New research on endometriosis reveals yoga reduces pain and improves quality of life.
A randomized control trial was performed in Brazil, looking at the use of Hatha Yoga to treat pain caused by endometriosis.
The goal of the study was to evaluate chronic pelvic pain, menstrual patterns, and quality of life.
There were two groups: one group of 28 women practiced yoga and one group of 12 women did not practice yoga. The program consisted of a 90-minute class they attended twice a week for two months.
The results of the study were exciting!
Results of the study
Pain decreased in the group who practiced yoga. This reduction in daily pain was statistically significantly (p= 0.0007).
Quality of life improved, as documented by a participant questionnaire, was also statistically significant. There was no change in menstrual patterns that was able to be accurately drawn.
This study demonstrates the efficacy of using a yoga practice to reduce the day-to-day chronic pelvic pain that many women suffer from who have been diagnosed with endometriosis.
Using yoga as an aspect of a holistic treatment plan allows for a woman with endometriosis to have a tool that is safe, portable, and effective in improving quality of life.
For ideas on yoga postures for endometriosis, visit my previous post on how to use yoga for endometriosis.
Reference: Gonçalves AV, Barros NF, Bahamondes L. The Practice of Hatha Yoga for the Treatment of Pain Associated with Endometriosis. J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Jan;23(1):45-52. doi: 10.1089/acm.2015.0343. Epub 2016 Nov 21.