When I reflected back on my body and how different it felt during those few weeks when I was pregnant before my miscarriage, I discovered why doctors might put women on pregnancy inducing hormones. So many of my symptoms that I used to experience prior to being pregnant went away. They were minor symptoms but they seemed to reduce or disappear during this time.
The main ones were related to going to the toilet. I didn’t have that urgency that I had before. I thought this was kinda strange since most women report needing to go to the toilet more, but for me, it was as if I could hold it longer and didn’t need to go nearly as often.
My mood definitely improved. I felt calmer and somehow happier. Life seemed like a breeze and that heaviness seemed to have been taken away somehow—perhaps this is where the “pregnancy glow” thing comes from? I also experienced less tension in my shoulders and had better circulation.
Well, I wanted to understand what was happening in the body and if there is any way that endometriosis might be cured by pregnancy since these hormones would stick around for much longer and could then alter the growths of cysts and a whole bunch of things in the process.
Here is what I discovered:
There are actually different types of estrogens and each one performs a different function. There is estradiol, estrone and estriol.
Estradiol (the long word) creates growth or stimulates endometriosis growth to occur.
The estrone and estriol actually reduce the growth of endometriosis cells and these are the same hormones which are produced when we are pregnant.
Progesterone is also produced but when we are pregnant these guys produce massive amounts! We can produce up to 400g of progesterone a day during pregnancy.
When we are pregnant, we no longer ovulate. When we don’t ovulate, we don’t produce estradiol and thus, there is nothing to “feed” the endometriosis.
So, in a sense the theory is that by stopping the growth stimulation of endometriosis cells, they eventually shrivel up and dry out. Once this happens, there is nothing for the body to repair and the growths stop. No more prostaglandins sending inflammatory responses or warning signals and the growths die out.
This seems to work for some women and not others. Do you have experience with endometriosis and pregnancy? Do you know the statistics of endometriosis going away after pregnancy? What is your personal experience? Would love to hear it!