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Louise Thompson reveals she has suspected Asherman’s syndrome

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Louise Thompson revealed that she has suspected Asherman’s syndrome – a rare condition where scar tissue builds up inside the uterus – as she continues to seek answers on her mystery health condition.

The Made In Chelsea star, 32, has been struggling with mental health problems and PTSD since the traumatic birth of her son Leo nine months ago but has also been battling a plethora of physical side effects from the birth.

Updating her followers on her condition on Tuesday, Louise revealed her cramping ‘has started to get pretty bad’ as she also slammed NHS wait times.

Pain: Louise Thompson took to her Instagram account on Tuesday updating followers on her wellbeing - while slamming the NHS wait times

Pain: Louise Thompson took to her Instagram account on Tuesday updating followers on her wellbeing – while slamming the NHS wait times

Sitting in the back of a car wearing her hood over her head with a fresh face of make-up, Louise candidly told her 1.4million followers about her latest prognosis.

Going into detail she explained: ‘Off to my 10000000x medical appointment this year dressed as a worm.

‘Going to go and have a scan of my pelvis. First one in about 3 months.’

Proud mother: The Made In Chelsea star, 32, has been struggling with mental health problems and PTSD since the traumatic birth of her son Leo nine months ago

Proud mother: The Made In Chelsea star, 32, has been struggling with mental health problems and PTSD since the traumatic birth of her son Leo nine months ago

Unimpressed with the health service, the frustrated patient wrote: ‘The NHS are saying I’ll have to wait months longer for a follow up appointment, so I’m going private…

‘Bit of a joke really when I still don’t have any answers as to what’s going on in that region and the last ultrasound was ‘inconclusive’ and the guy joked that it looked like there was something white and shiny in there.

‘My cramping has started to get pretty bad and I still haven’t had a menstrual cycle 10 months sooooo.’

Explanation: As she waited to see her consultant, Louise once again took to her phone to post a further update

Explanation: As she waited to see her consultant, Louise once again took to her phone to post a further update

As she waited to see her consultant, Louise once again took to her phone to post a further update.

Sharing a picture of her Nike trainers and her classic Chanel flap bag – she weighted: ‘I don’t know why I look to you guys for answers given that you don’t know the full extent of what happened.

‘I actually received an investigation report with details thicker than the complete works of Shakespeare the other day but I’m afraid to open it.

‘I was also scheduled to have a private hysteroscopy (small camera inside) in July but it coincided with my readmission to hospital for my ulcerative colitis, so it’s been on the back burner.’

‘Sometimes I can’t believe this is my life.’

Answers: After an emotional morning, the TV favorite went on to share a picture of private health care provider The Harley Street Clinic

Answers: After an emotional morning, the TV favorite went on to share a picture of private health care 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 conceived. There are no genetic or hereditary factors.

The uterus is lined by the endometrium which has two layers. The top layer is shed during menstruation, while the basal layer is needed to regenerate it. Trauma to this basal layer, usually after a D&C (dilation and curettage, performed to remove placental remains after an elective abortion, a missed or incomplete miscarriage or birth) can trigger the normal wound-healing process. The damaged areas can fuse together, leading to scars or adhesions.

The scarring, which may be mild to severe, is not a result of an aggressive D&C but rather the body’s own reaction to the procedure. It may in turn mean that the endometrium fails to respond to pregnancy hormones and can lead to infertility or repeated miscarriages, as well as high-risk pregnancies. Sufferers may have amenorrhea (no menstruation) or pain on menstruation, indicating the cervix is ​​blocked by adhesions.

In many cases, but not all, fertility can be restored by removing the adhesions.

Pregnancy-related D&Cs account for 90 per cent of Asherman’s cases. A drug-based alternative to D&C is just as effective in 95 per cent of women. But the remaining five per hundred will then need a D&C, increasing their risk of developing Asherman’s syndrome.

After an emotional morning, the TV favorite went on to share a picture of private health care provider The Harley Street Clinic.

Full of relief after her trip to the world-leading private hospital, Louise told her followers how the appointment was a success.

‘Harley Street clinic is iconic,’ she excitedly wrote.

‘Just had my appointment with the kindest and most trustworthy obs/gyne…it’s likely that I have adhesions inside my uterus causing something called Asherman’s Syndrome.

‘A hysteroscopy would offer a better look inside the cavity than an ultrasound but because I might need to start thinking immunosuppressants, having non essential surgery isn’t really an option.

She concluded: ‘The main impacts of Asherman’s are: painful cramping and fertility problems.’

