Dec PD1: Here it comes… again!

This month’s period came earlier than what my period tracker app’s prediction. I’m not happy about it, because my cycle is getting shorter this last few months. I’m not sure if it’s something bad, but I don’t feel happy about it 😞

So Day 1&2 always be the most painful days. I’m preparing for that. My back feels so hurt, I can’t even sit. I also feel cramps, bloating, and nausea. I have been laying on my bed with hot water bag on my lower back all day. I take ibuprofen every 6 hours, which very helpful to relieve the pain. I just need to make sure to lay down and don’t move too much. I need to distract my brain from my pain, so I watch tv shows all day. Yes, I don’t have a job. One of the reasons I can’t get a job outside is Adenomyosis. It’s frustrating sometimes to think about it, I don’t want to talk about it now. I need to control my stress level..

One of many symptoms that people with Adenomyosis have is excessive bleeding. I usually experience this on day 1&2. And today I learned that ibuprofen actually helps to reduce the menstrual flow for about 28%-49%. I read it in this article:
Wow!!! How could I have never knew about that?

I’m a type of person that don’t like to take pills. Yes, any pill! I don’t even take any pill when I have cold. I’ll just eat lots of oranges and apples, eat a lot of food, drink a lot of water, and get rest. Anyway, taking ibuprofen to relieve my pain is such a defeat for me. I tried so hard to take the lowest amount of ibuprofen every month. I believe that it gives bad effect to my liver and kidneys. So, these last 2 years, I toughen up my self, bear the pain, took as less ibuprofen as possible.

But after I read how ibuprofen actually help to reduce the menstrual flow which means less pain at the same, I decided to accept the reality that I am needed this medicine. I’ll make sure I take ibuprofen before the pain escalating (before the 6 hours active ingredients worn out). Let’s see how it’s help with the bleeding. So far it seems work! 

16 Months Adeno Recap


I have taken Adenomyosis treatment from Ayurvedic gynecologist since Feb 2015. I got pregnant on April 2015, I had miscarriage on Week 7 of my pregnancy. My doctor told me Adenomyosis caused my miscarriage. She advised me to wait until my uterus’ condition getting better to try to conceive again. She will decide my current state after I get USG this month. Wish me luck!

My monthly symptoms are less painful now. No more constipation and blood cloth in my menses. I’m tracking my pain state during my menses as follow:

Before treatment:

Day 1-3: Severe cramps, nausea, severe back pain, heavy bleeding, big blood cloths, dizziness – I wasn’t be able to do any activity at this state

Day 4-6: Medium cramps, medium back pain, rectal pain – I was able to do limited physical activity

Day 7-10/11/12(until ovulation day): light cramps, rectal pain – Able to do physical activity

After treatment:

Day 1: Severe cramps, severe back pain, nausea, heavy bleeding – Unable to do physical activity or able to do little physical activity.

Day 2-5: light cramps, light back pain, rectal pain – Able to do physical activity

Day 7-10/11/12(until ovulation day): little cramps, rectal pain

What are changes that I did to get this current state?

  • Consume Ayurvedic medicines.
  • Pesco vegetarian diet – I only eat fish maximum once a week. I still eat egg.
  • No dairy products.
  • Avoid high estrogen food (soy, eggplants, etc)
  • Anti inflammation diet.
  • Drink cinnamon powder + Green tea 2-5 times a week.
  • Post natal yoga – when I’m not in pain.
  • Avoid junk food. My hardest challenge is to avoid to eat factory produced snacks  (choco wafer, choco bars, muffins, crackers, etc)
  • Avoid spicy food – this is hard too, I love spicy food!
  • Take ibuprofen to relieve my pain
  • Apply hot water bag on my lower abdomen when I’m in pain.

I feel that I have my ups and downs fighting this disease. Sometimes I feel so lazy and I will skip my yoga in a week, eat factory produced snacks, eat my fave spicy food, eat tofu, milk shakes… And after that I will feel so much pain when I have my period. No one else to blame but my self… That’s why I think it’s good for me to have this journal, to keep me in track, to REMEMBER THE PAIN!

I know that my chance to have a child is lower because I have this disease, it makes me feel sad.. the pain every month, the fact about less chance to have a child.. it’s so depressing.. I run a business online, and it’s not in a good state right now, makes me feel more depressed -_-

Anyways.. I need to vent. This journal will be my vent media, my efforts tracker.. It’s the story of my life living with Adenomyosis.

Adenomyosis and Me


First time I heard about adenomyosis was 3 months ago. I went to gynecologist to check why I always get severe menstrual pain this last 2 years. By severe here I mean 2 few days of stay in bed because of massive pain on my uterus, nausea, and back pain at the same time. The pain will be lessen after day 3, it means only cramps that will last until day 6. On day 6-9 or sometimes 10 I will feel shooting pain around my butt. And after that everything will back to normal.  Yes, 10 days of pain every month  is really frustrating! I search information online about menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea) and I found out about endometriosis. I was afraid I have this condition that’s why I decided to seek gynecologist. The doctor sent me to get USG check and HPV test. The result was I diagnosed with adenomyosis and also got high risk HPV but in mild condition, so I only need to make regular check every 6 months to see whether there’s change on my cervical cells. 2 bad news at a time, it was hard!

I read about endometriosis before, but never know about adenomyosis. My doctor didn’t speak English, only the nurse. She told me that I have adenomyosis. When I asked what is that? She could not explain it in English. She only said that there’s a problem on my uterus 🙁 She told me if I’m planning to have baby, I need to check my fertility at different hospital. When I asked whether the doctor there speak English, she said.. maybe not.

So I walked out from the hospital with big question mark on my head. I jumped on the bus and start to search information online about adenomyosis.

According to, Adenomyosis is a condition in which the inner lining of the uterus (the endometrium) breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus (the myometrium). Adenomyosis can cause menstrual cramps, lower abdominal pressure, and bloating before menstrual periods and can result in heavy periods. The condition can be located throughout the entire uterus or localized in one spot.

adenomyosis vs endometriosis

You can see from pictures above the difference between adenomyosis and endometriosis. If adenomyosis the endometrium grow inside uterus muscle, for endometriosis the endometrium growth outside uterus.

From what I read, the cause of adenomyosis remains unknown. It will disappear after menopause and it will cause infertility for some women. There are some way to treat the symptomps but the only way to cure it is by hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). You can read more about adenomyosis here

It sound like bad news for me. I still want to have children. I don’t want my uterus to be removed 🙁

I went to hospital hospital that the nurse told me with my Chinese friend. She helped me to talk to the doctor. Different from the first hospital I went, in this hospital they have no private room for the patients. When we did consultation there were another 10 ladies inside the room queuing. I felt so uncomfortable! Even on the internal USG room, it’s not a private room. There were 2 other ladies queuing. I felt so uncomfortable! The internal USG result showed that I do have adenomyosis and bulking uterus. The doctor sent me to do different test, but I never did it. I need Chinese person assistant to do the next test. My Chinese friend went out of town the week after.  I was busy with my new business and school. I just never did it.

I want to get cure with alternative way. I don’t want to get surgery. I’m thinking to try traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture treatment or ayurveda. I read some people successfully heal this way.

This Thursday I will go to traditional Chinese medicine hospital to get check. I will write down the result later.

Let’s hope for the best ^_^