It was out pleasure to donate 25% of our online sales on Giving Tuesday 2021 to The Endometriosis Foundation of America (EndoFound)
According to the EndoFound website:
“Donations to this foundation support their mission of increasing disease recognition, providing advocacy, facilitating expert surgical training , and funding landmark endometriosis research. In fact, just recently representatives from EndoFound had a briefing with members of Congress to ‘UpEndo” by increasing research and funding. Many of the leading voices on endometriosis awareness shared their powerful, personal journeys, as well as opportunities to make a difference in endometriosis advocacy on Capitol Hill."
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to the inner lining of the uterus, also known as the endometrium, is found outside its normal location, where the tissue should not be. This may result in inflammation, as the tissue even outside the uterus will respond to the monthly fluctuations of the menstrual cycle.
The disease affects 1 in 10 reproductive-aged individuals (aged 12-52) - an estimated 200 million women worldwide - and many often experience a decade-long delay in diagnosis. No known exact cause of endometriosis, and there is no cure.
Where can endometriosis be found?
Generally, endometriosis is found in the pelvic cavity. It can attach to any of the female reproductive organs including, but not limited to, the outside of the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, uterosacral ligaments, peritoneum, and any of the spaces between the bladder, uterus, and vagina. Endometriosis can also involve other areas including the large and small bowel, appendix, diaphragm, lungs, and rectum.
Who is affected by endometriosis?
Endometriosis affects people mostly in their reproductive years and can even affect adolescents who have just started to have their periods.
The disease can impact all aspects of life—school, career, finances, relationships, and overall well-being. The symptoms may be so severe that individuals miss out on school, work, sports, or social events.
What are the most common symptoms of endometriosis?
· Painful periods
· Long periods
· Periods with heavy bleeding
· Bowel and urinary disorders
· Nausea and/or vomiting
· Pain during sexual activities
· Chronic fatigue
Many women with endometriosis suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction and dyspareunia ( painful intercourse). Seeing a Pelvic Floor Therapist can be a great resource as these therapist have advanced special training to address these issues.
How can Soul Source products help?
Silicone Dilators:The Soul Source Silicone dilators can be a helpful tool for women with endometriosis as progressive vaginal therapy can help retrain the pelvic floor. Women can learn how to relax and better control these muscles. Dilators can also be used to “warm up” the pelvic area by preparing the tissues and muscles for sexual play. https://www.soulsource.com/collections/silicone-vaginal-dilators
The Ohnut: Soul Source also carries an ingenious product called the Ohnut. The Ohnut acts as a buffer. It is worn by the penetrating partner and allows a women to control the depth of penetration during sex. https://www.soulsource.com/collections/sexual-health-products/products/ohnut-protector-rings
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