Tarot cards by Wren McMurdo Brignac (@wren_aissance on Instagram) available at Vespertine Boutique in Port Townsend. The boutique aims to create an inclusive safe space where people can learn and ask questions about sexual health.

Tarot cards by Wren McMurdo Brignac (@wren_aissance on Instagram) available at Vespertine Boutique in Port Townsend. The boutique aims to create an inclusive safe space where people can learn and ask questions about sexual health.

Understanding this common condition will help more women live pain free. Period.

One of the things we aspire to do at Vespertine is to raise awareness around sexual health while building an inclusive safe space where people can learn and ask questions. March was Endometriosis Awareness Month and several celebrities (including Padma Lakshmi, Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer) came forward, sharing their own personal stories and experiences with this disease.

“Awareness is everything,” Tamer Seckin, MD told Everyday Health. “In the ‘90s when I first began seeing patients, I realized that the pain that women experience during their periods was not believed in by doctors or loved ones. When I realized that the disease endometriosis was the reason behind these symptoms, I found a complete lack of interest about it.”

Dr. Seckin is an endometriosis excision specialist as well as cofounder of EndoFound with Padma Lakshmi. He also has said that “if it wasn’t for celebrities, this disease would not be on the front pages.”

Often referred to as “endo,” endometriosis is a condition that happens when tissue similar to the lining of a uterus (womb) grows outside of the uterus. When we found out that endometriosis affects about 200 million women worldwide, which is approximately 1 out of every 10 people with vulvas in the United States, we knew this was a topic we wanted to highlight at Vespertine.

The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, but other symptoms may include:

  • Painful periods
  • Pain in the lower abdomen before and during your period
  • Cramps for one or two weeks around your period
  • Heavy bleeding during or between periods
  • Infertility
  • Vaginal pain or discomfort sexual intimacy
  • Painful or uncomfortable bowel movements
  • Lower back pain any time during your menstrual cycle

Endometriosis.org explains that symptoms can also include mental health challenges like fatigue and mood swings. The site advocates for more education about the condition because the disease is often misdiagnosed or missed altogether. This is due to a general lack of awareness by both health care providers and people with uteruses due to the normalization of symptoms like pain during periods.

If you think you may have symptoms of endometriosis, finding a specialist is crucial to getting a proper diagnosis and treatment. Begin by reviewing your symptoms with your OB/GYN, or another trusted medical professional, so they can assist you with recommendations, referrals, and follow-up care. You deserve sexual health and wellness, and that includes regular check-ups and help with potential conditions. At Vespertine, we have a network of specialists in our Wellness Directory that can be a great place for you to start your search.

Once a specialist has been chosen, they will help you curate a program to help treat and/or alleviate symptoms. Because endo affects your pelvic floor muscles, when they don’t work right, you can experience even more pain. Pelvic floor exercises are sometimes recommended to help strengthen those muscles and one tool that can help with that is the Temperature Therapy Pelvic wand by Intimate Rose – a smooth and comfortable silicone wand that has optional warming or cooling therapy for pelvic pain and endometriosis symptoms. Pelvic floor PT and visceral manual therapy can help resolve or at the least alleviate the abdominal and visceral symptoms associated with endometriosis.

If you are experiencing pain during intercourse, your healthcare provider may recommend a product called OhNut – comfortable modular rings that people can customize that will act as a soft buffer during intercourse.

A spa day might be just what the doctor ordered. A back or abdomen massage can help ease your menstrual pain, both right after the massage and even more in the weeks after. Massages can help you beat stress, too. We have many massage oils that can help make your experience even better!

We don’t have all of the answers but we will tap into our network of specialists to help you find answers and products that will support you on whatever path you might be on. We are here to advocate for you and help you find a community of support.

Shop a wide selection of wardrobe, apothecary, physical therapy and pleasure products online or in store. Find Vespertine Boutique on Facebook, Instagram and at 914 Water St. in Port Townsend.

Jaime Jaynes, owner of Vespertine Boutique in Port Townsend.

Jaime Jaynes, owner of Vespertine Boutique in Port Townsend.

The news and editorial staff of Sound Publishing, Inc. had no role in the preparation of this post. The views and opinions expressed in this sponsored post are those of the advertiser and do not reflect those of Sound Publishing, Inc.

Sound Publishing, Inc. does not accept liability for any loss or damages caused by the use of any products, nor do we endorse any products posted in our Marketplace.

More in Local Marketplace

To help reduce barriers to care, especially for community members who live in remote areas, Jefferson Healthcare is developing a mobile health clinic.
Jefferson Healthcare developing mobile health clinic

At Jefferson Healthcare, we’re always looking for ways to make high-quality care… Continue reading

Financial education is a cornerstone of the credit union’s approach. Upon opening an account, new members maybe eligible to receive a $500 credit card along with comprehensive guidance on how to use their credit responsibly.
New citizens find financial inclusivity with Peninsula Credit Union

Navigating new systems and cultures can be challenging; the right services make all the difference

Rick Ross’s winning 2023 photo from the Proudly PNW photo contest. Courtesy First Fed
Enter the First Fed Photo Contest

First Fed is hosting their annual Proudly PNW photo contest to celebrate… Continue reading

Sequim Valley Chapel is one of only three locations that offer full-service funeral options in Sequim Valley.
Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel recommends advance funeral planning amid rising costs

Advance planning protects your family from rising inflation rates

“Field Hall relies on the generous support of individual patrons,” says Steve Raider-Ginsburg, Executive & Artistic Director. Photo by Nora Pitaro.
New Field Hall membership program brings special perks for arts patrons

Initiative ensures the Port Angeles community center can continue making the arts accessible to all

Photo courtesy of Jamie T.
Homeowners share their home equity stories

When you own a property, your home equity is the difference between… Continue reading

Breaking the stigma surrounding death and planning for such life events, Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel shares important details surrounding available memorial benefits for veterans and their families.
Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel offers comfort and guidance in funeral planning for veterans and their families

Learn important information when it comes to veteran funeral arrangements in 2024

From July 31 to Aug. 4, Centrum’s Fort Worden campus will transform into a vibrant acoustic blues village, alive with the sounds of artists from around the globe. Photo courtesy Centrum
Centrum’s acoustic blues workshop celebrates 30 years

Join Centrum this summer for an unforgettable musical journey at the Acoustic… Continue reading

On June 14 one lucky Sequim High School student will drive home in a 2015 Chevy Spark EV courtesy of Rocha Family Auto Sales.
One Sequim High senior will drive home in a new car, thanks to local auto dealer

New addition to dealership family allows them to give back even more

First Fed CEO Matt Deines says the organization is thrilled to partner with Habitat for Humanity for the first annual Community Spirit Day.
Join Our First Fed for Community Spirit Day

First Fed is partnering with Habitat for Humanity for the bank’s first… Continue reading

Programming has included internationally celebrated artists like Noche Flamenca and the upcoming Compagnie Hervé Koubi. Photo courtesy of Field Hall.
Fostering artistic and cultural development in Port Angeles

Field Hall creates art education programs for the community

Sequim Valley Chapel is one of only three locations that offer full-service funeral options in Sequim Valley.
Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel recommends advance funeral planning amid rising costs

Advance planning protects your family from rising inflation rates