[identity profile] squiggles-32.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] menstrualhut
Hi everyone! I am looking for some support/suggestions/experiences regarding excessive bleeding during periods.

I am currently on ortho evra (the patch) which I have been using for at least the last two years. My cycle is every 28 days with light spotting over the course of 3-4 days during my patch off week.

Last week, I had an awful period with cramping and a four hour period of excessive bleeding. I removed my patch on Sun 2/19 and hadn't seen any spotting until Thurs afternoon. Typically, I will see spotting two days after patch removal. So I had some spotting on thurs and nothing major. Noticed some cramping but nothing out of the ordinary. Then I went to bed and was woken up around 3:00am where I was just bleeding and bleeding. Its as if it wouldnt stop. I went and sat on the toilet after using three super tampons in about 45 mins. This is something that I have NEVER experienced even when I was off bc. After about almost four hours of this heavy bleeding, it eventually subsided. I then proceeded to have some spotting until this Tues 2/28.

For the last few weeks I have felt nauseous, sometimes dizzy, run down. My family has a history of endometriosis and early menopause. My sister also needed to have an ovary removed due to a grapefruit sized cyst on it.

I was concerned after talking to my sister and decided to go to the gyno. She did an exam and told me that she's hoping that this last period was just a "fluke" and not to be too concerned. She did a pelvic exam, felt around, pap smear and sent me to have my iron levels tested.

I can't help but worry that something is seriously wrong and the dr is just waiting until next time. What if I go a month or two without excessive bleeding and then it happens again? She suggested possibly changing birth control from patch to something else to see if that would help before doing an ultrasound. I'm just not sure if I should get a second opinion or what. I don't want to have an ultrasound done to ease my worries although it would be helpful and I also don't want to play around with different types of birth controls to stop the excessive bleeding.

Am I being to paranoid over this? I am 30 yrs old and am worried about missing my opportunity to have kids.

Date: 2012-03-03 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morning-stand.livejournal.com
Are you sexually active? It almost sounds like you were pregnant and had a miscarriage.

Date: 2012-03-04 12:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dindin.livejournal.com
There's nothing wrong with seeking a second opinion, but I think the doctor was being appropriately conservative in not doing an ultrasound given that it only happened one time. I understand your concern given your family history, and you could certainly insist on an ultrasound if you wanted, but I don't think one heavy period is really indicative of one thing or another. If it happens again, you might want to get an ultrasound before you switch birth control methods. There are lots of reasons for heavy periods that don't involve your fertility.

Date: 2012-03-04 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dindin.livejournal.com
There's no real reason to think that you were pregnant unless your patch partially came off or something. Were you sick or on a new medication this month? Were you stressed out? Was anything different at all that you can think of? Maybe you started a new diet or exercise routine?

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