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Hi I just read your message. You answered some of my questions. I have 5 older sisters and 4 have had hysterectomies. The other one started having peri menopause after me. The others couldn't answer my questions. My ob/gyn said I should be over after I have missed for a year. I am 50 and I hope and pray that they will end. I had missed for 4 months then had a heavy flow for 12 days. Then I missed a couple of months and spotted. I had been spotting for 10 days and had a slight heavier flow for one day. Heavier than spotting. Its crazy but I don't seem to have any spotting or flow while I am sleeping.
I look forward to the day I can wear white pants.

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10/4/15 10:06 P

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Wow! Somehow I missed this post. emoticon Ladies!

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Years ago, my doc recommended ibuprofen to help. I lived off that stuff for about a year. Then, realized it wasn't a smart thing to do to my gut.



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Feeling 100 percent better today! Man that was rough!



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9/29/15 10:29 A

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I had a pap smear Aug 27th and started spotting after that, I had not had a period since June before that which is my very first sign of actually leaving Peri and heading to Menopause my doc said. I spotted off and on for the entire month of September, had what was maybe a period early September but it was very short and light. Well yesterday I started bleeding and it has been insanely heavy. I have had months like this before but I feel so drained. Ughhhhh. Just venting, will see a doc if this continues. I just want to sleep it off and I have a 12 hour day today!





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3/9/14 11:16 P

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I started my TOM at an early age and had it for about 40 yrs, but I have gone for 4 yrs with out one now, so I am done with that part of my life. But I always had a bad time with my TOM, really bad cramps, very irregular. I was 46 when my mom passed away less than a yr from my dad and I had been care taking both of them. I couldn't get either of them to make out a will so I had to go through a probate case for their estate with my older brother and sister, find a job, sell our home and find a place to stay, plus work part time and go to school part time. The stress just sent my TOM out of whack and while I was in class I started to bleed through a super plus tampon and the heaviest Pad I could buy. It got so I was going through them both in about 15-20 mins. I would just make it to the bathroom all the way on the other end of campus and then get back to class when I could feel it had over flowed again. I did that three times and then asked to go home. I couldn't get in to the clinic that I usually went to that day, but I talked to them and they told me to go home take IB pills, lie down and if it continues so much so fast to go to the emergency room. Luckily that worked. But it happened several times after that, so they put me on the pill to regulate it and that worked for a long time. But then much later my TOM stopped, actually the blood was there it just wasn't shedding. So then they had to put me on a different type of pill for a while to get it started again. And then later they put me back on the pill as I was having so much irregular problems. They did a bunch of test on me to make sure their wasn't any thing serious going on other than irregularity with my TOM. And finally it just stopped for good just as I turned 50. So I would say give the ibuprofen a chance next type it is going too much too fast.
Janette

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3/9/14 6:22 P

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I am 50. Last year I got to the point of complaining yet again to the doc about heavy bleeding, and since I now have insurance, she suggested an IUD, which I will have removed in 5 years when everything is "done". It has helped immensely! I still get periods at this point, but I've gone from the change-a-t-pon every 90 minutes and wearing a Tena underwear at night as backup, to 2 t-pons a DAY. It does drag on longer, but since it's just a dribble, I am very pleased.



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2/6/14 5:42 P

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Sorry for you Cindy - know the feeling. I try and comfort myself that I get more reading done in those 'wee small hours.' I do find one of my more annoying symptoms (aside from the obvious) at that time is tiredness - to the point of exhaustion sometimes. Hormones not an option for me either. I keep telling myself at least my hormones are giving me heart disease protection (hopefully). emoticon

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2/6/14 3:58 P

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Made it over a month this time then WHAM! last night at 2 a.m. I had to get out of bed and take care of the "garden hose" bleeding--great term by the way Wisdomtooth2020-- 40 years of periods! Holy cow! I never thought about that! But yeah, I started when I was 13 so that's 39 years, not QUITE 40 for me! lol!
Anyway, I was changing every hour and a half to two hours for six hours this time (better than Dec.), it has slowed now, thank God, so it was a much shorter duration this time, but whew! Of course I couldn't go back to sleep, so spent some time in the Bible and prayer, then finally got out of bed at 4:30 and started my day, with a t-pon in my pocket and stashed everywhere else I could discreetly hide one.
Someone suggested birth control pills, when I was younger I tired dozens of different ones, literally, long story but they made me sick and aren't an option. Appreciate the suggestion though! My yearly physical is in May, so tracking everything on a calendar until then to tell my doctor.
The lack of sleep today is not helping my emotions at all, but trying to be upbeat and reminding myself, this too shall pass. Again, it helps knowing others are or have gone through this and survived! And didn't bleed to death! lol! Gotta have a sense of humor at this point I think! Thanks again ladies.

Cindy

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1/26/14 4:00 A

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There is a medication that can stop that heavy bleeding!

At least, here in my country (I live in the Netherlands). It's called 'cyclokapron'. It contains tranexaminic acid (I hope that is the right translation). To be used 'as needed' so you don't have to take a pill daily like when you use 'the pill' and it contains no hormones.