'I've had more important things going on': Louise revealed she's gained weight taking antidepressants amid her PTSD battle as she showed off her figure earlier this month

‘I’ve had more important things going on’: Louise revealed she’s gained weight taking antidepressants amid her PTSD battle as she showed off her figure earlier this month

The update comes after Louise candidly revealed that she’s gained weight after taking antidepressants.

In an Instagram post earlier this month, Louise showed off her fuller figure after admitting she had succumbed to sugar cravings.

Alongside a picture of herself in lingerie, she penned: ‘I’ve put on some weight over the past two months.

‘When you take steroids you might put on weight because your appetite increases. This is also the case for a couple of the anti-depressants i’ve been on (with the exception of Escitalopram).

Struggles: The Made In Chelsea star, 32, has been battling both physical and mental health problems, including PTSD, after the traumatic birth of her son Leo, nine months (pictured in 2020)

Honest: In an Instagram post earlier this month, Louise showed off her fuller figure after admitting she had succumbed to sugar cravings

Struggles: The Made In Chelsea star, 32, has been battling both physical and mental health problems, including PTSD, after the traumatic birth of her son Leo, nine months (pictured left in 2020)

‘The one I’m currently taking definitely makes me more hungry, especially when I feel surges of serotonin It’s like I immediately crave sugar and run to the fridge.

‘The Ulcerative Colitis shakes i’ve been on also encourage weight gain. For a lot of people with UC or Crohn’s this is a desirable side effect because inflammatory bowel diseases can cause unintentional weight loss which is very scary.

‘I had that before I went into hospital. My body was losing so much fluid. [sic]’

Louise went on to note that it wasn’t her medication causing her weight gain, but the fact that she herself had been eating more.

Struggles: The update comes after Louise candidly revealed that she's gained weight after taking antidepressants

Struggles: The update comes after Louise candidly revealed that she’s gained weight after taking antidepressants

She explained: ‘A lot of people think that you ‘miraculously’ put on weight when you consume medication and like to blame the medication itself for weight gain, when in fact, it is more than likely that you’re eating more calories than usual …or adopting poor lifestyle choices.

‘More often than not you don’t even realize you’re making these changes. I know that my UC shakes have 300 cals a pop in and they’re only 200mls which takes me all of 0.01 seconds to slurp back. I’d rather be chowing down on a big fat slab of cheesecake, but sadly that isn’t loaded with any of the good stuff.

‘I didn’t really put 2 and 2 together when nailing multiple of these drinks in a day because I had a lot of other things going on in my head and needs must. Couple that with limited activity and boom, it’s not a lifestyle that I’d like to keep up longer term.

‘Now that I’ve left hospital I don’t really need to be nailing these shakes out of habit (and fear that they’re the only thing making me better) [sic].’

Teaching: Louise then shared a picture of the back of her son's head as she concluded 'I could put on 10kg of fat by Christmas which when you're my height is quite a big deal'

Teaching: Louise then shared a picture of the back of her son’s head as she concluded ‘I could put on 10kg of fat by Christmas which when you’re my height is quite a big deal’

Louise then shared a picture of the back of her son’s head as she concluded: ‘So000, if you’re in a calorie surplus (eating more than the energy you burn) then you will likely gain weight over time, like me.

‘It was only really when I started using our @turtlemethod nutrition app properly again over the past month that I noticed I’ve been eating a lot more calories than normal, often going over my maintenance by 600/700 cals a day.

‘It certainly makes it harder to maintain or lose weight when your appetite is stimulated, i’ve learned that first hand, but I DO have a choice moving forward.

‘I haven’t actually given as*** because i’ve had much more important things going on, but I don’t want to keep going over by 700 calories a day or I could put on 10kg of fat by Christmas which when you’re my height is quite a big deal.’

The reality star has been struggling with PTSD and perinatal anxiety since nearly dying twice when she gave birth to Leo in November.

As many as 17 percent of new mothers experience postnatal anxiety after giving birth, studies suggest.

It is thought to be caused by a combination of the shock of parenthood, hormonal fluctuations, and the impact family life has on sleep and stress levels.

If you have been affected by this story please contact Birth Trauma Association at birthtraumaassociation.org.uk

For help and support with perinatal mental illness please contact PANDAS on 0808 1961 776

Health woes: The new mother has been struggling with PTSD and perinatal anxiety since nearly dying twice when she gave birth to Leo in November, who she shares with partner Ryan Libbey

Health woes: The new mother has been struggling with PTSD and perinatal anxiety since nearly dying twice when she gave birth to Leo in November, who she shares with partner Ryan Libbey

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