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Gum sensitivity and my lap results - I don't understand them?

Hi Ladies

I wonder if I can ask you all two questions please.

1. Does anyone have extreme gum sensitivity? I cant even get my toothbrush near a part of my mouth but try gentle strokes and on my dentist's recommendation, had a big blob of toothpaste to the area. I've been to see my fab dentist and took some research but he is only aware of one patient having endo and she suffered with bleeding gums. He took some x-rays and he said that my top bone was wearing away - do you have any symptoms please.

2. My second question is my lap results - I went to see my gp to explain them but I got the impression she didn't really know so I hope someone can help me understand them please

"Section shows abundant blood clot material admixed with polypoid pieces of endometrial tissues. These pieces contain tubular and elongated glands with a cellular, variably fibrotic stroma. Some polypoid pieces of endocervial mucosa are also seen. Diagnosis 1. consistent with endometrial polyp 2. endocervial polyp.

Thank you

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hi, i never thought that gum sensitivity was a symptom of endo until i read this. i experience that once a mth when havin my period. The right side of my mouth would b extremely sore. now that i know of this i will have to discuss it the next time i visit my doc. i hope u get answers to your questions soon. tc


Hi roan

There has been some research into this. Here is the extract for you in case it is useful for you - you can take a copy along with you for your doc visit.


Periodontal Disease Association with Endometriosis

There are many links between periodontal disease (perio) and ones general health. More and more information from researchers all over the world comes in daily. Just recently, new studies by the University of Michigan Endometriosis Center reported the possibility that there is an association. Both are immune response impairments. In the study, women with endometriosis had a 57% higher likelihood of having perio issues than those without endometriosis. Over 4000 women were used in the study.

Endometriosis is an issue found in women of childbearing age. It is the thickening of the outside of the uterus, often causing pain, abnormal bleeding and sometimes infertility. There is no known conclusive cause for endometriosis. There are a number of treatments; each depending on age and desire to become pregnant. The treatments may involve medications such as pain relievers, hormone treatment, oral contraceptives and others. Surgery is another option for severe cases or in those treating infertility.

Periodontal disease is a chronic infectious inflammation found in the mouth. The word comes from “peri” meaning around and “dontal” meaning tooth. Eighty percent of all adults have had some degree of the disease. Perio infection (affecting soft tissue) and tooth decay (affecting hard tissue) are the most prevalent diseases on the planet earth, however, because it’s in the mouth, out-of-sight, it is often put out-of-mind. Symptoms include swollen gums, loose teeth, painful chewing, bleeding gums. However, some people have no outward symptoms. A dentist can determine if periodontal disease or gingivitis exists and to what extent.

The reason for the possible link is not clear. The researchers at University of Michigan concluded, “Although it is conceivable that the multifactorial development of endometriosis may be augmented by an immune response to an infectious agent, the potential underlying link between endometriosis and periodontal disease may be a generalized, global immune dysregulation.” References: (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18394619)

Even though the study was not conclusive (most studies are not), it is just another indication that perio disease affects the whole body, not just the mouth. It is critical that women visit a dentist for regular six month check-ups and cleanings. If perio disease is present, it is also imperative that treatment be started. And most important, impeccable home oral care is necessary to keep teeth and gums healthy. The evidence points to reducing the risk of stroke by taking care of your mouth.


Hi, I get pain in my jaw and my teeth that seems to be related to my cycle for the past 3 years ish. I presumed it was something to do with my PMDD and that I was clenching my jaw too tightly or something because of stress. I would not be surprised at all if I'm affected by "a generalized, global immune dysregulation" as there are numerous other problems I get around ovulation and in the 7-10 days before my period. Sorry I know my reply doesn't help you with more info, just interested that there might be a link!


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