clients get back to what they love. Call us on 0437 953 377 or 03 9010 5615 to book an appointment.

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