“Sexual pleasure is a sore topic for many individuals living with chronic illness—this is especially true for people with endometriosis. This is because, for many of us, sex almost always results in pain, and not in a good way.”

What Is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a chronic condition in which uterine lining-like tissue grows outside of the uterus. This tissue can grow literally anywhere in the body, so it is not just a pelvic area issue, it is a WHOLE body issue as it has been found to grow in other areas of the body! These lining-like tissues are still made to break down like they normally would during menstruation, but because there is no place for it to go, it can cause inflammation, scars, lots of pain and more. Currently there is no cure for endometriosis, but it is treatable and some of it comes in the form of using toys as pleasure tools!

Toys As Pleasure Tools

playboy jewels double glass probe
Playboy Jewels Double Glass Probe

For someone with endometriosis, it is usually penetration that is painful if not completely unbearable. However, someone with a vagina may not way to shy away from penetrative sex. If that is the case, you can use something like the GoodHead Helping Hand as a stopper to prevent your partner from going in too deep. Another thing that may help while with a partner(s), is using a sex positioner. Some research has shown that elevating hips can help alleviate the pain involved in penetration or other types of partnered and solo pleasure. Using air pulse or suction toys and other toys that can stimulate the clitoris can be super beneficial to someone who experiences pain during sexual activity. One final type of product that can be helpful even if not used for play is glass dildos! When chilled, you can use them to help reduce inflammation by gentle inserting them, especially during menstruation.

There is so much more that can come with treating endometriosis, but simple modifications or using toys with intention can absolutely help with pain management!

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