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Old 02-04-2013, 01:56 PM   #1
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Hello all.

I am 53.

Perimenopausal and estrogen dominant.

Have had every test known to man and gotten a clean bill of health regarding my irregular and endless bleeding.

Had Novasure a while back so the bleeding is not heavy but it is just continuous.

He says my options are synthetic HRT which I declined, a hysterectomy which he doesn't recommend and thinks is premature, or natural progesterone therapy which is sort of pain in the neck and takes time to see results. So I went with the option and it is helping enormously and I use a Softcup which makes a normal life a lot easier. I watch diet, avoid too many phytoestrogens and xenoestrogents, take some other supplements, exercise, etc. etc.

So I am giving it a chance and seeing what happens.

I keep saying to him, this can't be normal, and he keeps saying, it is normal. You have nothing wrong with you other than . Irregular, heavy and prolonged bleeding are normal for perimenopause. He said this phase could last from 2 to 4 years but probably the bleeding would slow down and eventually you start missing more periods til menopause finally kicks in.

I keep answering back, yeah, but you hear "prolonged bleeding" you think, 10 days, maybe 15 or 20 days. You don't think 40 days, 60 days.

So I am curious to hear about other women's experiences in this regard, and thank you very kindly.

 
Old 02-04-2013, 02:17 PM   #2
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Re: Perimenopause and Irregular / Endless Bleeding

Hi, I am 51 and having bleeding issues at the moment. I'm heading into week 4 of my period and it doesn't seem to want to end. This happened 2 times within the last 5 years and my Dr. said it was part of the perimenopause. I ended up having an infection (vaginosis I think it was called) from the continuous bleeding.
I was going to post a question asking if this is normal, but saw your post and decided to comment on it instead. I don't take any medications except for Iron and Ibuprofen. In the past year, I've skipped maybe 2 periods and then when it starts again its really heavy. I feel bloated and have cramps. I've gained alot of weight. This is miserable....

 
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:56 PM   #3
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Re: Perimenopause and Irregular / Endless Bleeding

Sorry you ladies are dealing with this! Based on your ages, you're likely close to menopause so hopefully, it will all be a thing of the past sooner than later! Have you thought about birth control pills? Also, some non-hormonal meds are effective in reducing bleeding such as Aleve, Motrin, and an Rx called Lysteda. It seems I read too that the loss of iron with all the bleeding can exacerbate it all so if your iron stores are low, taking iron is usually recommended. There's a fairly comprehensive PubMed Health publication about pharmaceutical treatments for heavy bleeding. You can find it via a web search for "pubmed health heavy menstrual bleeding pharmaceuticals." Of course there are also procedures for heavy or prolonged bleeding but once it's done there's no going back. At least with meds, you can stop taking them if you have side effects.

Good luck to you both!

 
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:42 PM   #4
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Re: Perimenopause and Irregular / Endless Bleeding

My family history for menopause is 57... so I may have a ways to go.

I have only skipped one period so far, and dr said it could be 2 - 4 more years!!!

I also take some iron but I do not want any synthetic hormonal replacement and that includes birth control pills.

But as I mentioned, the natural progesterone is doing wonders.

And, I did have the Novasure procedure for heavy bleeding when I was at the heavy bleeding stage of perimenopause, but due to a septate uterus, did not get a perfect result.

It is just good to know that other women do in fact experience this because when it happens to you it can be maddening

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Sorry you ladies are dealing with this! Based on your ages, you're likely close to menopause so hopefully, it will all be a thing of the past sooner than later! Have you thought about birth control pills? Also, some non-hormonal meds are effective in reducing bleeding such as Aleve, Motrin, and an Rx called Lysteda. It seems I read too that the loss of iron with all the bleeding can exacerbate it all so if your iron stores are low, taking iron is usually recommended. There's a fairly comprehensive PubMed Health publication about pharmaceutical treatments for heavy bleeding. You can find it via a web search for "pubmed health heavy menstrual bleeding pharmaceuticals." Of course there are also procedures for heavy or prolonged bleeding but once it's done there's no going back. At least with meds, you can stop taking them if you have side effects.

Good luck to you both!

 
Old 02-04-2013, 05:46 PM   #5
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Re: Perimenopause and Irregular / Endless Bleeding

Sorry you are having this too.

It is reassuring that my doctor says it is normal but... it seems to be something they don't really quite warn us about :-)

Of course everyone is different but the progesterone therapy has greatly helped me. Maybe it is something you could ask your doctor about.

At least we know we're not crazy!!

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Hi, I am 51 and having bleeding issues at the moment. I'm heading into week 4 of my period and it doesn't seem to want to end. This happened 2 times within the last 5 years and my Dr. said it was part of the perimenopause. I ended up having an infection (vaginosis I think it was called) from the continuous bleeding.
I was going to post a question asking if this is normal, but saw your post and decided to comment on it instead. I don't take any medications except for Iron and Ibuprofen. In the past year, I've skipped maybe 2 periods and then when it starts again its really heavy. I feel bloated and have cramps. I've gained alot of weight. This is miserable....

 
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:41 AM   #6
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Re: Perimenopause and Irregular / Endless Bleeding

Great to hear the progesterone is working!

 
Old 06-11-2013, 08:59 PM   #7
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This is what I am going through!!! I just had a pelvic exam yesterday and go in for an ultrasound tomorrow (I had severe pelvic pain last week that is a new development, and we want to be sure it's nothing serious). I HATE PERIMENOPAUSE!!!

 
Old 06-26-2013, 12:41 AM   #8
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Re: Perimenopause and Irregular/Endless Bleeding

Hi, I am 47 and in the height of the peri
For a couple of years, me periods have changed, they were always 24 days in my cycle, then they changed to anything between 12 and 50 days ! The amount of bleeding didn't change however, just sometimes heavy sometimes not.
My last period started on 28th May and has just gone on and on. After about two and a half weeks it subsided to just a pink discharge, but still I had to use a pad or liner all the time. Then on day 23 of that period (!) - 19th June, I had a really bad flood. I was actually sat in a meeting at work and it soaked through my clothes onto the chair, as I was only wearing a liner, as had no idea I was going to bleed heavy again ! It was awful. Now it is the 26th June and I am still bleeding. Not much blood on pad overnight and got up and took a shower and a huge clot came away!
I saw my doctor last week, before the day of the flood, but before it happened. She did an internal exam and said she couldn't see much blood, she took swabs and is also arranging a scan, I last had one in May 11, which was all Ok and smear in May 12 was all good.
Doctor thinks it will just be peri. Just ! I just want this continuous bleeding to stop, I'm going on holiday at the weekend and don't want this.

 
Old 09-12-2013, 06:35 PM   #9
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Re: Perimenopause and Irregular / Endless Bleeding

I can relate to all of this at age 50 and on day 30 of the "oh it's ending, no it's not" type period! I still have some normal cycles but they are stretching out - and the long intervals are when I spot. For those of us who are in the midst of a long bleeding, do we start progesterone cream now or hang in there for the next ovulation (which always rights my cycles) and then start? I'm trying to let my body do its thing but patience is waning! I feel great when I finally ovulate so I don't want to mess with that.

 
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