11 Years of Horrendous Bleeding!
Hi there, thanks for the reply!
No, I have not a specialist, insurance and money have been an issue but it's something I'm open minded to. Maybe I need to pursue that more seriously. My current Dr. made a comment a couple months ago that fat stores estrogen and that my weight may very well be causing my hormones to be out of whack. Does anyone have experience with this statement? Is it true?
I've also lately considered trying some kind of Birth Control short term to see if it *might* regulate me just enough for me to come off and get pregnant. Has anyone had something like that work?
So sorry you are going through this and without a doctor who is willing to look harder. Is there any chance you can see a new doctor?
I have had heavy periods since starting my period, however after my children they became horrendous! Clots, feeling weak and soaking through pads and tampons like crazy. My doctors have never been too concerned but mine have only really lasted for 4-5 days. And really only two really heavy days.
I too am overweight and my first birth triggered a lot of health issues and the second only made them worse. I was also diagnosed with Celiac disease and finally (although nothing to do with the births) Fibromyalgia. I'm finally feeling great now that we are able to be proactive on both of these and my husband and I are in the position to think about TTC again.
So my current doctor (new to me as we just moved) has put me on small dose progesterone as my period the last year have been a little wonky and I haven't gotten them a couple times. She also put me on Metformin to help me lose a bit of weight and because it can help one get pregnant. I haven't noticed a big difference with the Metformin, but I am raving about the progesterone. It has slowed my periods considerably. The first month I was on it I didn't even need a pad! They've regulated bit more and are lasting a full 5 days instead of my usual 4 but they are much lighter in general and no clots. Of course it's made my usually regular cycle a bit wonky but for the reduced bleeding I'm enjoying it!
Of course progesterone is usually used to bring on bleeding but when I talked to my best friend who's also a pharmacist, she said that it can also slow bleeding as well and it's safe to take while trying to get pregnant and once pregnant to try and help continue the pregnancy (which I've lost a couple since my second born).
I simply wanted to share my story as I've been in a similar boat. Sometimes I think it takes a new doctor looking at your history with a fresh look. So I'd either be looking for a second opinion or a referral to a specialist :) Hopefully things work out for you soon!
Finally, I saw a naturopath who put me on thyroid meds right away. A couple of years later I was diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis and got on some additional meds. I got pregnant immediately after!
If I were you, I would consider finding a naturopath. I know it's expensive but can be so worth it. Alternatively, you could see an endocrinologist but just make sure they are more modern in their thinking.
I'm sorry you're going through this. Good luck on your healing journey. <3
I completely second seeing a naturopath if you can. Some insurances cover it just like any other doctor. I've had crazy cycles since the start, some months bleeding for 3 weeks straight - or even all the way through for 2 months or more at a time (not always heavy, sometimes very light but still there). I started seeing a naturopath, and on my first visit she started treating me for PCOS & thyroid issues. A few months in to seeing her, I started seeing an acupuncturist also (something else I highly recommend). My cycles are now the most normal they've ever been, I can tell when I ovulate, and I'm feeling better than I have in years.
I hope you can find the answers you need too - good luck!