Before this month completely gets away from me, I wanted to talk about adenomyosis. Adenomyosis is a condition where, “tissue that normally lines the uterus (endometrial tissue) grows into the muscular wall of the uterus.” Each month during your period you shed the lining of your uterus, which thickens in preparation for pregnancy. During your menstrual cycle, the tissue that has grown into the muscular wall of the uterus thickens and breaks down as you would expect during a normal period. However, because the tissue isn’t where it’s supposed to be, it results in an enlarged uterus and painful, heavy periods. Doctor’s don’t know what causes adenomyosis. Some theories include: invasive tissue growth, developmental origins, and stem cell origins. I will have the references linked below if you’d like to learn more.
I personally don’t have adenomyosis, and I only heard about it when starting this business. I can only imagine the pain that those with adenomyosis go through on a day-to-day basis, and I don’t mean just the physical pain. The process of getting a diagnosis, possible surgery, and trying different medications can be tiring.
Do you have adenomyosis or know someone who does? Leave a comment below and let us know what your thoughts are on this topic.