Hi everyone, I'm very new to this board, so I apologize ahead for the length of my post.
I was told about two years ago that I have fibroids in my uterus. My ultrasound reported only one fibroid, and about the size of a mans thumb from the middle knuckle up.
The reason this was even checked out, was because I was experiencing VERY heavy bleeding. As it is my period lasts for 7-8 days (not that abnormal) but I actually have to set the alarm every night of those 7, twice, to change my stuff. If I don't, I literally wake up in a pool of blood. Needless to say, for those seven days I am pretty much homebound, as I have been in situations, in public, where I have left a trail behind me as I left. ITS AWFUL!!!
After a recent surgery, my routine bloodwork showed that I'm also very low in iron, the doctor said this could be from the blood loss.
Now my question is this: My family doctor doesn't think its possible that this is caused by the fibroid, because its not that big, and there seems to only be one. He says that many times, after having more than a few children (I have 4) women just begin to bleed heavier, and that the treatment my obgyn had spoken to me of may not be the answer. (scraping of the uterine wall, sorry can't remember what its called exactly)
I am wondering if anyone else has experienced this, if this is indeed normal after having children, and what treatments there are for it?
I am worried about getting a hysterectomy, although I don't plan on having any more children, I have heard of the loss of sex drive, vaginal dryness and that other negative stuff that could follow it.
I have an appointment with my gyn in two weeks, but I was hoping to go in more educated than I am now.
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Sorry I don't know about your situation, but see if you can get your hands on a copy of Christiane Northrup, M.D.'s Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom. She covers just about everything in women's health, and stresses natural solution first.
I don't think it would have anything to do with premenopause, I'm 27. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/confused.gif"> I don't know for sure though.
I'll look into those books guys, thanks!!!!!!!
I am 38, and went thru almost the sme thing. I can't have any more kids, but didn't want a hysterectomy and hormones and all that stuff. I had an endometrial abation...they remove the lining of your uterus, and joy! No more periods! Ask your doc about it. See if this could work for you. It's an outpatient procedure. Take care.
Hey Kraypm! Thank you for your response. I'm just wondering if they ever told you the extent that your fibroids had gotten to, size wise? Or if the problems were really caused by fibroids?
You know what? I would kiss a blind mans eye(sorry if that's offensive) for no more periods the way things have been going for me.
<IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif"> Went to doc today - Now I have a fibroid tumor pretty small in my uterus. My sides started hurting this week so I thought I better go. Well doc said to take my hormone pills (Activella) I am bad about starting and stopping these. Said it could have triggered my ovaries to flare up with pain. I just don't know. Said just to take motrin or something like that for pain. I am 46 yrs. old. Not had a period in several years. Diagnosed with post-menopause when I was 40. I am so tired of feeling bad - chest hurts, etc.
Wow Lavander, I'm sorry to hear that. I have had ovarian cysts and been in quite a bit of pain with them. However, my doctor said that other than slightly increased cramping the fibroids shouldn't cause any serious pain. (I think I disagree about the "slightly increased cramping" theory).
I hope your feeling better soon, I can understand your frustration.
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Dr. Lee discusses hormone imbalances in his book. Low progesterone levels caused by anovulatory cycles combined with excess estrogen are likely contributers to fibroid tumors among other problems. He says many women in their early 30's can experience this. My ex-girlfriend of 36 has several fiboroid tumors, one as big as a tennis ball. And she exhibits the classic symptoms of estrongen dominance and low progestrone levels.
Another thing to consider as a possible contributer to fibroid tumors is birth control pills. These contribute additional estrogen and progestins (synthetic progesterone with numerous side effects)which can result in hormonal imbalances.
HI PIPER!! I too, like Kraypm, had an endometrial ablasion....best thing I ever did...I had a total of 5 fibroids, each the size of a golf ball, a couple even bigger than that.........I still get period symptoms and Know when I would be getting a period but love the fact that I no longer have to put up with darn near Hemmoraging every month....I can totally relate to what you are going thru...My husband got woken up many a night, to get out of bed so I could change the sheets.............if you don't plan on having any more kids, I would look into this option....you will be SO glad you did...best of luck to you<p>[This message has been edited by jooxwoman (edited 02-07-2002).]
I looked this up a little and read that around 80% of women never have a period again. With my luck I'll be in the 20%... ack. But its definately, given the choice between it and a hysterectomy, looking like the best possible solution.
Thanks for your response!
I have not experienced this, but my mom has had fibroids since forever. Her periods have always been extremely heavy. During her first two days, she has to change her tampon and pad every hour, and she definitely can't leave the house. Surprisingly, yes, one fibroid can do all of this, as far as I know. My mom used to only have one, and now she has a few more. I think the procedure of scraping your uterus is called a labroscopy? But maybe not.
Anyway, she had that done a year ago or so, and it started to help, but I think they started to come back, and now her periods are back like they were. I think that she might have a procedure done called a labroscopy... oh yeah, lol, that's the name of the procedure she's going to have, a "labroscopy", in which they burn the inside wall of your uterus... So basically, you'll barely have a period anymore.
Avoid a histerectomy at all costs, especially since you're so young. I asked my mom why she didn't want to have one, because that would obviously solve all of her period problems, and she doesn't want to have any more kids, she's 47. But she said that after histerectomies, some women have hormone imbalance problems, and it causes menopause right away, which changes women and their bodies.
Anyway, I hope this helps. Talk to your gyno, she/he will help... Make sure you know all of your options.