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Medical Papers Linking Vitamin K Deficiency to Ovarian Hemorrhage
Click here for a study I found on Pubmed cautioning doctors that "Ovarian hemorrhage with hemoperitoneum is a rare but serious complication of ovulation related to rupture of either the corpus luteum or functional cyst. It is due to treatment using oral indirect anticoagulant and specifically affects young women." In this paper ovarian hemorrhage of the patients was brought on by anticoagulants. Anticoagulants, like vitamin E, also block vitamin K. In my case I was taking vitamin E rather than anticoagulants, but I think that perhaps net result was similar - the resulting vitamin K deficiency played havoc with my right ovary.
I also found another related paper on Pubmed linking ovarian cysts to a vitamin K deficiency brought on by anticoagulant therapy, In this study the authors noted, a " Hemorrhagic follicular cyst of the left ovary. An unusual complication of anticoagulant treatment."
A 1979 paper in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, noted that all physicians should be on the alert for ovarian hemorrhage in patients receiving anticoagulant therapy.
Causes and Treatments That Worked for My Pain
So whether I had ovarian cysts at the time of my last sonogram or not is unknown. One doctor thought I didn't, another one thought for sure I did. But I do know for sure that I had excruciating pain in my ovary when my blood was thin and not clotting, and the pain cleared up when I got more vitamin K into my system and my blood began clotting normally again. Even now, if I eat a lot of blood thinning foods, the pain in my ovary will return. It is not as bad as I have had it in the past, but a mild pain still returns sometimes if I eat certain foods, or combinations of foods.
My pain will go away if I eat foods high in vitamin K. Any type of food that tends to clot my blood seems to help me. Lately I have been having steamed broccoli and that works out great.
Foods That Have Triggered Ovarian Pain for Me:
Foods That Reduced My Ovarian Pain:
There are many possible causes of ovarian pain including cysts, ectopic pregnancy, high estrogen levels, and cancer. The condition should always be evaluated by a doctor. Vitamin K is a possible, and perhaps not well known, cause of ovarian pain. A number of medical papers have noted a link between ovarian hemorrhage and anticoagulant therapy. Long term use of anticoagulants may cause a vitamin K deficiency. In my case I developed bleeding problems and ovarian pain from vitamin E therapy. Vitamin E thins the blood, so like anticoagulants, long term usage may also cause a vitamin K deficiency. In my case eating vitamin K rich foods eliminated by vitamin K deficiency and alleviated my ovarian pain.
Caution: People taking anticoagulants, or those with any type of blood clots or other health conditions, should not increases vitamin K rich foods in their diets without supervision of their physician.
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