If I remember it right, I've never had abnormal menstrual flow. My monthly period comes on a regular basis but last month, I experienced prolonged menstrual bleeding. I felt so apprehensive that's why, on the eve of my birthday, I have to see an OB-Gyne for consultation.
Since my former OB is now in Canada, my records are being turned over to Dra. Joanne V. Legaspi. She's also affiliated with The Medical City and Ardi Health Care Center. Dra. Legaspi advised me to undergo TVS (Trans-vaginal Ultrasound) for accurate diagnosis of my condition.
I took the ultrasound immediately. Thanks to my hubby who's always willing to accompany me in times like this.
- NORMAL SIZED RETROVERTED UTERUS MILD ADENOMYOSIS
- THIN ENDOMETRIUM
- NORMAL RIGHT OVARY
- CYSTIC FOLLICLE, LEFT
- NO FLUID IN THE CUL DE SAC
I've been diagnosed with mild Adenomyosis. I had it long before my second childbirth but, I didn't feel any discomforts until I had this symptom of prolonged menstrual flow.
So, what is Adenomyosis?
It's is a condition that involves the movement (encroachment) of endometrial tissues, which normally line the uterus, into the muscles of the uterus.
Adeno - Greek term for gland
myo - means muscle
osis - means condition
While the exact cause of adenomyosis is unknown, there are factors that put women at greater risk for the condition. These include:
- being in your 40s or 50s (before menopause)
- having children
- having had uterine surgery, such as for a cesarean section or to remove fibroids (Mayo)
What are the symptoms?Symptoms of this condition can be mild to severe. Some women may not experience any signs at all. The most common symptoms include:
- prolonged menstrual cramps
- spotting between periods
- heavy menstrual bleeding
- longer menstrual cycles than normal
- blood clots during menstrual bleeding
- pain during sex
- tender abdominal area
Dra. Legaspi prescribed Tranexamic and Mefenamic Acid (both 500mg). I took 2 capsules of the former and 1 of the latter three times a day for three days and fortunately, the bleeding stopped.