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Old 01-28-2014, 08:31 PM
 
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OP I think you should go to the doc but I will say that I stopped a non-stop period once by taking dong qwai. (sp?) One doc had sent me up for a hysterectomy but the second opinion doc said no way. It was awful while it lasted. Here's a question though--did you do anything hormonal? Like take birth control pills, or DIM, or even soy? I'm wondering b/c I just had a breakthrough really heavy period after I stopped DIM in preparation for surgery and it was awful. DIM is a broccoli compound that's supposed to balance your estrogens and make a healthier balance. It must work b/c I started to have hot flashes as soon as I started to take it and I'm going into menopause really late at 54. I'm beginning to wonder if this will ever end.
I haven't done anything hormonal. I haven't taken birth control in 30 years. I haven't had any major peri symptoms. Just an occasional hot flash while sleeping every 5 years or so. I've been really tired for the past few years. Just exhausted. They can't find any reason via blood work. I assumed it was hormonal even though I didn't have the sleep test or the stress test. I never had a doctor interested in testing my hormones though.

What the heck is DIM? What you wrote is confusing. It sounds like it kept your hormones balanced, but then you say it put you in menopause as soon as you started taking it. Maybe that's a typo and you meant as soon as you stopped taking it.

My sister tried to go natural and her life was miserable. Her doctor encouraged her to take hormones. She started with some type of vaginal suppository that she said rocked her world. It eliminated her yeast infections, bladder infections, and dryness. She said she felt young again. Now she's on something oral. Apparently we can only do hormones for a certain number of years. I wonder if they just postpone the suffering.

Based on my mother's and sister's experience, I'm not likely to have it easy. My sister's personality changed to scary until she took hormones. She had no idea. Our relationship was almost over because of it. As soon as she started taking hormones, she became an agreeable person again and our relationship is back to normal. I want to do everything I can to avoid becoming someone impossible to be around.

Is 54 late? I just turned 50. So far, nothing has happened except what I described in the OP. I had an ovarian cyst as a teen. That presented as a period that never left. I know I had an ovarian cyst last year. Maybe it burst. Maybe it's perimenopause. Who knows. Hopefully this new gyne is a good.
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:35 PM
 
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Yeah, I had a never ending one for a year, but it was super heavy. Went through all the tests to make sure it wasn't something else, and tried ablation but that didn't work (poked a hole in my uterus) because I've never had kids (cervix too small).

Finally got a hysterectomy, and now I'm happy, happy, happy!
I'm glad you're happy. I had a laparoscopic specialist pushing a hysterectomy last year. The cancer gyne specialist referred me to him for exploratory surgery---to go in and see with a camera. I didn't like that he was pushing a hysterectomy, acting like he couldn't just go in and look and cut my adhesions. He showed me on my MRI that I have severe scar tissue connecting my bladder and my uterus. I decided I wanted to hold onto my uterus for as long as possible because there's a high risk of bladder damage when they cut them apart. I'd probably change my mind if I ended up with a period that lasted a year. Why didn't they try putting you on birth control?
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:16 PM
 
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I'm glad you're happy. I had a laparoscopic specialist pushing a hysterectomy last year. The cancer gyne specialist referred me to him for exploratory surgery---to go in and see with a camera. I didn't like that he was pushing a hysterectomy, acting like he couldn't just go in and look and cut my adhesions. He showed me on my MRI that I have severe scar tissue connecting my bladder and my uterus. I decided I wanted to hold onto my uterus for as long as possible because there's a high risk of bladder damage when they cut them apart. I'd probably change my mind if I ended up with a period that lasted a year. Why didn't they try putting you on birth control?


Did. Depo at a super high dose. It only worked at a dose that I could not stay on, once they lowered the dose..... wham.
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:05 PM
 
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Did. Depo at a super high dose. It only worked at a dose that I could not stay on, once they lowered the dose..... wham.
That's what's going on for me right now...I bled from May until September, but not heavy bleeding, more like a normal period. Then I started bleeding heavily in September and went to the gynecologist. They did an ultrasound and biopsy and said I had endometrial hyperplasia. They put me on a low dose of Provera, which helped until the end of November when I started bleeding a lot again. By the second week of December I was going through a box of super plus tampons and 7 or 8 overnight pads a day, and still having to put a trash bag down on the car seat before I could sit. I was taking care of my parents and didn't want to try taking them to the gynecologist with me. Then my sister came into town to watch them, and I called to get an appointment and described my symptoms and they said I had to go to the ER that night. I did, and I had to have 2 transfusions. They prescribed a stronger dose of progesterone and it stopped the bleeding which is wonderful...but they decided the best thing for me is to have an IUD to try to control the bleeding, and I don't want it. I have to go back the day after tomorrow, supposedly to have the IUD placed, but I'm just going to go and find out what other options there are.
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Old 01-29-2014, 12:53 AM
 
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At 50 I was having periods every other month until they stopped. About a year later I had a period that lasted about 10 days....my periods were usually 5-7 days long usually very little cramping. A year after that I had 14 days of heavy bleeding with severe cramps. I went to the doctor because in my 20's I had cervical dysplasia a couple of times so I was worried about cervical cancer. Turned out to be a small cyst in my cervix which my regular doctor could see when she did my pap smear. The gynecologist did an ultrasound and did not see anything else. I asked her if I needed it removed since it didn't bother me and she said yes because only by removing it could they do a biopsy and know for sure that it wasn't't cancer. My doctor who saw it during the pap smear told me that if I ever felt "wet" or experience a clear discharge that it was due to the cyst.
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Old 04-15-2015, 06:12 PM
 
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Yeah, I had a never ending one for a year, but it was super heavy. Went through all the tests to make sure it wasn't something else, and tried ablation but that didn't work (poked a hole in my uterus) because I've never had kids (cervix too small).

Finally got a hysterectomy, and now I'm happy, happy, happy!

I'm 50 and within a few months of going in to menapause. Ive been bleeding straight for a year and have decided, per my dr, of having a hysterectomy. She said overies did not need to be removed. Ive heard several women have had to go back and have overies removed due to additional problems and I've heard good and bad about removal of overies. Did you have your overies removed or has experienced this type of problem?
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Old 04-16-2015, 03:13 PM
 
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I kept my ovaries and have had no problems. I think I had the hysterectomy about 3 years ago.
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