How to Endo
A Guide To Surviving And Thriving With Endometriosis
After years of dismissive doctors and misinformation, Bridget Hustwaite finally received a diagnosis for her intensely heavy periods, pulsing headaches and the excruciating abdominal pain that makes her ovaries feel like they are on fire. She has endometriosis - hard to pronounce, hard to diagnose and even harder to live with.
Two excision surgeries and one thriving endo Instagram community later, Bridget knows firsthand how much personal research and self-advocating endo sufferers have to do just to have their pain acknowledged. With her trademark enthusiasm, Bridget has blended her own experience with a raft of tips and strategies from health experts and endo warriors to help you thrive whenever you can, and survive on days when you just can't. Covering everything from diet to acupuncture, fertility to mental health, and surgery to sex, How to Endo is the essential guide to navigating this sucker punch of a chronic illness.
Inspiring, vivacious and completely honest, Bridget's book is for everyone on the endo spectrum: the battle-hardened warriors, the newly diagnosed and those still searching for answers.
'Compassionate, informed, inclusive. This is a book generations of endo sufferers have been crying out for.' Zara McDonald, co-founder of the Shameless podcast
'Sensitive, inclusive and eminently readable . . .Essential reading for anyone with endometriosis and those who love them.' Gabrielle Jackson, author of Pain and Prejudice
'An essential to add to your endometriosis management toolbox.' Jessica Taylor, QENDO
Figuring Out 30 podcaster Hustwaite debuts with a candid if uneven account of her struggle with endometriosis. After 12 years of suffering through painful periods and excruciating sex, Hustwaite was finally diagnosed with the chronic and painful condition in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside of it. Hustwaite advises readers on finding a specialist (and notes that in just one year, her out-of-pocket medical costs totaled more than $11,000), the benefits of physical therapy (which can help with pelvic pain), and dealing with mental health (grief, anxiety, and guilt are par for the course, she explains). She also offers tips for sex ("penetration isn't the only pleasure") and nutrition (the Mediterranean diet "may be beneficial"), and busts "endo myths," such as the false notions that birth control can treat the condition. Hustwaite touts the power of social media, which taught her more than "any medical professional," and while her upbeat tone is a balm, the apps, medical practitioners, and accreditation standards she suggests will be most relevant to the author's fellow Australians. American readers will find the personal narrative stronger than the advice.