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#1 Neo Aerith

Posted 17 August 2018 - 11:54 AM

I went to the Doctors yesterday as my periods have been messed up for about 6 months. My regular GP has moved so I had to book with a new Doc. Basically, I explained to new Doc that my periods are now 10 days long with roughly 25 day cycles. I’m having quite bad ovulation pain so wondering if it could by a cyst or something. I’m 20 months post partum so would have thought my cycles should be regular by now.

The Doctor basically told me to go on contraception to fix the problem. I told her I don’t respond well to contraception as I get breakthrough bleeding etc and that was one of the reasons DH had a vasectomy. The Doc got a bit huffy with me and when I asked what could be causing the heavy periods she told me it could be stress. Stress, seriously? She went on to ask if I was having relationship stress or money stress. FTR, I’m not. I’m probably less stressed than I have been in a few years at the moment.

She made no offer of an ultrasound at all and to me I would have thought that would be worth checking out? These kinds of periods are not normal for me.

Would you see another doc?

#2 jayskette

Posted 17 August 2018 - 11:55 AM

Of course I would. At least get a GP that has better manners!

#3 ButterflyNow

Posted 17 August 2018 - 11:57 AM

Definitely another doc. My GP insisted on an ultrasound to check for underlying issues when I had heavy periods. Nothing was found, and I did end up using contraceptive methods, but I remember my GP discussed other options.
Good Luck

#4 TheGreenSheep

Posted 17 August 2018 - 12:06 PM

View Postjayskette, on 17 August 2018 - 11:55 AM, said:

Of course I would. At least get a GP that has better manners!


I would have thought they would also want to do iron studies to see if its impacting your iron stores. Maybe an ultrasound to rule out cysts and fibroids, check your lining etc

Definitely see another GP, thats awful.

Edited by TheGreenSheep, 17 August 2018 - 12:07 PM.

#5 Gruffalo's Child

Posted 17 August 2018 - 12:09 PM

Absolutely!  Do you have a choice of doctor surgeries to go to?  If so, I’d check out their websites and see if you can book into a doctor that has a special interest in women’s health - I did this when having similar concerns.

#6 seayork2002

Posted 17 August 2018 - 01:06 PM

Fibroids, Endometriosis, perimenopause? (my history they have searched for over time)

#7 Lerato76

Posted 17 August 2018 - 01:12 PM

Go to a new doctor and also ask for your zinc levels to be tested, low zinc levels can cause issues with periods.

#8 born.a.girl

Posted 17 August 2018 - 01:18 PM

Yes, and second what's been said about manners.

YOU are the customer, expect decent service, even if you don't get the answer you want.

I would never, ever go back to a doctor who spoke to me like that.  I'd walk over hot coals to see some that I've seen before.

#9 StoneFoxArrow

Posted 17 August 2018 - 01:26 PM

Agree with everyone else. My GP is a bit lacking in some areas, but is so convenient. So, while I see her for very basic things, I tend to see someone else for more specialised issues. I have a different GP (who takes a long time to get into) who I see specifically for issues with my hormones/periods. I also have an appointment booked with a gynaecologist to hopefully get an ultrasound, talk about my periods and maybe even talk about ablation as an option.

I would definitely get a second opinion.

#10 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 17 August 2018 - 05:22 PM

Yeah get another opinion. Ask for a gynaecologist referral too. My periods became a nightmare after my 2nd baby. Very heavy with 24 day (sometimes less) cycles. So it could be your new normal unfortunately but it's still worth getting checked out.

#11 Christmas tree

Posted 17 August 2018 - 09:13 PM

I agree with the whole second opinion - just cos they haven’t given you a solution. But I will say my periods post partum changed from  3-5 days that were (in retrospect) light to 10 days that were almost unmanageably heavy (as in couldn’t sit through a meeting longer than 45 min) . My gp also recommended the pill for management and said the change was not unusual.

Edited by Goldenash, 17 August 2018 - 09:13 PM.

#12 FearsomeFeralFreak

Posted 17 August 2018 - 10:24 PM

Definitely get a second opinion. Get an ultrasound. Get your iron tested too, periods that often and that heavy definitely put you at risk for anaemia.
My periods became like this too after kids. I wasn’t as proactive as you and ended up with undetectable levels of iron and a bit of panic amongst health professionals!
I am now on Depo provera (think carefully before trying this, it has a lot of negative side effects for some women) to stop my periods and will be trying an IUD as soon as the damn depo is out of my system.

#13 Wolf87

Posted 17 August 2018 - 10:31 PM

Yep second opinion. Female gynaecological problems are constantly wrote off and you can leave getting the feeling you need to suck it up and that it’s just part of being a woman. Find someone who listens.

#14 Lou-bags

Posted 17 August 2018 - 10:33 PM

View PostGoldenash, on 17 August 2018 - 09:13 PM, said:

My gp also recommended the pill for management

Well sure, but if the OP gets undesirable side effects the dr should have been on board with working on another solution. And given satisfactory reasons why she believed further investigation wasn’t warranted. Not just a bunch of wishy washy fluff about stress.

OP definitely second opinion. If you’re in Perth, SOR, I can recommend two female GPs and a gynae to try.

#15 Soontobegran

Posted 17 August 2018 - 10:42 PM

I believe the OP's doctor is a woman.

I echo what has been said by everyone else. In the very least you need an ultrasound and a set of bloods.

Good luck.

#16 Lou-bags

Posted 17 August 2018 - 10:48 PM

View PostSoontobegran, on 17 August 2018 - 10:42 PM, said:

I believe the OP's doctor is a woman.

Is this for me? I know... I said ‘she’...

#17 Caitlin Happymeal

Posted 18 August 2018 - 08:21 AM

I would definitely be seeing another GP and looking towards getting both an ultrasound and referral to gyneae.

Ive just been diagnosed with adenomyosis by ultrasound and it explains why I'm anemic and suffering awful periods for the last year and a half. Apparently more common than most people realised.

Ive had a mirena put in but it's too soon to say if it's working or not and whether my body agrees with it.

How frustrating that the gp fobbed you off.

#18 IamtheMumma

Posted 18 August 2018 - 08:36 AM

Definitely see a new GP. Ask for an ultrasound and referral for a gynae.

#19 Christmas tree

Posted 18 August 2018 - 09:50 AM

View PostLou-bags, on 17 August 2018 - 10:33 PM, said:

Well sure, but if the OP gets undesirable side effects the dr should have been on board with working on another solution. And given satisfactory reasons why she believed further investigation wasn’t warranted. Not just a bunch of wishy washy fluff about stress.
Hence why I said get a second opinion.

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