Spitting and Going DUTCH: how to get your hormone levels checked!
When I speak to customers on the phone, a significant proportion of them tell me that their pelvic pain symptoms started with the onset of menopause, a pregnancy, or a hysterectomy. Younger women often report that their symptoms change during the menstrual month and when my own PGAD was more of an issue, I certainly noticed that my cycle affected things – I still do sometimes. Although there is no hard and fast rule that connects hormone levels to pelvic pain disorders, it is known that low oestrogen can increase propensity to urinary tract infections and women with interstitial cystitis are therefore often prescribed vaginal oestrogen cream. For some this is very helpful; however, in others it actually worsens symptoms. The same is true of other pelvic pain conditions like vulvodynia, lichen sclerosus and vaginitis. While most medical professionals feel that hormonal factors may be relevant in IC and related…Read the full article