Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
Hi Bees. I’m 32 and have a LONG history of medical issues. When I was 16 I was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. I was told that because of my age and the chemo I recieved there was a very good chance I would never be able to have children. Fortunately I was able to and I never paid much attention to what the doctors told me after that. I have had irregular periods for several years now, basically after I had my twins when I was 24 my periods were always irregular. BUT I did have a period every month. My cycle would be anywhere between 24-32 days.
I missed my period last month and I was not pregnant. My FI had a vasectomy LONG before I ever met him, and I’m very faithful to him so I knew there was never a chance of being pregnant. But just in case the vasectomy reversed (stranger things have happened to me after all) I took 2 pregnancy tests at home which both were negative. I went to my doctor after my period was 2 weeks late. She also gave me a pregnancy test from a blood sample. We were starting to look at early menopause because of my history with chemo/cancer. She really didn’t seem too concerned with it since it was an early diagnosis and only 1 missed period can be normal. I was to see if I got a period and we’d go from there.
So 49 days after my LMP (I keep track of my periods religiously because they are so irregular and I’d like to know when I should start carrying supplies in case of a surprise emergency) I start spotting. Spotting for a couple days before my period is normal so I started to relax. Only this time I had 4 days of spotting which is not normal and I started to wonder if I was ever going to get an actual period. It finally did show up only it was light, normally my first full day of menses is really heavy with lots of cramping. So I had a light period for 2 days, then a little bit heavier period a day after that, only still no cramping etc. Yesterday I had full on HEAVY period with horrible cramping.
Ok this is where it might be TMI, last night I wore a super tampon and a overnight pad to bed. On my heavy days I have a history of leaking through. I got up this morning with as expected a soaked tampon and some blood on the pad. I went to the bathroom to take out my tampon and a HUGE clot came out with it. For a second I thought I had forgot to take out a previous tampon and the one I was taking out was pulling it out too. I sat there grossed out for a minute and a little freaked out because I have no one to ask about this. My mom and most of the females in my family all had hysterectomies so they never went through menopause naturally.
Is the clot because I missed my period last month? I’ve now been bleeding for over a week and I have a feeling this period is going to be longer than normal.
My question is when all of you started going through menopause did this happen to you? I wanted to wait a couple of months and see if my periods went back to normal before contacting my doctor again. But my periods are so screwed up. Before I would have a flow of about 4-5 days. Like I said I’m going on 7 days right now and still heavy so no sign of AF letting up anytime soon. I’m just so confused and a little scared.
Post # 3
I can’t say one way or the other whether what you’re experiencing is menopause-related, BUT, I thought I’d put my $0.02 regardless. Have you considered a hysterectomy? I had an almost life-long history of irregular periods, and multiple trips to the GYN. Two years ago, she ordered an ultrasound, which showed uterine cysts, and she suggested a hysterectomy. It was the best course of action for me/us, as we both had grown children, and had no interest in having any more. It was an outpatient procedure, completely vaginal, and I was up and about after the anesthetic wore off. The day after, I hopped in the car, and rode more than eight hours with FI to Canada. She left my ovaries (TG) and I have never, ever, been sorry that I made the decision.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
@Mrs Canuck: WOW 8 hours after! I’m a baby when it comes to pain so I can’t imagine I would do that, but then again I don’t know what a hysterectomy would feel like. My mom had a hysterectomy when she was about 40 she had cysts as well. That might be an option for me. After yesterday I thought about calling my doctor but I feel like I’m constantly calling her and I don’t want her to think I’m being a Hyperchondriac. Normally I’m not, normally something happens and I never want to go to the doctor lol. But missing my period scared me and then I was expecting a sort of longer period but I was unprepared for the clot. I’m still on my period this will be 8 days, I’ll wait until the end of the week to call my doctor again. If my period doesn’t cease by then I may have to look at alternatives. I have a history of anemia and I don’t want this to cause problems.
Post # 5
@NurseMandie: I don’t know if you are going through menopause or not. However I can relate to your frustration with having your period be anything but regular.
I am a little older than you are. I am 43, and I am experiencing bleeding of some sort every two weeks. I agree with PP see if you can get a hsyterectomy done. I am trying to get in to the dr to have an exam done. But so far everytime I have an appointment….the bleeding starts and I have to keep rescheduling. My plan is to beg for a hysterctomy. I am so sick of not knowing what my cycle is, and when it will be coming back. I just know that when it comes I fell terrible. Severe cramping and bloating, very heavy bleeding, severe headaches.
If you feel there is a problem, then it should be checked out. Don’t feel like you are a hypochandriac. You know your bocy. And if something doesn’t feel right. Then it needs to be checked.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
@thumpurr: We’re in the same boat then. I had my period at the beginning of the month that lasted 10 days. I got off my period and went a week without it only to get my period again Friday. So frustrating that my body is going out of whack. I feel like all of a sudden my body is just breaking down. I will probably make an appt with my doctor after the New Year. My FI tells me to just wait and see if it doesn’t correct its self out. He also seems to think that I’m trying to cycle with his 15 year old daughter. I keep trying to tell him that if I was trying to cycle with her I’d either get mine a few days early or a few days later, I wouldn’t just skip an entire month and then have a period for 10 days, be off it a week only to get it again the following week….men.
I want to wait until after the New Year just to see how long this period lasts and also to see if I get it again a week after stopping. I think that if I can tell my doctor that this is happening more than once, I’ll have more reason to convince her that whats happening is not normal. If nothing gets done than I’ll go to a OB/GYN specialist about it. The problem is that my doctor told me that if the irregular periods continue than she’d put me on BCP, but if this is perimenopause, won’t that prolong my periods when my body is wanting to stop them? I know its not natural for me to go through menopause so early, but the reason I am is because of the age I was when I had cancer and the type of chemo I had. So is it better to be on BCP or to just let my body naturally run its course? Its so confusing. And I don’t have anyone in my family to talk to about this.
Post # 7
To @NurseMandie: just seeing this post now…
To be honest sounds a lot like perimenopause to me…
I will send you a PM
Post # 8
due chemo I hit menopause at 38. that was 11 years ago and getting married next July. before my last period I had a few months of long heavy periods. they stopped as easy as they started then stopped completely???