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Endometriosis (pronounced en- doh – mee – tree – oh – sis) is the name given to a condition where cells similar to the ones in the lining of the womb (uterus) are found elsewhere in the body. According to a study in 2011 it takes 7.5 years from on set of symptoms to be diagnosed with endometriosis. I can vouch for the fact it takes a long time as someone who lives with endometriosis it took me 5 years to be diagnosed and get an operation to remove some of the cells which caused me so much pain. I feel lucky it wasn’t 7!

Before I was diagnosed with endometriosis, I had never heard of it, as soon as I found out I had it several people I knew, it turned out, also had it including both my stepsisters. A study by Rogers PA, D’Hooghe TM, Fazleabas A, et al in 2009 highlighted 10% of women worldwide have the condition a whopping 1.5 million women, a similar number suffer from diabetes, yet this condition seems rather unknown unless you have it or have a friend who has it.

As someone who lives with this difficult condition the effect on my daily life can go from manageable pain to, especially around my period, not being able to stand. Research suggests that it costs the UK economy £8.3bn a year in treatment, loss of work and healthcare costs.

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So how can Pilates help you if you have endometriosis?

One of the things I find really helps my symptoms is exercise, so I wanted to share with you this little Pilates routine you can do to try and relieve some of your discomfort.

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