I am about to turn 43 and over the last 2 years have had increasingly erratic cycles. I went off a low-dose BC about 2 years ago as I felt my system was hormonally confused. After about 6 months my system evened out some. However, in the last year the erratic cycles have only become worse.
This cycle has done me in. Started on day 17 with cramps on my left side and the start of spotting Ė now after 10 days of spotting I seem to be starting a full on period complete with wicked cramps. More typically, I have had on and off spotting for days 21-28 then my period over the last 6 months.
My GYN has suggested I try Mirena as a means to cut down the spotting and am trying to get it approved through my insurance for non-BC use so I donít have to pay the $500 out of pocket cost. However, I am really looking for women who may have experienced similar symptoms; what treatments you tried or discussed with your Dr. My doctor has also mentioned ablation but I wanted to try the non-surgical approach first. I have a hard time believing that there is nothing that can be done to help with this condition. It just doesnít seem right that my body is spotting/bleeding about 14 days out of 28 each month. I am really tired of dealing with this and itís starting to affect my relationship too.