Originally Posted by PinkPixie
I had never heard about it either until I was admitted to the hospital with dd (preg #3) and was diagnosed with it.
It all made sense. I was always wondering why I was in so much pain for periods at a time, when other women's bh were just a tightening now and then.
I'll try google-ing the term to find out more info on the subject. Not sure about the toner either.
I found this:Q. What exactly does "Irritable Uterus" mean and what if any problems will it present during labor, delivery, and post partum?
My Doc said I had a "irritable uterus also. I am 36 weeks on Friday. I was hospitalized for contractions at 25 weeks and again at 32 weeks with contractions coming every minute and lasting 90 seconds. But no dilation or effacement. I am completely frustrated as my contractions start even when I am not dooing anything at all. Both times I was in bed when they started.A. An 'irritable uterus' means simply that your uterus contracts without causing any changes in your cervix, or labor.
There are many causes: dehydration
(<8-10 glasses of water/day), infections
(urinary or vaginal), twins
or multiple gestations, and stress
are main causative factors. The concern comes in, before 36-37 weeks that perhaps the contractions are labor, or perhaps preterm dilatation. That is why you were hospitalized, so evaluate you for preterm labor. Now you are at 'term' so an irritable uterus becomes less of a concern.
Now, it's just irritating !!
An irritable uterus has NOTHING to do with your labor: neither making it shorter nor longer, nor less effective. It is simply the uterus contracting in an erratic, irregular pattern.
I have cyclothymia (form of bipolar) and have been off all my meds since ttc, so I wonder if my early and frequent BHs might be some sort of reaction to stress? I drink water, it's a single birth and I'm infection-free. Must be stress or some sort of predisposition....
Please let me know what you find about this -- I'm going to ask my m/w tomorrow.