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Table 4 Adverse events from self-management modalities, listed from most to least commonly reported

From: Self-management strategies amongst Australian women with endometriosis: a national online survey

Modality used for self-management Adverse event rate
% (of women using that modality)
Most common reported types of AEa
Alcohol 52.8 Hangover symptoms, increased pain, increased fatigue
Exercise 34.2 Increased adhesion/pelvic pain, increased fatigue, increased flare ups
Yoga/Pilates 15.9 Increased adhesion/pelvic pain
Heat 15.9 Burns (including blistering)
Stretching 14.8 Increased adhesion/pelvic pain, increased nausea, increased flare ups
Cannabis 10.2 Drowsiness, Increased anxiety, tachycardia
Hemp oil/CBD oil 8.3 N/A
Rest 7.3 Increased fatigue, increased depression
Acupressure 7.1 N/A
Massage 6.8 N/A
Dietary choices (such as gluten free, vegan) 5.9 Gastrointestinal upset
Cold 5.6 N/A
Meditation/Breathing 3.4 N/A
Herbal medicines 3.2 N/A
Taichi/Qigong 0 N/A
  1. aCategorized from the free text responses provided. Responses were considered ‘common’ when 25% or more of the respondents included them. N/A denotes where (due to the small number of responses) there was no AE that met the 25% threshold