Prior to January 2014 I was bleeding hevy and passing clots often with no breaks. I was finally able to afford to go see the Dr and my obgyn in Mid January. I started on Junel after much discussion, and it seemed to work for about 3 weeks. I had a little break through bleeding. This pack had only 3 weeks, so I thought I was suppose to have a rest week then continue use, as explained in my packet(later my dr explained she wanted me on continual no breaks, I wasn't suppose to have any period at all for now). So about Mid February on Valentines day weekend I had an incapacitate episode of extreme pain, Extreme bleeding with constant large clots (Had to where a tampon, a pad and an adult diaper). I was going through tampons on the 1/2 hr, and pads on the hr. I'd have to where extra protection to not make a mess. It slowly stopped after 2 weeks, I went back to my primary and obgyn. They both said I should had gone to the ER. She told me to continue taking the Junel, I did. Had browning throughout march, Pinking and a lot of pain throughout april, and went back to my obygyn to discuss the continual breakthrough bleeding and pains I was having some days it's still incapacitating. I had another bleeding episode in the beginning of May and it was accompanied with dizziness this time as well as pain. Went to the ER this round, they could find nothing wrong with me as far as blood test go,The Dr said and I quote"on paper you are a perfectly healthy human being" so I got sent home with the advice of keep taking my new pill, and IB profrin for pain. She also told me sometimes women experience this for 6 months before their bodies regulate out normal.There are many who have worse situations than me and not to worry. I have been tested by by dr and obgyn and nothing abnormal is showing up, nothing at all, vitals are perfect. I have had an ultrasound,It is clear. I am having a hard time functioning like this. I have a very physical job as a massage therapist and they are doing all they can to keep me. I suppose my question is, anyone else experience this kind of bleeding? Is it normal to wait? Will my body regulate out after 6 months on this new pill sprintec? I am only 6 Days on it and my bleeding is on going and occasionally painful.The bleeding is not as severe as my February episode but that's why I went to the ER so it wouldn't get that way. In the end my ERdr told me everyones body is different and this is just how yours is functioning... I don't have answers and I don't know were to go to further explore this, I can't function like this. I really want to avoid a hysterectomy but at this point I don't care. I need some kind of direction.
There is a name for it, dysfunctional uterine bleeding. Means we don't know why the heck you're bleeding, just that you are. You didn't say how old you are, but if it were me and I was done having kids, it would be get it out of there dr. Once you are done having children you don't really need your uterus. It can take up to 6 mos to get used to the pills. Has anyone suggested a D and C? Years ago, I had some bleeding not as heavy as you but almost constant, and my dr did one and I was fine for a year.
They have ruled out fibroids or any physical cause? Bless your heart! Are you done having kids? If yes, then you may just want to consider a partial hysterectomy which is just removing the uterus and leaving the ovaries. The ovaries will continue to secrete hormones and you will still have some PMS symptoms, just not the bleeding because the uterus is no longer there. I'm surprised that you are not anemic! I bleed heavy too and I have to wear adult diapers my first several days of my period but I dont have breakthrough bleeding, just heavy a$$ed periods. I need to see the gynecologist myself because I do get anemic if I do not take iron supplements. If you havent had kids yet, you dont want to get a hysterectomy, especially if you are young because you may want kids some day.
In that case, you'll just have to find the right regimen that helps you. Have they tried the ibuprofen regimen to stop your heavy bleeding (not just for pain/cramps?) We used to put women on 600-800mg ibuprofen doses. Eventually it controls the prostagladins and help decrease bleeding. Most people think that ibuprofen leads to heavy bleeding but in this case it doesnt. You just have to be sure to take the ibuprofen doses with food always so it doesnt do a number on your stomach. Here is the regimen we used for heavy bleeding:
Regimen for menstrual cramps and heavy menstrual bleeding
The following regimen effectively treats menstrual cramps and bleeding
90% of the time. It also helps with migraine headaches related to the
menstrual cycle. There is no need to take oral contraceptives.
• Take 800 mg of Magnesium starting 7 days prior to your period and
end the last day of your period.
• Take 1,000 mg of Calcium starting 7 days prior to your period and
end the last day of your period.
• Take 3-4 (ibuprofen) Advil (or a store generic brand is fine)with meals (three times a day) starting on the first day of your
period. If you are not sexually active, start them 3-4 days prior to
• Take Pepcid AC (famotidine) on each day that you take the Advil. (this helps to protect your stomach)
• Let your doctor know what you are taking.
I have had this problem now for a year and a half... I don't know what's wrong, but when I was younger I was diagnosed with a cyst, and when I had my last checkup, about 2 years ago or so, my uterus was swollen and the cyst was still there... I am trying to get tested done now. I live in Canada and it takes much longer to get in for tests and I have to wait 3 months for an ultrasound. The pain of the cramps is very bad and I go through about 15 pads or more a day with how much blood I am losing. My doctor (who isn't my family doctor because I can't get one. I moved and I can't even find a family doctor) put me on provera. I took the provera 3 times a day and it stopped the period, but it was accompanied by severe pain, headaches and nausea to the point where I couldn't work. I had to stop taking them and tried to only have 1 a day. This caused the problem to worsen, and now i am bleeding 20x worse.
I wish I knew what was going on, but it seems pretty hopeless. :( So the bleeding can continue for a year+ and even more if you don't figure out the cause. I had blood work too and it was completely normal. I will update on what happens with my ultrasound. my mother had breast cancer and also had to have a D&C when she was my age for the same problem I have. Perhaps I need one too.
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