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Can orgasms really help with Endometriosis pain?


Can you really masturbate your way to pain relief? Read on to discover more...

What is endometriosis? 

If you experience discomfort every month that goes above and beyond period pain, it’s worth getting checked out for endometriosis. This common but uncomfortable condition affects as many as 10% of women, and is characterised by tissue similar to the lining of the womb growing in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.

Symptoms of endometriosis include pain in your lower belly or back, severe period cramps and pain during or after penetrative sex. But don’t be dismayed by this news. Double-clicking your mouse (AKA masturbation) is a great way to relieve endometriosis discomfort and it’s a little known fact that orgasms can help with pain. And let's be honest, who needs any more excuses to indulge in a bit of self-pleasure?

 Endometriosis Awareness Month

To celebrate Endometriosis Awareness Month we’re here to share some sensual news. While endo can be a difficult condition to live with, you don’t have to turn your back on your sex life. In fact, research shows that orgasms can actually relieve endometriosis pain and make the condition easier to live with. Hands up who’s ready to get busy and learn the art of self-pleasure?

Why orgasms can cause pain for people with Endometriosis

Admittedly some women with endo experience pain during or after sex as a result and penetrative sex can be particularly challenging. However, timing is everything. You're most likely to have painful symptoms before or during your period, so time it right and you can use your orgasm power to your advantage for pain-free waves of pleasure.

It’s also worth noting that endo doesn’t typically subside on its own, so if you’re in constant pain or experience acute pain after orgasm then make an urgent appointment with your healthcare provider. But if your discomfort tends to be cyclical or penis–related, we might just have the solution and it involves a selection of sex toys for women. Can I get an amen? 

How orgasms can relieve pain

We all know orgasms are fun but there’s some science behind this sexy discovery too. Having an orgasm releases endorphins, which make you feel good. Endorphins just happen to naturally alleviate pain, so treating yourself to an orgasm (or three) when you’re menstruating (or at any time you fancy some fun) can help to relieve period pain and make everything feel better.

 Masturbation can be more comfortable

The secret to great solo sex is to treat yourself the way you want to be treated by your lover, with absolute respect and adoration. Grab those throws and cozy up your space. Comfort also plays a key role, so get cosy and relaxed before you get started to set the mood, and your orgasms will be more likely to flow. Have a warm bath, plump up the pillows, dim the lights and get ready to explore yourself. Trust us, it’s for science.

Check out more about how to set up your space in preparation for seduction.

 Why internal orgasm can feel more painful than external

Some women with endo struggle with penetration, but that shouldn't be an obstacle to your pleasure. Focus on your clit instead and you’ll be writhing around in pleasure in a jiffy. And once you’re nice and relaxed from all that clit stimulation so your natural juices are flowing, you might find it easier to slip something small (or large) inside and see how it feels. 

Women with endometriosis will typically have pain upon deeper thrusting

If you’re enjoying partnered sex and you’re turned on, lubed up and ready for action but you still find it uncomfortable, make sure he eases off with the thrusting. Deep penetration can be to blame so keep things shallow and clitoral-focused for maximum pleasure all round.

External toys

If you have endometriosis you might have assumed that vaginal sex toys are off the market. But the key to enjoying great sex when you suffer from endo is to invest in the right kit.

Clit vibes

This dinky sex toy is more targeted than a clit sucker, but the Luminous lyra promises to deliver powerful vibes straight to your most sensitive parts so you’ll be climaxing all over the place and bathing in the sensual endorphin glow.


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Shallow dildos

Fans of penetration will be pleased to hear you can still enjoy that “full” feeling when you have endo, you just need the right tool for the job. The Playboy shallow is a vibrator that will fill you in all the right ways without going too deep, and promises to put your pleasure centre-stage. Wave goodbye to endo pain and say hello to the most powerful orgasms of your life.

Ring My Bell

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