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My period's been going on for five weeks. I'm anemic. How do I stop the bleeding?

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Old 08-07-2011, 04:44 PM   #1
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Unhappy My period's been going on for five weeks. I'm anemic. How do I stop the bleeding?

Hi there,

I've been on my period for about five and a half weeks. My periods have always been irregular and long, but I think this cycle in particular was caused by some steroids that I took for an allergic reaction to shellfish about a week before the bleeding started. My doctor told me that steroids can increase estrogen and cause uterine wall buildup, etc. I went to see a gynecologist last week. She didn't seem concerned; she told me to wait until this cycle finishes, and then start a regular cycle of Prometrium.

But I'm still bleeding, and it's showing no signs of stopping. I believe I'm becoming quite anemic. I'm on 650 mg of iron supplements a day, but I'm increasingly tired, dizzy, and headachy. My question is, if I go back to see my family doctor or my gynecologist, is there something they could give me that could STOP this insane period? Is that what I should be doing? I'm worried and confused, and I'm going to college in a few weeks, and this just can't keep happening.

Thanks for any advice!

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Old 08-08-2011, 06:09 AM   #2
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Re: My period's been going on for five weeks. I'm anemic. How do I stop the bleeding?

I think you should go back to the gyne and tell her you are experiencing moderate anemia symptoms. I became severely anemic due to a fibroid and ended up in the hospital for blood transfusions! It's nothing to play around with, I'm serious!

There is a new drug on the market called Lysteda that is used for women who are bleeding severely to cut it down or stop it. From what I read about it, it's not a hormone but I think it said it was an amino acid or something. I have a scrip for it in case my bleeding gets out of control again. You should look into it with your gyne because anemia can be deadly. I know cause I almost didn't make it!

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