I went back to my gynaecologist today for my post-op consultation. I had undergone hysteroscopy + D & C (Dilation and Curettage) six weeks ago to correct abnormal menstrual problems. There was supposed to be a polypectomy too but the doctors didn’t find the polyp as was reported in my pelvic ultrasound.
The biopsy report came back negative and so was my pap test. That sounded good. But the report suggested a thickening of the endometrium verging on hyperplasia. I have never heard of that medical jargon before so I didn’t know what to make of it.
Basically, as the doctor explained, (endometrial) hyperplasia is the thickening endometrium, the lining of the uterus. The endometrium is an unusual tissue with a definite structure and function, which for much of a woman’s life, her body sloughs off most of it monthly through menstruation, and then rebuilds it again. This sloughing and rebuilding is regulated by the hormones of the menstrual cycle, mainly estrogen and progesterone.
I told my doctor I was on the fifth day of my period on the day of the operation but haven’t had it back since, except for some spotting two weeks ago. That means, the tissue build-up is not being shed off. She assured me there is nothing to worry about as periods do not come back to normal straight away after a D & C. She told me to wait up to three months and come back if my period is still not normal. She’ll then give me something to ‘force’ my period to come. It used to annoy me when I have my period but now, I just want it to be back to normal.
Also, even though the biopsy report showed no evidence of hyperplasia, the doctor still recommended another pelvic ultrasound in six months to re-check for evidence.
Googling hyperplasia returned a lot of confusing if not worrying results. Some say it is a benign condition, others say it is pre-cancerous. Scary stuff.
To all mothers out there,
It’s your day. Indulge!
Never Fight with a Woman
A couple goes on holiday to a fishing resort at Lakes Entrance. The husband likes to fish at the crack of the dawn. The wife likes to read.
One morning the husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap. Although not familiar with lake’s area, the wife decidess to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, and continues to read her book.
Along comes a fishing inspector in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says,
“Good morning ma’am. What are you doing?”
“Reading a book,” she replies (thinking “isn’t that obvious!”)
“You’re in a restricted fishing area”, he informs her.
I’m sorry officer, but I’m not fishing, I’m reading.”
“Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know, you could start at any moment. I’ll have to take you in and make a report.”
“If you do that, I’ll have to charge you with sexual assault,” says the woman.
“But I haven’t touched you,” says the man.
“That’s true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment.”
“Have a nice day ma’am,” and he left.
MORAL OF THE STORY : Never argue with a woman who reads, its likely she can also think.