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Could Your Heavy Bleeding Be Endometriosis?

For many women, periods can be a dreaded and uncomfortable part of life. But how do you know when your period symptoms have crossed the line from normal to excessive or problematic? This blog post explores how to recognize signs of abnormal period bleeding and why endometriosis — a common condition affecting 1 in 10 women — might be the cause.

Signs of Abnormal Heavy Bleeding:

Knowing what counts as normal for the length and intensity of your period is essential when deciding if there’s a potential problem. If your period lasts longer than seven days, you experience extremely painful cramps, find you’re soaking through pads or tampons in an hour or less, or have nausea or vomiting, it’s essential to consult a professional. Though unpleasant period symptoms may fluctuate, these are core indicators of an underlying issue.

Heavy Periods and Endometriosis:

Endometriosis is a common condition that can cause heavy menstrual bleeding and affect 1 in 10 women aged 15-45. During your menstrual cycle, the endometrium gets thick. It then sheds and flows through the cervix and out of the vagina as menstrual bleeding. Endometriosis occurs when the endometrial tissue moves to other parts of the body. It can spread to the:

  • Ovaries
  • Intestines
  • Pelvic area
  • Many other areas of the body—even as far as the brain

If left untreated, Endometriosis then creates an inflammatory environment (overgrowth of lesions) that irritates the nearby tissues and organs forming adhesions that can cause heavy bleeding, excruciating pain during sex or when moving one’s bowels and gastrointestinal distress. Endometriosis is a leading cause of infertility.

How Does Period Health Relate to Reproductive Health?

Studies show that infertile women are 6 to 8 times more likely to have endometriosis than fertile women. Endometriosis is associated with an increased risk of having difficulty becoming pregnant, or infertility. Studies have shown that the amount of endometriosis that is seen at the time of laparoscopy is linked to future fertility.

  • Stage I endometriosis (minimal disease): There are few small implants (specs) of endometriosis, with no scar tissue seen.
  • Stage II endometriosis (mild disease): There are more implants of endometriosis, but less than 2 inches of the abdomen is involved and there is no scar tissue.
  • Stage III endometriosis (moderate disease): There is quite a bit of endometriosis in the abdomen, which may be deep and may create pockets of endometriotic fluid (chocolate cysts, or endometriomas) in the ovaries. There may be scar tissue around the tubes or ovaries.
  • Stage IV endometriosis (severe disease): A great deal of endometriotic implants, possibly large endometriotic cysts in the ovaries, possible scar tissue between the uterus and the rectum (lower part of the intestines), and around the ovaries or fallopian tubes

IN SUMMARY:

Understanding when period symptoms might indicate an underlying problem is essential for managing conditions like endometriosis. If you’re experiencing excessively heavy bleeding or other abnormal period symptoms, seek the advice of a medical professional. Our team at The DeTox Now is here to offer help and support to ensure that you can manage your period symptoms effectively and safely. Together through our programs and coaching you can find your own journey to the happy period. Don’t suffer in silence; join our next FREE Group Consultation to start your journey to healing now.

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