I have horribly heavy , long and very painful periods. They usually last up to two and a half weeks. When I was on birth control they lasted more like 1 1/2 months , I would start a few days before the placebo pills. I have l always had large clots that come out while I'm having my periods, just wondered if anyone else does or if this means I have endometriosis. I have always had horrible periods, and I was 10 and a half when I started. I was diagnosed with pmdd when I was 15 and also had a ruptured cyst. I have been on different types of birth control pills and the shot, but my body does not tolerate any birth control. I have been off of any since November.
Hey Adrein26, I've had a hysterectomy 9 years ago at the age of 39. They told me I did not endometriosis, but my periods starting at 15 was terrible. I did clot alot, never knew when it was coming or hold long it would last. I would dry heave and would be in so much pain on the first sign of my period I would pass out.. I've never had children, they said I was so scared early in life that I probably never could, so I finally BEGGED them for surgery and I'm very happy about it except it through me into early menapause. I wish I could help you more, my feelings go out to you. The only thing I could suggest is to find a female gynocologist, caring and friendly, sometimes you have to be VERY assertive to get them to understand. I was very fortunate, but she is in Little Rock, Arkansas. There has to be something they can give you, with me it was just to get thru it. Those are the times I would wish I was a man. LOL Let me know if you find a good doctor. I found Dr. Breen not to be to sympathetic. Good Luck. peggylee
You could very well have endo,i have the same symptoms as you and after going back and forward to my gp for yers and trying different birth controls and shots and getting no joy-pains were still increasinly bad,i went to gynecologist who told me i had endo. I had laparascopy recently to laser off the endo,unfortunately i am still in alot of pain, but we are all different,my case seems to be unusual so the doctors say as i dont just have pain when i have my period,i'm in constant pain-period pain,severe cramps etc,that goes on many weeks in the month,usually i might have just one free week of pain in the month and thats on a good month,but anyway enough about me just said would share my experience,not trying to scare you off but i can so relate to your pain and its just horrible,but you should definitely go get checked out for endo,it can do no harm.
Wishing you all the best and painfree soon
This sounds horribly painful indeed! I am sorry that you are suffering so.
Is it possible that what you think are clots is just the uterine lining? We shed it every month, as you know I'm sure.
This is really disgusting, but may I ask you if the clots look sort of like chicken livers? (I know, that was really GROSS!!! )
Best wishes, and get yourself to a good OB?GYN asap. Puckiemull has been through hell with her endo, so she does know of what she speaks!
I just talked to my gyno doc recently last week asking about blood clots bc I have them a lot, sometimes their big and sometimes small. My Dr said that for me its my bodies way of cleaning itself out from time to time just like discharge. I'm 100% sure that your Dr can help you and find a less painful medication or bc if you just talk to him/her. :) goodluck
Wow, you have just pretty much explained my own history. I always have had heavy periods, as a teenager, I was embarrassed all the time, afraid I may bleed on something or even ruin something. It was not until I was a bit older that the big clots started. After one cyst ruptured at work and many phone calls into my OBGYN's office stating I am passing so many clots and going through so many tampons, I feel weak and sick. To her avoidance of the issue another doctor did some blood work and found I was severely anemic. My periods were not only really heavy and lasting the two weeks at times, towards the end of my period I would start with extreme pain in my lower back, like someone was taking a large fork and racking it into my back, then it would eventually move into my legs. But it started to last longer, the pain. And it seemed to work its way into the weeks I was not on my period. Still it seemed like it was not something to be concerned about to my OB.
Finally a doctor sent me to Rheumatologist to just see what they thought. I was not in there 5 minutes and he said, you have endometriosis. He said you need a laparoscopy. I told my OB and she rolled her eyes. When the insurance company decided they wanted some reasoning as to why the lap. (because they did not pay for fertility treatment and would not pay for this if it were for that reason.) My OB would not fill out the paper work, I have to get the Rheumatologist to do it. I should have had someone else perform the procedure as well, but once the insurance was on board, I had the procedure and sure enough that entire area in my back was full of it. And after a little research, the heavy periods, the pain that went into my butt and legs were all symptoms of endometriosis. I was pretty upset because I had been lucky enough to have one child but I really wanted more. So if you EVEN think you may have it, talk to your doctor, go back over your history and see what they think. Plus the idea that there may be away to help you out, is reason enough to proceed further.
I have some of the same symptoms. My cramps don't last more than a couple days, but those are the most painful days ever. I know all about missing school, missing work, and not being able to leave my bed. There are sleepless nights, fatigue when coming from the bathroom. I spent the first day of each period for three months in the Er for "dysmenorrhea", and he slapped me with pain killers. Pain killers can cause infertility defending on the body. How can i have a baby with all of these issues? They say some natural remedies work. Smoking is alright but it only put me to sleep. Also a crazy coincidence, my name is Adrienne too. Long hot baths, following treatments with the heating pad curve the pain enough for relaxation. And also sucking a blow pop during the cramps help them go away. Doesn't work instantly, but does work eventually. If you happen to try these and one works let me know.
Start by a serious checkup to rule out or see if there is endometriosis. Heavy periods and many of the menstruation problems can be eased and sometimes totally cured ( it depends largely on your ability to discipline yourself ) through Ayurvedic and homeopathic treatment, as well as through yoga practice. There are very powerful postures - the forward bend, the shoulder stand and many others, that increase blood circulation in the pelvic area and help hormonal balance. Tried and true. I have been diagnosed with myoma of the uterus 1+ 1/2 years ago. I did my practice regularly and two months ago my uterus was clean and clear of myoma, i had an ultrasound done. I have also revised my diet, avoiding cooked oils and fats ( margarin is very bad for you and it is hidden in most of the pastry, bakery products ), only cold-pressed olive oil and coconut oil in small quantities, avoid sugar and i ate a lot of leafy greens - they are vital to women's' health.
One of my close friends had two times operated endometriosis and it was still continuously growing and very fast ( in a couple of months it grew from 2.5 cm to 4.7 ! ). So we changed her diet, took her to Ayurvedic doctor and practiced her postures religiously. I did not see her for 3 months, but at her latest check up the doctor said " You don't have endometriosis !" She was actually jumping up and down with joy.
I would like to mention that at the beginning people feel lazy or they feel too tired to practice, or say they don't have time: you have to make time. Yoga postures greatly, please note the use of the word greatly, reduce period pain and discomfort, i am the witness. While i still have light bloating and sometimes want to cry, i have no pain whatsoever. I sometimes look at my friends who are complaining of cramps and heavy bleeding and a lot of other problems while i am pain free.
There are some very powerful advanced or medium to advanced postures that work wonders: keep the uterus viable and in its place ( no prolapsed uterus that sometimes sticks through the vagina ), keep the ovaries clean and in good functioning, balance the activity of the thyroid gland which is responsible with the hormonal activity in your entire body... oh it is a mazing what this yoga system which was put together thousands of years ago can do for your health. You just have to practice.
So look for a good, experienced yoga teacher and a good Ayurveda doctor and you will enjoy glowing health.
Hope this will help,
Yours in health, ARYANNA
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