I always thought my periods aren't bad, no cramps, regular like a clock and over very quickly. The only problem is they're heavy. I pretty much have to stay home the first two days to avoid leaking. I go to bathroom all the time and don't sleep so well at night because I had to get up often. I use a cup so I know the amount of blood I lose is anywhere from 6 to 12 oz. My ferritin is chronically low and my hemoglobin always near the minimum normal. I try to eat lots of beef and take some supplements after each period. So far I haven't been officially anemic, though I do feel anemic during and after periods sometimes. Feeling dizzy and tired, some headache and shortness of breath. I think it's because almost all the bleeding happen within 24 - 30 hours. My periods usually just stops at the two day mark, going from gushing to nothing within a couple hours.
I keep pondering if life couldn't be better if I don't spend all my time trying to recover blood loss, and being so close to anemia. I don't know what my doctor can do, though. We had an ultrasound done last year and didn't find anything. She suggested birth control pills but I was afraid of the side effects. My only experience with the pill was horrible (non-stop yeast infection), though that was 15 years ago.
Does anyone with similar experience have some suggestions? I know well enough about keeping iron up, but is there anything I can do to reduce the bleeding? Should I try the pill again?
*I'm almost 42 and ovulating regularly. I'm sure I'm nowhere near menopause yet, as that happens in late 50s in my family.
Ok, found it
Other than dong quai, there are many other herbs - shatavari (from mountain rose herbs) can be used as a tea and is extremely good for dealing with menstruation issues.
Susan weed has a couple of books - maybe you can check those out from the library..