Related Category: Adenomyosis

Adenomyosis is a painful and complex gynecological condition that is not well understood, can be difficult to detect, and can only be cured by hysterectomy. Adenomyosis develops when cells from the endometrial lining of the uterus grow into the muscle of the uterus. These cells behave the same during a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle, but in this location, they become trapped. Inflammation leads to pain (sometimes debilitating), heavy bleeding, and enlargement of the uterus.

kia-at-the-beach-cropped“I just wanted to be free from feeling trapped,” said Kia. “Every month, I felt like a prisoner. I had so many problems since my mid-30s and on. I had heavy menstrual cycles, passing huge clots, and I was severely anemic. I had to have an iron transfusion two times. I was losing so much blood, even in between periods. I had to wear Depends because the bleeding was so bad. The doctors thought I had fibroids. I went to a doctor for uterine artery embolization (UAE) and he sent me for an MRI that showed I had adenomyosis. I had never heard of that before.”

Kia wanted to find the best hysterectomy specialist, and started doing Google searches for women’s care. She discovered The Center for Innovative GYN Care and Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD and did extensive research on CIGC and Dr. MacKoul before making a decision.

tiffany“I started having symptoms two years ago, and I was having intense cramps. When I had my period, it was 20 times worse. I always had pelvic cramping. I ignored it. I remember the doctor mentioning I had fibroids, but was told I could wait, take birth control, and watch. I did all of that, and took another medication, but nothing helped.”

“The staff [at CIGC] was amazing. Once I decided that I wanted to have a hysterectomy, I wanted it done immediately. If they could have taken me the next day, I would have done it. However, they got me in that very same week. I’ve never had a doctor and a staff that made me feel so comfortable. I was scared when I came in for the surgery, but I wanted to get well, and was torn because I don’t have any children, so it was very emotional. One of the nurses sat with me and talked me through it, letting me know that there are a lot of women my age who have the same condition, and there was just an overall warm feeling. I’ve met some good doctors and staff members, but nothing like CIGC.”

adenomyosisAdenomyosis and Endometriosis are not the same condition. Although they can occur together, endometriosis is when endometrial cells (the lining of the uterus) are in a location outside of the uterus. Adenomyosis is when these cells are within the uterus, in the uterine wall.