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Having a very long period and need help...

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  • Posted By: bulldog_momma
  • April 5, 2008
  • 01:30 PM

Hi, I'm new here and I've been racking my brain for answers or at least the right questions to ask a doctor to try and come up with the answers.

Brief history: I began menses when I was 12, at the age of 15 I had to be put on birth control to stop a period that lasted 3 months (I didn't tell my mom because I thought it was normal and I didn't have any cramping, needless to say she was livid for not telling her). I have been pregnant 6 different occasions with 2 successful c-sections (which is one more baby than my mother could have), after my second child was born 7 1/2 years ago, I received 1 shot of Depo Provera (didn't like the shot, so I didn't get any others). In 2001, after having very regular 7 day periods, I began missing months and then having periods similiar to the one I had at age 15. I also had 3 m/c's in the past 7 years and dr's have yet to find a reason for this. I was advised after the second m/c to have a D&C but couldn't face it and did not go back to him, my fault I know. I had a 3rd m/c in Feb. 2008 and my regular menses returned right before my 34th birthday in March and is still going strong. I am bleeding quite heavily (double and triple padding so not to bleed through) and passing upto half-dollar size clots that are very painful. The largest was silver dollar sized and I felt like my cervix and uterus was being ripped apart (sorry for the description but this is why I'm desperate for help). I was seen in the ER over a week ago, they drew blood for every test that would be ordered and monitored my blood pressure and pulse rate. The Dr. was very nice and was willing to do a pap but opted not to after the lab results came back with HCG levels at 0 and my hormone levels were all in check. I was put on a 10 day regime of Provera and given a rx for Naproxen for the cramping. I do not have insurance which is the downside but my husband works for the rehab unit in the hospital and they will work with us if I go through the ER once again. It's been suggested that I should go ahead with a pap smear by an ob/gyn (150.00 office visit) which really doesn't fit in our budget at this time due to problems with our now 13 year old son. I've been putting my kids first and my job too and I think it's biting me in the butt. I have a close friend who went through a similiar experience and was diagonosed with Cervical Cancer; she went undiagonosed because she too had no insurance at first. I'm just so fustrated with this whole ordeal and the thought of it being something more serious is emotionally draining. What can I ask to be checked to make them take this is as seriously as I do? Anyone else "been there and done that"?

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  • I don't know if this will help, but here goes. I have had many problems similar to yours, both with your pregnancies and period problems. I am now 41 and am being advised to consider a partial hysterectomy (removal of the uterus only.) I am having my second period this month, very heavy, lots of cramping, etc. My diagnosis thus far is incompetent cervix, retroverted uterus, abnormal thickening of the lining of the uterus (thus the heavier periods and big clots.) I am seriously considering having the hysterectomy. I have had 3 miscarriages (2 were in the first trimester, 1 was in the second) and a baby born at 28 weeks. He is 14 now and I have a 7 year old. I was told after the last baby not to attempt to have anymore. I cannot take birth control pills because of migraines (I have tried them all over the years) and would just like to not have to worry about my periods anymore. I realize you are younger, but you might consider a new treatment (only if you are not planning to get pregnant again) called endometrial ablation. The dr would go in vaginally and basically laser the lining of the uterus. Your periods would become lighter and in some cases non existent because the lining is destroyed. I believe this is permanent so you would need to be sure you don't want to attempt to have more children. This is an out-patient procedure so it wouldn't be as expensive as other surgeries. Hope this helps some.
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