Pregnancy and Sex Obstructed by Suspected Reverse Menstruation


If there is one ailment that plays havoc in the life of a woman looking forward to her pregnancy then it would be endometriosis. Reverse menstruation has been suspected to be the most compelling explanation to this ailment, which not only obstructs pregnancy, but also lead to painful sex with partners. The worst part is that it is not even her fault.

Known to run in the family and having genetic linkage, woman often remain unaware of the ailment for years before it is diagnosed by a medical practitioner. This usually happens after multiple failed pregnancy attempts. It is often  misdiagnosed, since the symptoms are similar to other ailments; however, endometriosis is common and treatable.

In this condition, the tissues which ideally should remain inside the uterus starts growing outside the uterus and these cells attach to other organs like the ovaries and pelvis, and in worse case, the uterine cells attach to the bowel and bladder. These tissues function just like the tissues inside the uterus; however, the blood that fills in them cannot escape during the menstrual cycle and spreads along the surrounding organs forming the cysts; thus a common suspect is always made out of reverse menstruation.

Some Facts Related to Endometriosis:

  • Although reverse menstruation is considered one of the strongest cause for endometriosis, it is not proven and the accurate cause is yet to be determined.
  • The symptoms common to the condition are unfortunately not even commonly identified among women with endometriosis.
  • Endometriosis does not fully block conception; however, it is still known to be very common in women diagnosed with infertility.

The symptoms of the condition being similar to many other ailments usually lead to much delayed diagnosis of endometriosis, even from experienced practitioners. For example, many women tend to think that the pain during their periods is normal, and are usually prescribed a pill upon seeking medical advice.

The diagnosis usually occurs when a woman fails to become pregnant after multiple tries. Many times, women experiencing continued painful sex also get diagnosed to reveal that it’s not even her fault; all the while, the obstruction was caused endometriosis, or a suspected reverse menstruation.

Other reasons for delay in diagnosis are a perception that young girls are not susceptible to the ailment, and the delay of timely referrals from unrecognized symptoms in the patients. Research suggests that there is an unusual delay of ten years from between the appearance of the first symptom and the actual diagnosis.

However, if it is suspected, then a reputable gynecologist should definitely suggest a diagnosis for endometriosis, through either invasive or non-invasive methods.

Non-invasive methods include a pelvic examination and/or a detailed sonography. Both the techniques are not hundred percent accurate and often lead to misdiagnosis in early stages of endometriosis.

However, the only accurate diagnosis can be performed by the invasive procedure of laparoscopy. This procedure lets the practitioner take a detailed look inside the patient’s pelvic cavity though a miniature camera. The medical practicioner can then view live video on a monitor to determine the presence of endometriosis tissues.

The tools attached to the same camera are then utilized to extract tissue samples for further testing. If affected tissues are discovered, the procedure is continued with other surgical tools to extract all the infected cells and growth.

Although there is no permanent medical treatment for this condition; as a woman continues to have her periods, laparoscopy can only remove the cyst that has formed until that date. The growth may again start, and will continue till the woman has a healthy menstruation cycle.

So if a woman is experiencing severe pelvic pain, or if sex has become a painful, or she has multiple pregnancy failures, then it is important to assure her that it is not her fault. Instead, it is time to get diagnosed by visiting an experienced gynecologist. Only through an accurate diagnosis can endometriosis can be detected and corrective action can be taken for faster relief. With continued research, the actual diagnosis of reverse menstruation should be determined for treatments to move in the right direction.

By Daris Abraham

The Health Site
The New York Times

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