Out of sight, out of mind is how things seem to go at times. We get so consumed with what is in front of us that we often ignore the subtle hints our body communicates to us. Some signs that our womb may be under distress are:
-Irregular menstrual periods
-Excessive prolonged menstural bleeding
-Pelvic pain or discomfort
-Low back pain
-Difficulty becoming pregnant
-An enlarged abdomen
Then there are those other times where no signs manifest at all. It is utterly important to stay on top of our reproductive health from puberty to after menopause. Today in our womb journey we’re going to discuss 5 health concerns surrounding the womb.
1. Adenomyoma - A nodule/tumor that forms around tissue of the inner uterus (endometrial tissue). This is a result of adenomyosis, which occurs when the inner lining of the uterus (the endometrium) breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus (the myometrium).
2. Endometriosis - This occurs when tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside of the uterus, extending to the pelvic wall, Fallopian tubes, and/or ovaries.
3. Hyperplasia - When the lining of the uterus grows rapidly becoming abnormally thick.
4. Polyps - Overgrowth of tissue in the endometrium, often asymptotic but may cause abnormal uterine bleeding. Polyps can also be the cause of infertility depending on the location of growth.
5. Fibroids - Hard muscle tumors that can grow in the uterus, in the uterine wall, or on the surface of the uterus, varying in size from a pea to a melon.
Although there are many theories as to why these conditions occur, the cause is unknown. Treatments vary from a simple change in diet to surgery. Again, our reproductive health is up to us, we ought to hold one another accountable for how we are caring for our bodies....we are our sisters keeper!