I was scheduled to post a follow-up about unusual bleeding last week. Instead, my body had other plans. I was reminded of the gift I have in NaProTechnology.
You see, I have severe PMS. It interferes with my everyday life. I was finally able to receive treatment from a great NaProTechnology doctor.
Well, there was a mixup at the pharmacy this past cycle, so I was unable to receive my natural hormones before I was scheduled to take them based on my charting.
I was miserable. I had horrible PMS and then was in bed for several days with severe cramping and other health issues. I couldn’t even look at a computer screen. My post was the last thing on my mind.
This experience reminded me that I am blessed to have the science of NaProTechnology to help me treat my severe PMS. I feel so much better with my natural hormones.
I want my experience to give you hope. There is hope with NaProTechnology. I know some of you may have a lot more fertility health issues going on, but there are protocols that have been developed to help you.
You don’t have to suffer anymore!
So, this week, let’s discuss how NaProTechnology can help women who have unusual bleeding.
In this previous post, I discussed that sometimes bleeding within the menstrual cycle is not normal. Depending on what type of bleeding and where it is in the cycle can classify it as unusual and needing further medical evaluation.
Today, I want to dive deeper into the organic causes of unusual bleeding and how NaProTechnology can help these cases.
Just a quick note that my information is coming straight from Dr. Thomas Hilgers, the reproductive specialist that created NaProTechnology. Dr. Hilgers has developed a classification of unusual bleeding based on the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System chart. He has documented his research in a medical textbook titled and has provided a lay version called The NaProTechnology Revolution: Unleashing the Power in a Woman’s Cycle. (affliliate link)
Dr. Hilger’s unusual bleeding classification system:
- Perimenstrual bleeding
- Occurs around the time of menstruation
- Premenstrual & postmenstrual brown bleeding
- Excessively heavy bleeding
- Inermenstrual bleeding
- Occurs between menstruation
- Bleeding early in the mucus buildup
- Bleeding closer to the Peak Day
- Prolonged premenstrual bleeding
- Variable return of unusual bleeding in long cycles
Dr. Hilgers has reviewed many charts and worked with many patients that exhibit bleeding that can be classified as unusual bleeding. He found through his work and research that there were many organic causes to unusual bleeding. I will cover some of the more common causes.
Organic Causes of Unusual Bleeding
- Chronic Cervicitis
- When some of the cervical lining has migrated out into the vaginal area
- The cervix in this condition can sometimes bleed easily
- Once treated, the cervix usually returns to normal
- Cervix and endometrium show bacterial infection – found via culture or D&C
- Sometimes can present with heavy bleeding or prolonged post-Peak bleeding
- Treatment: Antibiotics and progesterone if needed
- Underlying hormone problem
- Presents as premenstrual bleeding – usually 3 or more days
- Low estrogen and progesterone are found with targeted hormone evaluation with NaProTechnology
- Treatment: HCG shots or natural progesterone
- Excessively Heavy Menses
- Multiple causes for heavy menses – uterine fibroids, adenomyosis, hypertrophy of the uterus or even coagulation disorders
- The small, submucous fibroids can cause the most bleeding – located right under the lining of the uterus
- Fibroids can be found via ultrasound
- Treatment for fibroids: Myomectomy (removal of just the fibroid) or a Hysterectomy
- Myomectomy will usually reduce the volume of the menstrual flow
- Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding Due to PCOS
- Endometrial biopsy done to rule out infection
- If biopsy is negative, then progesterone is given
There are some other causes of unusual bleeding such as endometrial polyps, endometrial hyperplasia, and adenomyosis. In some cases, thyroid could even be the cause of unusual bleeding.
The standard practice of medicine is to place women with unusual bleeding on oral contraceptives. Sometimes, women are even told the Pill will “regulate their cycle.” It regulates bleeding by suppressing the reproductive hormones. The Pill does nothing to diagnose and treat the underlying cause of the unusual bleeding. Some women may end up with needless hysterectomies because of their bleeding episodes not being treated properly.
When a woman charts her fertility, especially with the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System, then her pattern of bleeding can be observed and recorded and seen in the context of her complete fertility cycle.
This fertility charting can then be taken to the NaProTechnology physician for diagnosis, either through simple hormonal studies or a diagnostic D&C and hysteroscopy. Endometrial cultures can even be taken.
After gathering this information, proper management of the unusual bleeding can occur, and most of the time without additional surgery.
NaProTechnology offers women a solution to their unusual bleeding that works in cooperation with their fertility cycle.