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Virgin River: Endometriosis and TBI medical conditions in season 5 explained

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Virgin River often discusses medical and health topics and season 5 is no different as endometriosis and TBI are mentioned throughout the new chapter – but what exactly are they?

*WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Virgin River season 5* — While Virgin River may be a largely easy-going romantic drama, the Netflix series has touched on a number of serious topics and as the show’s main character Mel is a nurse, many of these have revolved around health issues.

Hope’s TBI in Virgin River explained

Throughout season 5 of Virgin River, Hope and several characters around her use the acronym TBI to discuss her condition following the catastrophic car crash she was involved in back in season 3.

TBI is an abbreviation for ‘traumatic brain injury,’ which are caused by violent impacts to the head or body or when a foreign object damages brain tissue.

Depending on the severity of the injury, TBIs can have fairly mild symptoms such as headaches, nausea and dizziness to more serious affects including memory loss, sensory problems, mood swings and mental health issues per Mayo Clinic.

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Hope has been on the slow road to recovery throughout seasons 4 and 5 and requires the help of a home health aide to carry out certain tasks. In the season 4 finale, she offered the job to Lizzie, who in season 5 accepts the position which leads to an ever-closer bond with Hope.

Annette O'Toole as Hope McCrea pulling a cheeky smile in Virgin River season 5
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Virgin River explores Ava’s endometriosis

In one of the final scenes of episode 1, Mel is out having drinks with new arrival Ava, Lilly’s daughter and Tara’s older sister, when she suddenly starts tensing with pain before collapsing.

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Following a trip to the hospital in the second episode, Ava reveals to Mel that she has a condition called endometriosis, which is where tissue similar to that the lines the inside of the womb starts to grow outside of the uterus in places such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.

Endometrioma is a condition that is still being researched but according the World Health Organization, 10% of woman are believed to suffer from it worldwide.

Ava explains that her recent collapse was the result of an endometrioma, a cystic lesion that forms on the tissue and can be incredibly painful.

The condition raises its head again later in the season when Ava passes out due to her endometriosis pain and hits her head, leaving her unconscious as wildfires approach Lilly’s old farmhouse where she’s been staying, putting her and baby Chloe’s lives at risk.

Libby Osler as Ava wearing a hat in Virgin River season 5
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How Ava decides to cope with her condition

In episode 2, Ava reveals that she previously had laparoscopic surgery to remove the tissue.

However, the procedure only provided a temporary solution as her endometriosis has returned in season 5 and is spreading across her uterus again.

Eventually, by the end of season 5, Ava decides to undergo a hysterectomy, to have her uterus removed, so that the endometriosis cannot return. But not before she freezes some of her eggs so that she can still have a child if she decides to start a family in the future.

After Mel suffers her own fertility issues in season 5, Ava’s story could prove to be an inspiration for her and Jack in their own efforts to have children as they could potentially have a baby through surrogacy if Mel is indeed unable to have children herself.

Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan, Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe pressing their foreheads together in Virgin River season 5
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Virgin River season 5 is available to stream now on Netflix after it arrived on Thursday, September 7, 2023.

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Virgin River: Endometriosis and TBI medical conditions in season 5 explained

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Virgin River often discusses medical and health topics and season 5 is no different as endometriosis and TBI are mentioned throughout the new chapter – but what exactly are they?

*WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Virgin River season 5* — While Virgin River may be a largely easy-going romantic drama, the Netflix series has touched on a number of serious topics and as the show’s main character Mel is a nurse, many of these have revolved around health issues.

Hope’s TBI in Virgin River explained

Throughout season 5 of Virgin River, Hope and several characters around her use the acronym TBI to discuss her condition following the catastrophic car crash she was involved in back in season 3.

TBI is an abbreviation for ‘traumatic brain injury,’ which are caused by violent impacts to the head or body or when a foreign object damages brain tissue.

Depending on the severity of the injury, TBIs can have fairly mild symptoms such as headaches, nausea and dizziness to more serious affects including memory loss, sensory problems, mood swings and mental health issues per Mayo Clinic.

WATCH HERE

Hope has been on the slow road to recovery throughout seasons 4 and 5 and requires the help of a home health aide to carry out certain tasks. In the season 4 finale, she offered the job to Lizzie, who in season 5 accepts the position which leads to an ever-closer bond with Hope.

Annette O'Toole as Hope McCrea pulling a cheeky smile in Virgin River season 5
© Netflix

Virgin River explores Ava’s endometriosis

In one of the final scenes of episode 1, Mel is out having drinks with new arrival Ava, Lilly’s daughter and Tara’s older sister, when she suddenly starts tensing with pain before collapsing.

WATCH HERE

Following a trip to the hospital in the second episode, Ava reveals to Mel that she has a condition called endometriosis, which is where tissue similar to that the lines the inside of the womb starts to grow outside of the uterus in places such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.

Endometrioma is a condition that is still being researched but according the World Health Organization, 10% of woman are believed to suffer from it worldwide.

Ava explains that her recent collapse was the result of an endometrioma, a cystic lesion that forms on the tissue and can be incredibly painful.

The condition raises its head again later in the season when Ava passes out due to her endometriosis pain and hits her head, leaving her unconscious as wildfires approach Lilly’s old farmhouse where she’s been staying, putting her and baby Chloe’s lives at risk.

Libby Osler as Ava wearing a hat in Virgin River season 5
© Netflix

How Ava decides to cope with her condition

In episode 2, Ava reveals that she previously had laparoscopic surgery to remove the tissue.

However, the procedure only provided a temporary solution as her endometriosis has returned in season 5 and is spreading across her uterus again.

Eventually, by the end of season 5, Ava decides to undergo a hysterectomy, to have her uterus removed, so that the endometriosis cannot return. But not before she freezes some of her eggs so that she can still have a child if she decides to start a family in the future.

After Mel suffers her own fertility issues in season 5, Ava’s story could prove to be an inspiration for her and Jack in their own efforts to have children as they could potentially have a baby through surrogacy if Mel is indeed unable to have children herself.

Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan, Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe pressing their foreheads together in Virgin River season 5
© Netflix

Virgin River season 5 is available to stream now on Netflix after it arrived on Thursday, September 7, 2023.

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