Remember, seeking help for concerns about endometrial hyperplasia and its potential impact on mental health is a proactive step towards improving overall well-being and addressing any underlying medical conditions.
Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: This is the most common symptom. It may include heavy or prolonged menstrual periods, bleeding between periods, or post-menopausal bleeding.
Pelvic Pain: Some women with endometrial hyperplasia may experience pelvic discomfort or pain.
Changes in Menstrual Cycle: Irregularities in the menstrual cycle, such as shorter or longer cycles, can occur.
Passing Blood Clots: Women with this condition may pass larger than normal blood clots during their periods.
Bloating or Enlarged Abdomen: In some cases, women may notice bloating or a feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen.
Hormonal Imbalances: An imbalance between estrogen and progesterone, with higher levels of estrogen relative to progesterone, can lead to endometrial hyperplasia.
Obesity: Excess body weight can lead to higher levels of estrogen, which can contribute to this condition.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): PCOS is associated with hormonal imbalances that can lead to endometrial hyperplasia.
Menopause Hormone Therapy: Some forms of hormone replacement therapy, particularly estrogen-only therapy, can increase the risk.
Certain Medications: Tamoxifen, a medication used in breast cancer treatment, can also increase the risk.
Impact on Women's Mental Health:
Anxiety and Concerns about Health: The diagnosis of endometrial hyperplasia can lead to anxiety or concern about its potential progression or link to cancer.
Fertility Concerns: For women who desire to have children, endometrial hyperplasia can bring about worries regarding fertility and conception.
Worry about Cancer: Although endometrial hyperplasia is not cancer, the potential for it to progress to cancer can be a source of significant distress.
Body Image and Self-Esteem: The presence of symptoms like abnormal bleeding can lead to body image concerns and a sense of embarrassment.
Impact on Intimate Relationships: If endometrial hyperplasia causes discomfort or pain during intercourse, it can strain intimate relationships.