Louise Thompson revealed that she suspected Asherman’s syndrome – a rare condition in which scar tissue builds up inside the uterus – as she continues to search for answers about her mysterious health condition.
The Made In Chelsea star, 32, had struggled with mental health issues and PTSD since the traumatic birth of her son Leo nine months ago, but she’s also been battling a slew of physical side effects since birth.
Updating her followers on her condition on Tuesday, Louise revealed that her spasm was ‘starting to get really bad’ as she also criticized NHS waiting times.
The pain: Louise Thompson took to her Instagram account on Tuesday to update followers on her health – while criticizing NHS wait times
Sitting in the back of the car, wearing a hood over her head with a fresh face of makeup, Louise told her 1.4 million followers about her latest prognosis.
In detail she explained: “I go to a medical appointment 10,000,000 times this year dressed as a worm.
I’ll go and do a pelvic exam. The first one in about 3 months.
Proud mum: Made In Chelsea star, 32, has struggled with mental health issues and PTSD since the traumatic birth of her son Leo nine months ago.
Unaffected by the health service, the frustrated patient wrote: “The NHS says I will wait months longer for a follow-up appointment, so I will go private…
‘Really little joke’ when I had no answers about what was going on in that area and the last ultrasound was ‘inconclusive’ and the man joked that there seemed to be something white and shiny in there.
“My contractions started to get pretty bad and I still haven’t had a period for 10 months now.”
Explanation: While she was waiting to meet her counselor, Louise once again turned to her phone to post another update
And while she was waiting to see her counselor, Louise once again turned to her phone to post another update.
Sharing a photo of her Nike trainers and Chanel classic flap bag – she wondered, “I don’t know why I’m looking at you guys for answers since you don’t know the full extent of what happened.
I already received an investigation report in thicker detail than the complete works of Shakespeare that day but I’m afraid to open it.
“I was also scheduled to have a special hysteroscopy (a small camera inside) in July, but it coincided with my return to the hospital with ulcerative colitis, so I was on the back burner. ”
“Sometimes I can’t believe this is my life.”
Answers: After an emotional morning, catch up on your favorite TV Sharing a photo of your private healthcare provider The Harley Street Clinic
What are the causes of Asherman’s syndrome?
Asherman’s syndrome can affect the uterus of any woman who has become pregnant. There are no genetic or hereditary factors.
The uterus is lined with the endometrium which consists of two layers. The upper layer falls off during menstruation, while the basal layer is necessary for its renewal. Trauma to this basal layer, usually after a D&C (dilation and curettage, performed to remove remnants of the placenta after an elective abortion, miscarriage, or a missed or incomplete birth) can lead to the normal wound healing process. Damaged areas can fuse together, resulting in scarring or adhesions.
The scarring, which may be mild to severe, is not the result of aggressive scaling and cleansing but rather the body’s own reaction to the procedure. This, in turn, could mean that the endometrium fails to respond to pregnancy hormones and can lead to infertility or recurrent miscarriages, as well as high-risk pregnancies. Women may experience amenorrhea (no menstruation) or menstrual pain, which indicates obstruction of the cervix due to adhesions.
In many, but not all, cases, fertility can be restored by removing the adhesions.
Pregnancy-related D&Cs account for 90 percent of Asherman’s cases. The drug-based alternative to D&C is effective in 95 percent of women. But the remaining five percent will then need a D&C, which increases the risk of Asherman’s syndrome.
After an emotional morning, the TV favorite went on to share a photo of private healthcare provider The Harley Street Clinic.
Feeling relieved after her trip to the world’s leading private hospital, Louise told her followers how successful the appointment was.
“Harley Street Clinic is iconic,” she wrote enthusiastically.
I just had a date with the most cute and most confident women… I probably had adhesions inside my womb causing something called Asherman’s Syndrome.
Hysteroscopy will provide a better look inside the lumen than ultrasound but because I may need to start thinking about immunosuppressants, a non-essential surgery is not really an option.
“The main effects of Asherman are: painful contractions and fertility problems,” she concluded.
‘I had more important things’: Louise revealed she gained weight while taking antidepressants amid her battle with PTSD as she showed off her figure earlier this month
The update comes after Louise frankly revealed that she gained weight after taking antidepressants.
In an Instagram post earlier this month, Louise showed off her full figure after admitting that she succumbed to sugar cravings.
Alongside a picture of her wearing underwear, she wrote: “I have gained weight over the past two months.
When you take stimulants, you may gain weight due to your increased appetite. This is also the case for some of the antidepressants I have been using (except for Escitalopram).
The Fight: The Made In Chelsea star, 32, has been battling physical and mental health issues, including PTSD, after the traumatic birth of her son Leo, nine months old (pictured left in 2020)
“The one I’m currently eating definitely makes me hungrier, especially when I feel a spike in my serotonin levels, it’s as if I immediately crave sugar and run to the fridge.
Ulcerative colitis shakes also encourage weight gain. For many people with UC or Crohn’s, this is a desirable side effect because IBD can cause unintended weight loss which is very scary.
I had it before I got to the hospital. My body was losing a lot of fluid. [sic]”
Louise went on to point out that the medication wasn’t the cause of her weight gain, but the fact that she was eating more.
Struggles: The update comes after Louise frankly revealed that she gained weight after taking antidepressants
She explained: ‘A lot of people think you ‘miraculously’ gain weight when you take the drug and like to blame the drug itself for the weight gain, when in reality, you are likely taking in more calories than usual. …or making poor lifestyle choices.
Often you don’t even realize you’re making these changes. I know my UC shakes have 300 calories per pop which is only 200ml which takes me every 0.01 seconds to come back. I prefer to eat on a big piece of cheesecake, but unfortunately that’s not overloaded with any of the good stuff.
I didn’t really put 2 and 2 together when nailing several of these drinks in one day because I have so many other things going on in my head and my needs. Plus with limited activity and prosperity, it’s not a lifestyle I’d like to maintain in the long run.
“Now that I’m out of the hospital, I don’t really need to nail these jerks out of habit (and I’m afraid they’re the only thing that makes me better) [sic]”.
Teaching: Louise then shared a photo of the back of her son’s head in which she concluded “I can put on 10 kilos of fat by Christmas, which is a big problem when you’re my height”
Louise then shared a photo of the back of her son’s head where she concluded: “So000, if you’re in a calorie surplus (eat more energy than you burn), you’ll probably gain weight over time, like me.
“I only really noticed when I started using the nutrition turtlemethod app correctly over the past month that I am eating a lot more calories than usual, often eating my maintenance at 600/700 calories a day.
It certainly makes it hard to maintain or lose weight when your appetite is stimulated, I learned that firsthand, but I have a choice going forward.
“I didn’t really give a *** because I had much more important things to do, but I don’t want to keep adding 700 calories a day or I can gain 10kg of fat by Christmas when your height is such a big deal.
The reality star has been suffering from PTSD and perinatal anxiety since she died nearly twice when she gave birth to Leo in November.
Studies show that up to 17 percent of new mothers experience postpartum anxiety after giving birth.
It is believed to be caused by a combination of parenting trauma, hormonal fluctuations, and the effect of family life on sleep and stress levels.
If you have been affected by this story please contact the Trauma Birth Association at birthtraumaassociation.org.uk
For help and support regarding perinatal mental illness, please call PANDAS at 0808 1961 776
Health issues: The new mom has been struggling with PTSD and perinatal anxiety since she died nearly twice when she gave birth to Leo in November, which she shares with partner Ryan Libby.