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#1 Ms_Jae

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:03 AM

I have had enough! Ever since I have had my period since early age.. They have been so damn heavy.. Had my baby and again back to the heavy periods.. I am so so sick of this..
I cant do anything.. I stand and i can feel it flowing and have to rush to the toilet to change, not only my pad but clothing as it gets on them too.. Constantly changing everyday.. Makes going out a nightmare for me and I rather stay home..

What can I do about this? It is driving me insane.. Sorry for TMI  sad.gif

#2 Velouria

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:15 AM

Hey there

If you have completed your family a uteral ablation may be the answer. Sounds gruesome but I had this done and it lightens your periods considerably and is often used for this purpose (the lining of your uterus is burnt away resulting in much less bleeding if at all in some cases).

Talk to your GP or Gynaecologist, there may be methods of birth control that lessen flow as well.

#3 Fossy

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:20 AM

What has your gynae said? Have they diagnosed any issues? Heavy periods suck, I feel your pain!

#4 davalli

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:26 AM

I know exactly how you feel....I too suffered extremely heavy periods throughout my teenage years....so much so that I went on the deprovera injection all throughout my 20's.   I never had a period for 10 years....and although I would never recommend this to anyone....it was absolute bliss!!  Now in my 30's and off the deprovera injection and ttc...the heavy periods have returned mad.gif  I have subsequently been diagnosed with PCOS which is the underlying problem with my heavy periods.....something you might want to investigate yourself??  You should discuss it with your doctor and have some blood tests to determine if you have any hormonal imbalances.  If you are not planning another bub anytime soon, birthcontrol pills/implants are meant to help.  I'm ttc so birthcontrol is out of the question for me, and therefore this is something I must live with every month.  Sorry if TMI...but I 'survive' by using incontinence pads (tena or poise) instead of normal pads and for those really heavy couple of days, I actually fold a couple of viva papertowels into 3rds and lay them ontop of the pads for that extra absorbsion....again, sorry if TMI, but it works for me..

#5 CallMeFeral

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:34 AM

On the milder side, look into menstrual cups. I have very heavy periods, and menstrual cups have completely changed things for me. I no longer fear my period like I used to. I can now be away from a toilet for a couple of hours, too, because the combo of a cup and a pad will give me that long (usually).
Largely, I guess, because it's one extra layer of protection to get through before my clothes. If I feel ANY blood come out of me - then cup is full and it's time to change.
Seriously. Life changing.

#6 Ms_Jae

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:40 AM

Ive never heard of a menstrual cup before.. I am not sure if we will have baby.. and I certainly dont want to continue with this.. It is soooo embarrassing having to go to the supermarket, having to waddle and try and hold everything in, just to quickly go get pads..
Its even worse, when I am sitting on a chair.. and all of a sudden, you feel up your back getting wet! I quickly get up and look down to see if i have marked the chair.. (Sometimes I have).. Even my car seat sad.gif

#7 Ms_Jae

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:41 AM

No I havent spoken to this about it, to anyone.. not even my doctor.. Thats how embarrassed I am..  cry1.gif

#8 Barefoot

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:41 AM

I had the same issue, and my periods were lasting weeks and months on end. I bought a diva cup and haven't looked back, instead of hourly changing, I was able to get several hours before needing to empty the cup.
Good luck. It is hard.

#9 mightysweet

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:50 AM

you do need to speak with someone OP.  I have very bad PCOS and on a recent laparoscopy, it was discovered that my ovaries are 5 times the size of normal ovaries, therefore producing way ore lining etc which is part of the reason my periods are so heavy and painful.   When i get my periods, my bladder and bowels get irritated as well and have the runs for 10 days and a bladder infection each month which is also causing me to  have thrush that just wont go away.

I think you need to at least get some blood tests done to check your hormone levels and a refferal to a good gyno.   Is there is no reason why you should be embarrased when they are there to help you!  Gosh plenty times my gyno's been at the end and his copped it LOL embarrasing but he is used to it after 12 years !!

#10 Ms_Jae

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:57 AM

Yeah I think I better see someone.. Should I wait til my period finishes or just go?

#11 sakura73

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:59 AM

Please have your hormone levels checked. Very heavy periods can be a sign of excess estrogen, which has health implications including the risk of hormone-fuelled cancers such as breast cancer.

I had horrible heavy periods and went on the Pill to control them. What I should have done was corrected the underlying hormone imbalance. I ended up with estrogen-fed breast cancer and I am absolutely sure the first warning sign was those periods. Since my periods returned post chemo they have been much lighter, because the excess estrogen is gone.

I don't recommend chemo as a means of controlling periods, though, so please see a doctor for some tests. I know it is embarrassing, but it is better than the alternative.

#12 Fossy

Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:01 AM

Speak to a gp and get a referral to a gynae, in the mean time get a pelvic ultrasound done and bloods.  I've had u/s done when I had my period, they didn't care.

Good luck op, hope you get some answers.

