Post C-Section Endometriosis (TMI)

How common is this? I mean, just understanding a c-section and how it CAN happen is pretty much a given, but I am wondering how common it is.

I ask because after weaning my second baby about a year ago, I have had only a handful of periods. Each one gets progressively painful, and the flow is just astounding. I also cramp up a lot more during ovulation, and my bowels are affected as well.

I do have a doctor's appt on Monday (he's a great GYN, before anyone starts ripping on the OB/GYN industry), but I would like to have some more knowledge of this before I go in. I am googling, using Wiki, and all of that. I have a few of the classic signs, but not all of them.

Anyone know of anyone who has had this problem, or what I should ask when I go on Monday?

Thanks.
How common is this? I mean, just understanding a c-section and how it CAN happen is pretty much a given, but I am wondering how common it is.

I ask because after weaning my second baby about a year ago, I have had only a handful of periods. Each one gets progressively painful, and the flow is just astounding. I also cramp up a lot more during ovulation, and my bowels are affected as well.

I do have a doctor's appt on Monday (he's a great GYN, before anyone starts ripping on the OB/GYN industry), but I would like to have some more knowledge of this before I go in. I am googling, using Wiki, and all of that. I have a few of the classic signs, but not all of them.

Anyone know of anyone who has had this problem, or what I should ask when I go on Monday?

Thanks.
Originally Posted by M2LR&Co.

I don't think it's too common to develop endometriosis after a c-sec. I think it's more common for women who already suffer from endo to have endo in their c-sec scar after the surgery. That stuff loves to spread.

If you didn't already have endo before the babies, I would think about adhesions and fibroids before endo, but anything is possible I guess.
How common is this? I mean, just understanding a c-section and how it CAN happen is pretty much a given, but I am wondering how common it is.

I ask because after weaning my second baby about a year ago, I have had only a handful of periods. Each one gets progressively painful, and the flow is just astounding. I also cramp up a lot more during ovulation, and my bowels are affected as well.

I do have a doctor's appt on Monday (he's a great GYN, before anyone starts ripping on the OB/GYN industry), but I would like to have some more knowledge of this before I go in. I am googling, using Wiki, and all of that. I have a few of the classic signs, but not all of them.

Anyone know of anyone who has had this problem, or what I should ask when I go on Monday?

Thanks.
Originally Posted by M2LR&Co.

I don't think it's too common to develop endometriosis after a c-sec. I think it's more common for women who already suffer from endo to have endo in their c-sec scar after the surgery. That stuff loves to spread.

If you didn't already have endo before the babies, I would think about adhesions and fibroids before endo, but anything is possible I guess.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Nope, no endo before the babies. The only reason I am going is because my mom said that her periods got easier and lighter after kids, and mine have seemed to have gotten more painful and worse. They don't last long, but I am spotting now, cramping is horrid, etc. Those things never happened prior to kids.
The only reason I am going is because my mom said that her periods got easier and lighter after kids, and mine have seemed to have gotten more painful and worse. They don't last long, but I am spotting now, cramping is horrid, etc. Those things never happened prior to kids.
Originally Posted by M2LR&Co.
My mother actually had the same experience as you after my brother was born (her second). Before having him, her periods were always regular, light, easy, and pain free. After him, they became excruciating (she'd NEVER had cramps every before and these were completely debilitating), heavy, and irregular. To my knowledge, she did not have endometriosis and was never given a medical *reason* for the change. I know that these new type of periods made her life a living hell for a loooong time, as she had kids super young.
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Last time my period came, it was horrid.

Although I have my appt on Monday, I really don't want any painful tests to be done and all of that. I don't really know why I am going...hoping he might be able to give me SOME kind of answer...but I know it will probably just be, "Take some Advil, use a heating pad, etc."
Last time my period came, it was horrid.

Although I have my appt on Monday, I really don't want any painful tests to be done and all of that. I don't really know why I am going...hoping he might be able to give me SOME kind of answer...but I know it will probably just be, "Take some Advil, use a heating pad, etc."
Originally Posted by M2LR&Co.
Do not accept this answer. As RCW said, it could be a number of things.

I had endo prior to having my son. I had two laproscopy surgeries to remove all the endo and scar tissue. I have never heard of having endo after a c-section. Usually I'm told that endo clears up after having a baby. Which I hope is true for me.
Maybe you have fibroids? They can definitely mess with your periods, making them very heavy and painful. Diagnosing fibroids is very easy and painless - they can be seen by doing an ultrasound. They often grow during pregnancy too, which might account for the change in your periods that you see now.

ETA: Oops, I see RCW already mentioned fibroids to you.
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My periods have gotten HORID since the baby. I get terrible cramps, heavy flow and hot flashes where I feel like I am going to pass out. They are regular though.

Before him I had no cramps, light/medium flow nothing I could not handle. Now I am knocked out for a day..I laugh at Midol and Advil, they do nothing.

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