Woman Left Paralysed After Giving Birth Due to Metrorrhagia: Have You Heard of This Condition?
He's looked after her for 13 years
Having a new baby in the house can be quite stressful for some fathers. But when you have a little one on your hands and your wife is also suffering from Metrorrhagia (irregular uterine bleeding – we’ll explain more about this condition later in the article), the additional “sick spouse stress” created can be extremely overwhelming.
Just as it happened to this man, also a loving father and husband.
Some years ago, soon after giving birth to their first child, his wife suffered from obstetric complications, reportedly linked to Metrorrhagia. This left her paralysed from the neck down, which meant she couldn’t hold her newborn and neither could she breastfeed her by herself.
But her doting husband didn’t give up hope on her. He decided to care for her as long as he could.
Sick spouse stress didn’t deter this man from doing his duty
“After giving birth to my first baby, my wife had metrorrhagia, which made her a paralytic. Although she cannot talk or walk now, her brain still works normally and her heart still beats. Therefore, it’s too painful that she understands everything but cannot talk,” he reportedly told FeedyTV.
It’s been over 13 years, but this doting husband hasn’t since left his wife’s side. In addition to providing for their daughter and caring for his paralysed wife, the man also takes care of his 80-year-old mother.
Husband helps paralysed wife speak again
Even though he has been advised several times by his family and friends to leave his paralysed wife and start a new life, he refuses to abandon her.
In fact, he has been working on coaching her to speak. And, after almost a decade she has started using small sounds and even babbles a few words.
Along with his 13-year-old daughter who also helps take care of her mother, this man is hopeful that his wife will once again be the same person he once fell in love with.
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Although this story is quite emotional, it is also a reminder of why there should be more awareness about Metrorrhagia.
What is Metrorrhagia?
In this heart-warming real-life story, the husband shared that his wife was suffering from Metrorrhagia. And soon after birth it led to her paralytic state. So what is Metrorrhagia and why it is so dangerous? Let’s find out.
Metrorrhagia is irregular uterine bleeding that particularly occurs between two menstrual cycles. It is usually about eight tablespoons of bleeding in one cycle (with average being two to three tablespoons).
This can be an underlying sign of a bigger medical issue such as hormonal imbalance, endometriosis, uterine fibroids and even uterine cancer.
Therefore, it is imperative that you get your checked for it.
Why Metrorrhagia must be diagnosed
Since this medical problem leads to irregular bleeding, it can cause severe anemia, severe cramping, dizziness, and even fainting. In rare cases, it can even indicate cancer.
If an expecting mother is suffering from Metrorrhagia and it is not detected during the pregnancy, it can lead to further medical complications.
In this case, the woman lost a lot of blood during delivery, causing permanent paralysis post delivery.
However, the important point to note here is that most of the irregular vaginal bleeding occurs really early in the pregnancy, sometimes even before the woman realises she is pregnant. But vaginal bleeding during pregnancy is related to ectopic pregnancy or can even be a sign of miscarriage.
Type of bleeding can reveal Metrorrhagia
In order to identify Metrorrhagia, the type of abnormal bleeding is taken into consideration.
- Duration of bleeding: If you’ve abnormal bled for too long (more than two weeks), it is called hypermenorrhea. You can call it hypomenorrhea, if you bleed for too short a period (barely two to three days).
- Interval of bleeding: Sometimes the interval of bleeding reveals abnormality. For instance, if the woman’s menstrual periods occur too frequently (polymenorrhea) or rarely (oligomenorrhea). Or, it is metrorrhagia, if the duration varies excessively from one cycle to the next cycle.
- Volume of bleeding: If a woman bleeds excessively (menorrhagia) or barely (hypomenorrhea) can help determine the abnormality. Or, if a woman suffers from a combination of excessive bleeding and bleeds more than the expected time of menstruation, it is identified as menometrorrhagia.
On the basis of this analysis, the doctor will diagnose its severity. But if symptoms occur and you are able to track the abnormality levels of bleeding, doctor can prescribe medicines to reduce its severity.
We recommend that if you are expecting and spot any irregularities in your bleeding patterns, immediately consult with your doctor.
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