#13 Copper and May

Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:04 AM

Wait until your period is finished and then check with your GP, who will probably send you to a gynae. I had very heavy periods for years and used to go out wearing a red raincoat rolleyes.gif I had large fibroids which were causing the heavy bleeding.

#14 mumto3princesses

Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:05 AM

I too know how you feel. Its horrible!!

I tried a mirena but I think that caused me lots of problems. It did help with the periods though and I had nothing at all. But I decided to get it out and check out all my problems to see if it was causing them. So now I'm back to my heavy period dramas. I'm seriously thinking about the uterus ablation.

velouria- What was the recovery etc like with the ablation?

I saw something called buddies underwear a month or so ago. I mean't to look at their website properly but didn't get around to it. They come in extra small, small, medium and large and are basically like a leakproof short bike pant.

#15 Red nut

Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:07 AM

Wait until this one finishes, you don't need to put yourself through another trip out...
But you need to see a gynaecologist. There are lots of causes of heavy bleeding, and some  can have something done about them! That kind of bleeding sounds pretty extreme

#16 mumto3princesses

Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:10 AM

QUOTE (StormGirl77 @ 20/12/2012, 09:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No I havent spoken to this about it, to anyone.. not even my doctor.. Thats how embarrassed I am..  cry1.gif

No need to feel embarrassed op. Its more common than you think. Sometimes there is a reason and can be fixed but other times there isn't a real reason. Mine were always pretty heavy but got rediculous when I was put on blood thinners. Unfortunately for me my Gyno said my choice was mirena or uterus ablation.

#17 Beancat

Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:16 AM

I had this in my teenage years and really bad cramps, turns out I had endodemetriosis.  You need to talk to a gyn, there should be things they can do to investigate and help you

#18 Velouria

Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:34 AM

mumto3princesses they say 3/4 days but I was off work for a couple of weeks. My recovery may have taken longer as I have endo too so had some scraped off.  I also had tubes tied as there is a small chance you can still get pregnant with the ablation, but abortion is then necessary as you wouldn't carry the baby to term with no uterus lining so I went the whole hog.

I have since had a hysterectomy as the pain came back for me. The recovery for that was pretty awful (6-8 weeks off work then not feeling myself for 6 months to a year) but reading these posts now that I no longer have a period makes me realise how far I've come. I'm 34 btw.

Edited by Velouria, 20 December 2012 - 09:34 AM.

#19 Ms_Jae

Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:41 AM

Wow Velouria... I am only 35..

#20 mumto3princesses

Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:43 AM

QUOTE (Velouria @ 20/12/2012, 10:34 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
mumto3princesses they say 3/4 days but I was off work for a couple of weeks. My recovery may have taken longer as I have endo too so had some scraped off.  I also had tubes tied as there is a small chance you can still get pregnant with the ablation, but abortion is then necessary as you wouldn't carry the baby to term with no uterus lining so I went the whole hog.

I have since had a hysterectomy as the pain came back for me. The recovery for that was pretty awful (6-8 weeks off work then not feeling myself for 6 months to a year) but reading these posts now that I no longer have a period makes me realise how far I've come. I'm 34 btw.

Wow, I didn't realise the recovery for a hysterectomy was so bad. No wonder my Gyno said a hysterectomy would be going overboard for me. I'm such a wimp though and the thought of putting myself through an operation freaks me out. The pain I can live with but I can't keep going with the heavy periods and then low iron too.

#21 *melrose*

Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:32 AM

just go! thats not normal.

#22 Alina0210

Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:42 AM

I have started using a menstral cup this last 5mths and wow changed my life. I use to get super heavy periods, now they probay still are heavy. It because it's in a cup and not on a pad/tampon it doesn't look as much.... Plus then you can really measure how much u lose etc...

#23 archythepeasant

Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:43 AM

Definitely get checked out.  I had very heavy periods after babies and when I went to give blood my iron was too low.  Check-up showed I was anaemic.  I had thought being tired all the time and getting cold after cold was just because of having 2 little kids to run after.  I had an uterine ablation and my health suddenly improved out of sight.

#24 daisydo

Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:03 AM

Yes you need to go to the doctor.

I had very heavy periods (I have endometriosis). I started using a cup and it has made a huge difference, including I was able to tell the gyno how much blood I was passing each day. It was over 100mls per day.

Tried the Mirena and it made me crazy. Since I have had an ablation, some people stop having a period, but I am not that lucky. I still get one, but it is improved. The other option was a hysterectomy.

Go see your GP for a referral and get it sorted out.

#25 lynneyours

Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:29 AM

I have the same problem OP.  My GP prescribed a drug called Cyclokapron and it isn't a contraceptive, just slows the bleeding right down.  It isn't perfect, but it is helping.

I've been referred to the Heavy Menstrual Bleeding clinic at the Womens in Melbourne, but don't yet have my appointment.

I've also had internal scans and have no PCOS, no Endio, no fibroids. sad.gif

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