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.
Mom to 2 beautiful autistic boys (13 & 12)
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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..