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Old 06-27-2010, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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So what's the next step?

IMO, you should stop taking the hormones, let the symptoms come back, then go for tests. The hormones are probably stopping whatever is going on.

You don't say how old you are; a lot of women start having the same issues in the late 30's, early 40's. The answers are to either use hormone birth control or to have a procedure.

I'm the same way, clots every month & I was the lightest bleeder all of my life. I've had 2 cysts rupture. My insides are painful during my cycle & when I ovulate but I deal with it because I don't want hormones, nor do I want surgery. If I was bleeding really heavy I might.

After reading about issues women have after hysterectomy, that's something I'd like to avoid.

As far as no children, if you do want them, you should see a specialist.
I've been too stressed about trying to find a job with medical coverage to worry about my next step at this point. I'll have to bite the bullet and call her tomorrow. The symptoms are starting to come back, even on the Depo. Of course that might be because I'm stressed

I just turned 30 this year, which is why the previous doctors wouldn't even consider taking out my uterus. I'm too young.

I don't want children, so that part was never a problem.
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Old 06-27-2010, 03:06 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I've been too stressed about trying to find a job with medical coverage to worry about my next step at this point. I'll have to bite the bullet and call her tomorrow. The symptoms are starting to come back, even on the Depo. Of course that might be because I'm stressed

I just turned 30 this year, which is why the previous doctors wouldn't even consider taking out my uterus. I'm too young.

I don't want children, so that part was never a problem.
Ok, I wasn't sure if you actually wanted children.
Is it possible that you have been pregnant and the clots you saw were actually from miscarrying? from the link below - Miscarriage. Women who have miscarried may pass blood clots or gray clumps of tissue from the vagina.

You should read some of the hysterectomy posts here, then also do a google search before making a decision like that. You also need to know the different types because they can leave your ovaries in so that you don't go into menopause.

What family history do you have? Do the other women have female issues?

Menstrual Blood Problems: Clots, Color, and Thickness

How are menstrual bleeding problems diagnosed?

Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may order a variety of tests to determine the reason for menstrual blood problems. These may include:

* Vaginal ultrasound. This test uses sound waves to take a picture of the inside of your vagina and uterus.
* MRI. This non-invasive procedure can provide an image of growths, such as fibroids, that may be contributing to your menstrual bleeding problems.
* Blood work. Your doctor may order blood tests to determine whether your blood is clotting correctly. The tests will also help ensure that you are not suffering from anemia, an iron deficiency that can result from loss of blood.
* Biopsy. In this procedure, your doctor will remove a small tissue sample from the lining of your uterus for analysis.
* Dilatation and curettage. In this procedure, your cervix is dilated and a surgeon scrapes off the lining of the uterus and cervix. This can be used to help alleviate excessive bleeding or obtain tissue samples for analysis.

What is Abnormal Uterine Bleeding?
There are 9 different reasons for a heavy cycle one says -
If you need to change tampons or pads during your period more often than every one or two hours, you might have menorrhagia

Also there are 2 different diagnosis for cycle spacing.

Do you have other symptoms?
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Old 06-27-2010, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Ok, I wasn't sure if you actually wanted children.
Is it possible that you have been pregnant and the clots you saw were actually from miscarrying? from the link below - Miscarriage. Women who have miscarried may pass blood clots or gray clumps of tissue from the vagina.

You should read some of the hysterectomy posts here, then also do a google search before making a decision like that. You also need to know the different types because they can leave your ovaries in so that you don't go into menopause.

What family history do you have? Do the other women have female issues?

Menstrual Blood Problems: Clots, Color, and Thickness

How are menstrual bleeding problems diagnosed?

Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may order a variety of tests to determine the reason for menstrual blood problems. These may include:

* Vaginal ultrasound. This test uses sound waves to take a picture of the inside of your vagina and uterus.
* MRI. This non-invasive procedure can provide an image of growths, such as fibroids, that may be contributing to your menstrual bleeding problems.
* Blood work. Your doctor may order blood tests to determine whether your blood is clotting correctly. The tests will also help ensure that you are not suffering from anemia, an iron deficiency that can result from loss of blood.
* Biopsy. In this procedure, your doctor will remove a small tissue sample from the lining of your uterus for analysis.
* Dilatation and curettage. In this procedure, your cervix is dilated and a surgeon scrapes off the lining of the uterus and cervix. This can be used to help alleviate excessive bleeding or obtain tissue samples for analysis.

