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Endometrium: the inner lining of the uterus. The lining is made up of specialized endometrial glands and stromal cells. The endometrial glands make and secrete nutrients essential for survival and development of the baby. Whereas, the stromal cells make up the largest portion of the endometrium. Under the direction of estrogen and progesterone, the stromal cells direct the growth, remodeling, and the breakdown of of the endometrium throughout the woman's normal healthy reproductive cycle.
Menses: the "breakdown" or shedding of the endometrium (ie: your period).
Ectopic: in an abnormal place or position. Eg: an "ectopic pregnancy" is when the baby is growing somewhere else outside of the uterus, such as in the fallopian tubes. Whereas, ectopic endometrial tissue is when endometrial glands and stromal cells are growing somewhere outside of the uterus.
- hormonal birth control (pill or IUD) will suppress your natural cycle and often mitigate or abate your symptoms.
- during pregnancy, the ectopic tissue undergoes regression and symptoms often lessen or disappear.
Your appointments at MyCatholicDoctor with me will be one FULL HOUR in length. Generally speaking, NaPro appts will follow a typical protocol as outlined below. However, every individual is different and your situation may warrant a more expeditious process. Please know, the Creighton Model System (CrMS) is very important. Your CrMS chart will help direct me to what diagnostic tests and imaging tests should be done and what treatment plan would be most appropriate.
First Appt: I will take a comprehensive medical history and provide you with education about normal healthy reproduction and oftentimes about a condition I suspect you may have after we have talked a while.
I will order a pelvic ultrasound which I will ask you to schedule on day 5 of your next menstrual cycle. I will order a series of laboratory tests. Click the "laboratory tests" button below to learn more.
You will be asked to begin charting your menstrual cycles using the Creighton Model System (CrMS). Please choose a Fertility Care Practitioner (FCP) by clicking the "Fertility Care Practitioners webpage" button below to learn more about scheduling an Introductory Session to get started.
Second Appt: You will be asked to return to the office in 2 mos for a follow-up appointment to review the results of your imaging and laboratory tests. Together we will also review your Creighton Model System (CrMS ) chart to look for specific biomarkers which will help me make a diagnosis.
Please upload an image of your CrMS chart two days prior to all follow up visits and send to me via the portal.
Please add the length of your post-peak phase and your mucus cycle score (MCS) to the R-hand margin of the chart. Your Fertility Care Practitioner (FCP) will calculate your MCS for you.
During this appointment, you may be asked to begin some supplements and/or medications. We will also discuss drawing a full set of hormone panels. We will make a decision if you should have a peri-ovulatory estradiol panel, a post-Peak estradiol & progesterone panel, or both panels.
Many patients will be asked to consider working with a dietitian or a nutritionist to help optimize your reproductive health. Oftentimes I may also recommend a Psychotherapist or Health Coach to help with anxiety, depression and or disordered eating habits.
Third Appt: You will return to the office in 2 mos to review the results of your hormone panels as well as the biomarkers on your CrMS chart. Most often at this time I will have made one or more more diagnoses to identify the root cause of your symptoms. Together we will discuss a treatment plan, which will be implemented.
Follow Up Appts: You will return to the office every 2 mos. During this time, I will conduct a comprehensive medical interview to ensure your symptoms have resolved, and to ensure you are responding well and not having any negative responses to the management plan. Depending on the individual patient and your individual diagnosis, I may need to monitor your progress with serial laboratory tests and/or serial imaging.
After 6 -9 months: If medical management has not been successful, it is likely you will need a diagnostic laparoscopy. Therefore, I will refer you to a NaPro surgeon. On occasion, I may come to know a surgical evaluation will be of benefit to you earlier on in this process, and an expedited surgical referral will have been recommended. NaPro surgeons typically book out 5 mos to one full year. At any time, if you feel you would like an expedited surgical referral, please feel free to discuss this with me.
Please review my laparoscopy page. You will notice NaPro surgeries are done very differently as compared to laparoscopies done by mainstream medicine surgeons. We use a near contact approach and a near adhesion-free technique", which has been described as pelvic surgery of the pelvis.
At any point in time, if a diagnosis has been made, treatment initiated, and/or you are satisfied with the medical management we have implemented, you can schedule annual or biannual visits, per your choice.
I will be asking you to tell me very specifically how much you are bleeding. An example of a "detailed flow" is: M, M, H, L, L, VL/B
TAMPON or PADS:
MENSTRUAL CUP MEASUREMENTS
**The Diva Cup comes in 20, 30 and 32 ml cups 32 being the largest but other cups may vary. 1 ml = roughly 1 cc
Other important information about your flow: