It’s about that time again, to talk period. I really hope that so far these articles are useful and informative to you all. Last week our topic was centered on the different reasons a woman would have serious period pain and/or very severe pelvic pain. You may wonder what I mean when I refer to the pelvis, well the pelvis is either the lower part of the trunk of the human body between the abdomen and the thighs or the skeleton embedded in it. I am not a medical doctor but I have experienced some horrible periods due to the diagnosis of Endometriosis. Some females are blessed to menstruate and just go on with life. I however started my periods at the age of 9 and don’t have the comfort of the latter. Initially my periods were not alarming at all until the age of 16/17. The period pain began to feel like I was getting cut by knives in my uterus, I would finish a pack of pads in hours and always soak my sheets or clothes. The pain also can feel like one is having contractions or like there are burning coals in the uterus. You literally feel like ripping your uterus open and throwing it away!!
I listed a few of the menstrual related diseases last week that can cause pelvic pain and today I will be touching on them more with the symptoms so you can know exactly what to look out for:
- Amenorrhoea – no menstrual period, breast size changes, weight gain or weight loss, discharge from the breast or change in breast size. acne and increased hair growth in a male pattern, vaginal dryness, voice changes.
- Endometriosis – painful periods, pain in the lower abdomen before and during menstruation, cramps one or two weeks around menstruation, heavy menstrual bleeding or bleeding between periods, infertility, pain following sexual intercourse ,discomfort with bowel movements, lower back pain that may occur at any time during your menstrual cycle, leg and/or hip pain
- Pelvic inflammatory Disease- Dull pain or tenderness in the stomachor lower abdominal area, or pain in the right upper abdomen, abnormal vaginal discharge that is yellow or green in colour or that has an unusual odour, painful urination ,chills or high fever, nausea and vomiting, pain during sex.
- Uterine Fibroids– Heavy menstrual bleeding, prolonged menstrual periods (seven days or more of menstrual bleeding), pelvic pressure or pain, frequent urination, difficulty emptying your bladder, constipation, backache or leg pains.
- Cervical Cancer – Bleeding from the vagina that is not normal, such as bleeding between menstrual periods, after sex, or after menopause, pain in the lower belly or pelvis, pain during sex, vaginal discharge that isn’t normal.
- Polycystic Ovarian Disease – irregular periods or no periods at all, difficulty getting pregnant (because of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate) excessive hair growth (hirsutism– usually on the face, chest, back or buttocks), weight gain, thinning hair and hair loss from the head, oily skin or
Many of the symptoms seem to be more or less the same but the diseases are all still very different and unique. One thing I have learned from my experience is that you must ALWAYS listen to your body. It has unique and special ways of communicating and at times pain and abnormal symptoms are its way of talking to you and alerting you that something is wrong. Like I always say I am not a doctor but I do know how living with chronic pain can be, and it’s something that can be avoided if we talk more about the diseases out there and attend to symptoms quickly. If you feel you may have any of the above diseases or suffer from many of the symptoms please see a medical doctor/ gynaecologist urgently (you can also comment below and speak to me if you would like ). Until next Friday… Ta and be blessed!
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