What is Abnormal Uterine Bleeding?
There are 9 different reasons for a heavy cycle one says -
If you need to change tampons or pads during your period more often than every one or two hours, you might have menorrhagia

Also there are 2 different diagnosis for cycle spacing.

Do you have other symptoms?
No I've never been pregnant. That was one of my first thoughts, but miscarriage isn't the problem.

There are several woman in my family with female issues. Most don't have insurance so never bothered to get it diagnosed. The other ones, are of the old school and won't talk about it.

My GYN said it might be endometriosis based on the symptoms I described to her. The ultrasound (both vaginal and regular) showed no ovairian cysts or fibroids. There is a history of fibroids in my family, which is why she ruled that one out first. She said the only way to diagnose endometriosis was to have a laparoscopy. One of the hormonal treatments for endometriosis is the Depo shot, which I've been on. Without medical insurance I've decided that I will just have to live with the pain. Although with it getting worse with the stress I'm going to call her tomorrow and deal with it.
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Old 06-27-2010, 04:10 PM
 
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I've had the same problem. Of course, the gyno brushes it off even when I say it destroys my quality of life, etc. I can't take any method of BC so I'm stuck with these horrible periods where I have to wear 4 or 5 pads PLUS a super plus tampon and it still gets soaked within an hour.

My most recent gyno was an arrogant SOB. I told him I have fibroids as well as an ovarian csyt and he said --- get this --- "do you have x-ray vision?" I told him I was already diagnosed and need an MRI or a CAT scan on my uterus/ovaries to show where everything is, etc --- not an ultrasound or any of that other antiquated nonsense. I explained I've had many ultrasounds to no avail. They can't see what they need to see on them. What does he do? Sends me for an ultrasound... I come back, he says he needs to take a "sample" of the uterine lining. I told him I already know what the problem is and I just want to get a full hysterectomy (I'm 48 w/no plans of having any more children). He insisted on doing the "sample". It hurt so bad when he was trying that he couldn't do it and he actually wanted me to go to the hospital and be "put out" to have it done. I told him I'm not having it done.

I left his office that day and found another gyno. Hopefully, this one will be better.

I really despise doctors to begin with but these freaking gynos who think they know your body better than you do? There's a very special section in he11 for them.
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Old 06-27-2010, 06:00 PM
 
Location: NJ
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No I've never been pregnant. That was one of my first thoughts, but miscarriage isn't the problem.

There are several woman in my family with female issues. Most don't have insurance so never bothered to get it diagnosed. The other ones, are of the old school and won't talk about it.

My GYN said it might be endometriosis based on the symptoms I described to her. The ultrasound (both vaginal and regular) showed no ovairian cysts or fibroids. There is a history of fibroids in my family, which is why she ruled that one out first. She said the only way to diagnose endometriosis was to have a laparoscopy. One of the hormonal treatments for endometriosis is the Depo shot, which I've been on. Without medical insurance I've decided that I will just have to live with the pain. Although with it getting worse with the stress I'm going to call her tomorrow and deal with it.
Do a search in this forum.. I would do it but I'm pressed for time.. there is something called vulvodynia that you might want to look up & in the post about it, something else was mentioned.
I say to do a search because there was one other thing but I don't have it saved. Some things get worst with stress.

There is also something called PMDD - premenstrual dysphoric disorder

Mittelschmerz - What is Mittelschmerz?
Mittelschmerz refers to abdominal or pelvic pain that is experienced between periods. The word mittelschmerz actually means "middle pain," because this pain is felt during the middle of your menstrual cycle. Typically occurring around Day 14 of your cycle, mittelschmerz pain coincides with ovulation. The abdominal pain is typically low and one-sided, occurring on the side of the pelvis that you are ovulating from. As many as 1 in 5 women experience mittelschmerz pain every month.


I understand about insurance.
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