I’ve decided to start a brand new column on my blog, and it’s gonna be all about my uterus. Let me tell you why.
In the end of August 2016 I went to the gyno because of some pain that’d been coming and going in my lower abdomen. She couldn’t see anything wrong, seemingly everything was perfect. The paint didn’t bother me much at that point, so I was happy to hear that I was healthy.
After a little while tho, I had my period, and the first 48 hours of it was the worst thing I’ve ever experienced. I’ve been blessed with painless periods my whole life, and actually enjoyed having it. But this time I was bound to my bed, crying and desperate to get some relief. I even ate painkillers, which I never do, no matter how much pain I’m in, as I don’t like it. It was insane cramps, nausea, and nothing really seemed to ease it.
I welcomed the pain as menstrual cramps, and thought my time of loving my period was long gone. That was up until I went to the gyno again in the beginning of December, this time to insert a copper spiral. I mentioned my newly arrived menstrual pain, and right before inserting the spiral she used the ultrasound to see that I had adenomyosis. I’d never heard of it before, and she didn’t tell me anything about it. I left the gyno one spiral richer, and the name of the disease written down on an iPhone note.
As google is my best friend, I spent a lot of time searching around online collecting all the information I could find about my new disease. And this is what I came to learn:
You’re in great danger, might not ever be able to have kids, and will be in insane pain for the rest of your life. At least until menopause. And oh, btw, there’s no cure. Unless you want to remove your uterus, it’s only going to get worse!
At least that’s what my anxious, panicking mind was picking up and sorting out from all the other information. After calming down and getting used to the thought that not everything was ok down there, I digested the information a little different.
The uterus is a muscle organ that’s build up of three layers. Adenomyosis is a disease where the inner layer is growing into the middle (muscle) layer. It’s also a pretty newly discovered disease, so no one really knows a lot about it at this point. It’s not dangerous or life threatening, but some people say it’s related to infertility, and for many people it involves a lot of pain. Western medicine can’t find a reason to why people get it, and has no cure. Most people feel better with hormonal treatment, and some people get rid of the pain by removing their uterus. BUT, there’s also people out there who benefits a great deal from changing their lifestyle, diet and so on.
I had an appointment with another gyno about two weeks ago to see what I can do. I’m very positive at this point, and super excited to try some alternative methods. I’m not a huge fan of putting hormons into my body, and want to try everything else before I do something like that.
So, my intention with this column is to take you with me on my journey to heal, or learn to love, this new part of me. I’m not expecting the majority of people to have great interest in my genital area, but I figured that I would love to read about someone else’s journey with this myself. So if I can help even just one person with writing this, I’m beyond happy.