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  • #16
    Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
    As someone who deals with PCOS, I know exactly where you're coming from. In high school, my periods were so painful I would miss weeks of school at a time with cramps so bad I couldn't catch my breath. Eight or more super heavy duty overnight pads were my daily norm. I don't know what changed, but my symptoms got a lot better after I had my kid. Birth control also helped.
    Sorry I can't be more useful, just wanted to *BEAR HUG* and let you know someone understands
    Thank you so much Dr. Bork Bork, for your kind words. It sure isn't fun to be in that much pain, and I'm really pleased for you that yours went away (hopefully mine can too).

    Having done quite a bit of research on endometriosis/ PCOS in the last couple of days I've discovered that childbirth can cure the problem...

    This is what I found:

    What is it about pregnancy that cures endometriosis?

    There are three types of estrogen that the body produces: estradiol, estrone, and estriol. Estradiol produced during a normal menstrual cycle goes into the cell receptor and stimulates the cell receptor strongly stimulating endometriosis to grow. However, estrone and estriol go into the same receptor and stimulates it weakly blocking out estradiol (estradiol stimulates the endometriosis to grow). During pregnancy, the fetus produces precursors to estriol in the fetuse's adrenal glands. Then, the placenta produces estriol several orders of magnitude greater than the non-pregnant state. Progesterone is also produced by the placenta during pregnancy. "Pro" means "for" and gesterone means "gestation". During regular menstrual cycles, a woman produces 20 mg per day of progesterone. However, during the peak of pregnancy the woman's body produces 400 mg per day of progesterone.

    Thus, pregnancy may cure endometriosis in three ways. Progesterone tells the cells to stop proliferating and differentiate (grow up into an adult cell). Progesterone also signals the ovary to NOT ovulate and thus, the ovary does NOT produce estradiol. Estriol goes into the estrogen receptor and blocks out estradiol and xenoestrogens from stimulating the estrogen receptor, and causing the endometriosis to grow.

    Interesting stuff!

    But I am definitely taking a long hard look at all the things in my life / diet / environment that produce or mimic estrogen and xenoestrogens, and I'm going to try and cut down as many as I can. It can only help.
    SW: 68 kg. * CW: 61.5 kg. * GW: 60 kg or less...
    “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” ~ Buddha

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    • #17
      Originally posted by moonablaze View Post
      other than HBC, the biggest help for my cramps was actually switching to a DivaCup. I was totally skeptical but I was really impressed with the change. With tampons and no HBC I used to be curled up in a ball trying not to puke the entire first day of my period, even with RX doses of ibuprofen. With just HBC, I could get through most of the day with the RX ibuprofen. With Divacup and HBC I can take 2 regular advil and I'm totally functional.
      I am so jealous, I wish I could use a cup. I have noticed a distinct difference in my cramps with tampons--they're hellacious, and I can actually tell when I need to change it (before I start spotting on my pantyliner even) because the cramps build up until they are almost unbearable. I can end the cramps by taking it out and just wearing a pad, but growing up with the convenience of tampons I still use them sometimes. That said, I have an IUD now, and read that Divacups are not to be used with IUD's because of the suction and potential for expulsion. :/ Also, I have endometriosis, but had it surgically treated about 5 years ago and then became pregnant with my daughter right after that (2nd child), so I worry that it may be sneaking back up on me. I know that the idea that the "backflow from tampon use might be to blame for endo" theory is somewhat discredited (maybe by Tampax? lol), but in my case I can't help but wonder if it's true. Then again, some women have endo that never used tampons...

      I second evening primrose oil, in fact that reminds me that AF is due and I think I'm almost out.

      To the OP, have you been losing weight? I've heard (keep in mind, heard, not read actual scientific documentation) that excess estrogen is stored in fat cells, and when you lose weight, it can imbalance your hormones. Might be a whacko thing that I overheard, but something to look into maybe?

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      • #18
        Originally posted by meeshar View Post
        I am so jealous, I wish I could use a cup. I have noticed a distinct difference in my cramps with tampons--they're hellacious, and I can actually tell when I need to change it (before I start spotting on my pantyliner even) because the cramps build up until they are almost unbearable. I can end the cramps by taking it out and just wearing a pad,
        same here
        the first day or two, "leashes" (as I like to call them) are out of the question, and it's airplane stickers all around
        after day 3, we're good to go
        --Trish (Bork)
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        • #19
          Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
          same here
          the first day or two, "leashes" (as I like to call them) are out of the question, and it's airplane stickers all around
          after day 3, we're good to go
          ROFLMAO at leashes and airplane stickers.

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