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Updated: December 12, 2011 18:28 IST

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Dr.Venugopal Gouri
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Endometrial Hyperplasia should be investigated thoroughly

Amongst the problems that can worry a woman to an extent is the erratic bleeding. This could be due to various factors like fibroids of the uterus etc. but one of the commonest reasons that can cause this issue is the thickening of the lining of the inner wall of the uterus that is the endometrium and this condition is called as endometrial hyperplasia.

The uterus is coated by an external serous layer, a middle layer filled with muscular fibres the inner layer called as the endometrium. There are two dutiful hormones in a woman that keep her womanhood alive and blushing i.e. the progresterone and oestrogen. The oestrogen helps in thickening the outer layer of the uterus and the progesterone helps in building up the inner layer, the endometrium. The inner layer is built up durig the first half of the menstrual period till the ovulation. If conception does not occur there is a fall in the level of the progesterone and leads to shedding called as the menstrual period. All is well when the balance is well maintained. But if there is an imbalance i.e. the progesterone tends to reduce and the oestrogen has an unopposed activity there is an increased layer of endometrium and ensuing bleeding. Such women can have a heavy bleeding during menses with clots and thereby dytsmenorrhoea or painful menses. The bleeding could last for more number of days too while there is a shortening of the intermenstrual period. In some women it may present as an intermenstrual bleeding or a kind of spotting in between two menstrual periods. Hot flashes could alternate with episodes of sweating and a feeling to have a breath of fresh air. Fatigue or easy tiredness due to no particular cause can be an issue. Since the hormones have an effect of the psyche of a woman; she is more prone to mood swings than ever before.

There is no particular cause for this problems but it is known that some risk factors can influence a woman to such an issue. For example polycystic ovarian disease, diabetes, obesity, intake of hormones without proper advice can all predispose a woman to a thickened endometrium. As such 95% of the time the thickening could be benign but it needs to be examined to see after a Dilation and a curettage if the cells are cancerous. It is imperative to address the condition because it can cause anaemia to start with and infertility if left alone and other complications. Any early cancerous change can be promptly treated if diagnosed early.

Homoeopathic medicine has good remedies to correct the issue once it is ascertained that the thickening is non cancerous. If it is the excessive bleeding remedies like Belladonna, Millefolium, Lilium tig come into play and if there is intermenstrual bleeding, Bovista, Acid nit promptly reason the issue while dysmenorrhoea is soothed by Cimcifuga and Mag phos etc. To correct the imbalance Phosphorus, Calc carb, Platina come into play. To see that a woman is relieved of the nagging issue of erratic mentstual bleeding, Homoeopathic medicine is the best bet.

HEALTH QUERIES

IBS:

Q: I have been suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndrome for over a decade and have tried various medications without any avail.

– ABC

A: The intestines in the digestive tract have the job of holding on to the nutrients while getting rid of the wastes in the system. But on certain occasions there is an improper absorptions, assimilation of nutrients including water. This could be made worse by certain foods and also due to stress on the mind playing a role. Once the cause is identified and proper lifestyle changes are done, Homoeopathic medicines like Nux vomica, Lycopodium, Merc sol, Merc cor, Aloes, Colocynth can be used to see that the disease can be run into an inactive phase. Consult a Homeopath.

Dr.Venugopal Gouri, drvenugopal@gmail.com

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