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#1 of 4 Old 05-31-2011, 09:28 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am 35 y/o and in May of 2010 I weaned our son after being nursing or pregnant for the past 8 ½ years.  In the past I had always had clockwork regular cycles and my period returned, on average, 6-8 months after each child’s birth.   Starting in June of 2010 my cycles became highly irregular.  I missed a period in June of 2010 and then began bleeding in early July and continued bleeding until late August.  My period was heavy and clotty and I was diagnosed as anemic in August.  I met with a NMW in September who sent me for a vaginal ultrasound where two large ovarian cysts were found. No uterine abnormalities were noted. The cysts were removed in October and the surgeon said that my ovaries looked good and he felt they were functional.  My cycles went back to being regular again in November, December and January but in February I returned to extremely irregular, heavy, long-lasting periods.  Meanwhile I had an FSH test and was told that I was at a 1.9 which does not indicate that I am perimenopausal.  CBC and thyroid tests have come back “normal.”  Currently I have been bleeding for eight weeks with no end in sight.  I am confident I am still anemic as I am loosing between 2 and 6 oz. of blood a day. I tried Vitex for a few months but it had no effect.  Last week I had a uterine biopsy which came back as normal as well.  The NMW is out of ideas and has recommended I see a gynecologist for a D&C.  Everything I have read about a D&C for excessive bleeding indicates that this is a temporary solution.   I am not necessarily opposed to birth control pills but I would really like to know why this is happening.  I don’t want to mask the issue for a couple of months only to have it come back, no closer to an answer.   I would really like to have one more child so I don’t want to consider an ablation or hysterectomy. In the mean time though, this is overrunning my life…I don’t go anywhere without being very close to a bathroom, have missed work and had to leave the gym due to excessive bleeding, I don’t feel like being intimate with my husband and I am simply exhausted, physically, emotionally and financially from trying to solve this issue.

  • Has anyone been through something similar?
  • Did you receive an accurate diagnosis and if so, what was it?
  • Who did you see?  (OB/GYN, Endocrinologist, Neuropath, etc?)
  • Were you able to conceive again?
  • Do you have any suggestions as to what I should try or what kind of practitioner I should see?  
  • Has anyone been to a reproductive endocrinologist for something like this?

 

Thanks in advance!

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Dr. Christine Northrup & Suzanne Somers have both written about holistic options for excessive bleeding in perimenopause (search google for online articles by them, but both have books that address the topic as well).

 

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I went through something very similar, and it is exhausting.   In my case I have developed adenomyosis, and it just set off a really awful cycle and with the continuous bleeding I had more irritation and more bleeding and eventually infection.  I also had to have two transfusions as a result of the excessive bloodloss. 

 

The OB offered depo to help stop the bleeding, but as I become really depressed on that particular med, that wasn't a good option, so I had daily progesterone shots for a couple weeks.  It did stop, though I then had another bleed (heavy and about 10 days long) when the shots were done.  My OB was very clear that if I have another round like that one, hysterectomy will probably be the best option.  In my situation, this isn't something that will get better, it will simply get worse over time.  Since we knew we wanted one more child, we went ahead and decided to TTC sooner rather than later.  We were successful,  but the pregnancy is high risk because of the scar tissue throughout my uterus.  We'll see what happens in December. :)

 

I am hoping to have a vaginal delivery, but my OB isn't keen on the idea as the quantity of scar tissue makes uterine rupture a very real risk. If we do have to go with a csection, I will have a hysterectomy at that time.  Adenomyosis is hard to manage, exhausting, painful, and the only real cure is a hysterectomy or menopause. 

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I had this problem for 2 years. I eventually saw an endocrinologist who tried several different medications with very limited success. Together we decided on a d&e and hysteroscopy. He found a bunch of polyps and removed them. I got pregnant the next month and had a healthy baby girl in February (vaginally).

I had tried all kinds of natural remedies and nothing had worked, I really think that the only thing that was ever going to stop the insane bleeding was a d&e.

I hope you find an answer soon, I know how incredibly frustrating and exhausting it can be. I felt better at 9 months pregnant than I did before the d&e.
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