It was prescribed to me by my gyneocologist. He said it was safe to use and for me it has no side effects. The only disadvantage is that it takes a few hours before it truly does it's job. And then you think your period is over so you stop taking it and the bleeding returns. All that said I am very glad to have it and to use it when I feel that my bleeding is so heavy. It helps to prevent aneamia.

See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tranexamic_aci
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1/25/14 7:29 P

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Wow - did I suddenly find the right team! Odd thing to bond over huh? But yes, me too - used to be able to set my watch by my cycle, let alone my calendar - now who knows? And yes - the 'garden hose' bleeding - love that analogy. Thankfully as someone else said slightly shorter length, once I grit my teeth through that 18-24 hours of misery and antisocial activity. Then who knows - maybe nothing, maybe something. It keeps stuff interesting I guess. Not offering advice but the ibuprofen thing - ibuprofen works but you have to take it almost immediately and keep going 24 hours after the symptoms subside to help with bleeding but check it out yourself. Otherwise it just comes back - it will give pain relief just as one dose though.

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12/27/13 7:38 P

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I too can relate. I was 8 weeks late, then I started. I bled really, really heavy for over 2 weeks. I had very large blood clots. A lot of ladies I talked to said it was probably stress. I don't know. It is very inconvenient and a huge mess!!! I too was changing every hour and a half to 2 hours. I hope I don't have it that way again.

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12/27/13 7:24 P

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I had the same problem. I read on the internet that Ibuprofen can help slow the bleeding. Taking 2 ibuprofen seemed to help. I was bleeding so heavy I couldn't leave the house without taking ibuprofen. I talked to my doctor about it and he said the ibuprofen was a good idea.

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12/4/13 7:24 P

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Oh Thank you guys! It's helpful just to know I'm not the only one! And yes, Gabibear, my doctor did a biopsy in June and everything was fine. Thanks for asking about that though. I'm still bleeding but it's better than the other day and like GK1963, I NEVER go anywhere without a tampon and a pad ---in my pocket, in my purse, in my backpack, haven't put one in my lunch pail -- YET! lol! Thanks for the responds ladies! I appreciate it!

Cindy

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12/4/13 10:35 A

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Back when I was younger, my TOM was like clockwork and I never had cramps or any other nasty things associated with periods. Now, I never know when to expect it ( I always have an OB tampon in my pocket), my flow is all over the board when it does happen, sometimes I cramp up so bad it brings me to tears and at times I am an emotional basketcase...God I love being a "woman of a certain age"

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12/4/13 9:49 A

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When mine got like that I went to my gynecologist and begged for birth control pills. Those help immensely! Took them for a year, went back to dr. and she advised me to take them continuously so I no longer have a period at all. A little breakthrough bleeding occasionally, but nothing heavy.

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12/4/13 9:48 A

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Cindy, obviously we are all in this together! That is something we all go/went through, the unexpected heavy bleeding. But all good things do come to an end! Hang in there!

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12/3/13 11:22 P

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Dorothy, my doctor is the worry wart type and I am grateful because at least I know that she stayed on top of it and that I am fine. It is a peace of mind thing for me.

Thank you Lord for blessing our steps all the way to the end.

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I did, and she didn't seem to worried. everything was normal. but am due to go again, and have been putting it off.

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12/3/13 9:58 P

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I called it "garden hose" bleeding at that stage. The bad news was as you describe, tampons and all. The good news? I went from bleeding for 5 days to just 3 start to finish. I'm enjoying missed periods now, too, about every 3rd month. Just recently I have "normal" bleeds that don't require transfusions. I'm looking forward to not having any. The other bonus? I no longer have the monster cramps I did for the past 40 years. Gads! Forty years of periods!

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12/3/13 8:59 P

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I can relate too! I have had months like that too. Did either of you, Cindy or Dorothy ever get it checked out with your gynecologist, just to be sure? I got it checked out to make sure it wasn't anything worse than just a heavy period - like fibroids or endometrial problems, but thank God that is wasn't. Better to be sure than sorry.

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12/3/13 8:32 P

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I can relate with you. I have had the same issue, but not quite that bad. I went a year with nothing then 2 months heavy. now from march to now have had nothing. I am hoping this is it. hang in there

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It's one of THOSE months. For three or four months I just spotted. It was great, I can deal with that. This month, I started lightly spotting and thought to myself "I can get through this! Yea me!" Shouldn't have gotten cocky I guess. I'm having a miserable bloody time. Again. Yesterday, for about 18 hours I was bleeding so badly I had to change an Ultra tampon every 2 hours and had to back it up with a heavy duty pad. ARRRGH!!!! And I'm still bleeding, not as heavily, thank goodness, but still bleeding. Sorry if that's too much information, but I needed to vent a bit and thought, this IS the Perimenopause to Menopause Team, what better place to find someone who can relate! Ummmm.....so can anyone else relate?

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