Heavy & Clotty Periods! – PLEASE read! Sorry if it's long

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I bleed like this..but I have SO many female problems its not unusual for me. I don’t know definitely go get checked out!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@BellaDee:  I would have them check for fibroids or signs of a miscarriage. Heavy, heavy bleeding and large clots like that can be a sign of that. 

All of your headaches, fatigue and heart pounding is what my periods used to make me have too. Sounds like anemia as well, and no, your iron levels won’t show a drop until you’re on your period or right after. Oddly enough, that’s the only time I ever craved red meat as well. 🙂

 

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

I often have what I consider to be heavy periods but nothing close to a clot the size of a golf ball.

I would definitely see a doctor if I were you. Hopefully, it’s nothing more than just a very heavy period. But these symptoms are so strong! Heart symptoms, I’d be worried about those too. And your fatigue and night headaches, I wonder if these are due to the heavy blood loss? Your period might be making you anemic. You may need iron supplements.

You can test for your usual blood iron levels, and if they’re somewhat low and your periods are heavy, I think it’s worth taking iron supplements during your periods and seeing if they help. They aren’t prescription anyway but you still would want to see a doctor to rule other stuff out. (You also don’t want to overdo iron supplements either as that can also have downsides).

If you’re wary of trying iron supplements (you must take them on a full stomach, by the way, or they will cause stomach upset and constipation) just eat a bunch of stuff high in iron. The darkest green leafy stuff is best, better than meat or pills as a general source of iron, with no negative consequences. That bitter punch of kale and dandelion leaves? That’s a sign that it’s got what you need.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My mother had periods like that and she had fibroids in her uterus. The only difference is she never stopped bleeding…it was one continual horrible period until she finally went to the doctor, he sent he to the ER, they had to give her 6-7 units of blood, and she had surgery.

Since you last few periods have been uncommon for you I would definitely go to the doctor during your next cycle. Are you fairly regular? Can you go ahead and schedule an appointment to coincide with your cycle?

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Well when I was young (13-14ish, 8th grade) I had really heavy periods like this.  Except mine would last like 2 weeks and then when they ended…they would just start again 2 weeks later.  So needless to say I was severly anemic by the time I went to the doctor.  But anemia will cause fatigue so it’s possible you’re anemic.  I couldn’t go up the stairs without being completely out of breath (at 13).  As far as I know, no other symptons aside from those (no heart issues that I can remember).  I had the largest size tampon and at the worst I’d be through with it in 30-40 min.

They put me on iron and BCP and it made my periods really light (and regular).  So I’ve been on it ever since.

I think you need to go to your doctor and talk to them about it.  I would actually take some iron if I were you in the meantime.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had almost exactly the same experience – always had heavy periods, gradually got heavier and more clotty over about a year. Then I had random large clots appear outside my normal period! I went straight to the dr who changed my birth control pill to the progesterone only and sent me for an ultrasound. Ultrasound revealed that I have fibroids. It has been five months on the new pill and the bleeding has almost completely stopped. But for the first 3 months I bled almost every day (not continuously – in random sudden gushes!). It was incredibly inconvenient and sometimes quite embarrassing. I seem to be over that now. The dr offered me the coil if this pill kept causing me bleeding but thankfully I think (hope) I’m over that now.

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