Post # 1
So my hormones broke when I was 20 years old. My periods started coming 10 days apart. The periods themselves would last 5-7 days and were horrifically painful with lots of clots. I also had terrible mood swings and acne for the first time ever. The OB said I had a hormonal imbalance and the only way to fix it was with birth control.
I’ve met tons of other women who were hormonally imbalanced so that they rarely had their periods. But I’ve never met anyone who had more than one period a month due to hormonal imbalances. Is there anyone else out there like me?
Every time I go off the BC, my periods sneak back closer and closer together and my emotions get more and more haywire. (But I lose weight! lol) I also started getting ovarian cysts when I tried to go off BC.
So again, is there anyone else? Also, are there any other insights into this issue?
Post # 3
My periods were every 26 days. I was also a complete bitch all the time, my breasts were sore, and I had acne. Then I was diagnosed estrogen dominant. I took bio-identical progesterone for about a year and my hormones are fine now.
Post # 4
@howtobeawife: I’ve had it both ways due to PCOS. I won’t get a period for 10 weeks, then it’s like they’re backed up and I’ll get two or three a month, or just bleed for 2 weeks straight. I stopped taking BC again because it makes me really really depressed, and 8 months out, my periods are not regular like clockwork but they’re pretty good. I get hot flashes and wicked PMS. Maybe being on the pill was so awful for me that it makes my symptoms appear less. The pill regulated my periods but made my moods and sore breasts soooo much worse. It turned PMS into an every day affair.
At some point when I am ready to have children, I’ll probably have to do something to make sure I’m ovulating. But for now, I’m ok with the way I am. My periods have always been heavy, and for 5-10 days.
Post # 5
I swear that I have hormal imbalances but no doctor will listen to me. My period started coming closer and closer together which never happened and I started getting acne, never had acne in my life.
Post # 6
@maplemag: That’s weird. Usually doctors are pretty happy to run a hormone panel to get to the bottom of things. Sorry that you’re having to deal with those things. When i went to my gynecologist, she ordered some blood tests to see how everything was: I’m sure there was estrogen in there, but I remember thyroxine, luteinizing hormone, follicle stimulating hormone. She also did a transvaginal ultrasound to look for cysts, and sure enough, they were there.
Post # 7
@howtobeawife: So sorry you’re having to deal with that. I’ve always had irregular periods. Mine sometimes last a day, other times they have lasted for weeks, and when they show up is a mystery too. Sometimes it’s monthly, other times it’s every couple weeks or months. I’ve had BC before, and it regulated me but made me sick to my stomach. My mother was the same way, and eventually got a hysterectomy in her early 40s. I don’t know if a hysterectomy would be an acceptable idea for you, but maybe if you’re able to freeze some eggs for later if you want to try to have children at some point.
Post # 8
@Sweet_Tea: Well, I’ve been dealing with this for nearly 7 years now (I turn 27 this May, eek!). I’m completely normal emotionally and my skin went back to normal after BC. But I have to admit that I’m scared to death about getting pregnant someday (assuming I can get pregnant). Will my hormones be absolutely crazy? Will it complicate things? I’ve just never met anyone else with too close periods and so I have no idea what to expect or if it could be treated differently.
Post # 9
@howtobeawife: There is no telling how your body will react to pregnancy, surgery, anything. The times I had too-close periods, I was pretty bitchy, but that could’ve been because I hated having to buy so many tampons and was getting weird looks at Walmart. I’d definitely recommend talking to a doctor about it, and if he/she refers you to a specialist, go. Just explain to him or her exactly what you’ve told us, and hopefully they can prescribe either some medication or diet change or some way to help you get regulated. It could be hormones, it could be an allergy to a certain food, but I hope it gets resolved soon!
Post # 10
@howtobeawife: at the age of 17 I started having issues with my periods due to hormone issues, my period breaks started vanishing. At one point I was on for two months solid with one day completely period free. I was at one point worried about going out because I was so heavier no amount of sanitary towel changing made any difference. I was put on birth control which sorted my periods. I came off it almost two years ago, and they have just recently sorted out themselves.
I was told that if issues during TTC I can get help from my doctor. As far as how you will be pregnant I can’t say.
Post # 11
@FisherQueen: Thanks for your post. I find it strange too. I don’t know what is up with the docs I’m seeing lately because I really had to press one to do a hormone check. She said it came back low on testosterone but she didn’t think it was cause for alarm.. Well, I do.
I had a cyst the size of an apple on my right ovary that caused it to shut down and it had to be removed in 2006. Yet no doctor here (I’m blaming everything on Minnesota) thinks I need to have an ultrasound to check things out.
I’m making an appointment with a naturopathic dotor because I’m at the end of my rope here and I want to make sure that things are going okay in my body.
Post # 12
I don’t have any insight or any experience to relate to you, but I have heard from several of my friends who have kids that after they had their first baby, it was like hitting the reset button on their hormones and it evened everything out. I had a friend who had really bad, super heavy periods and they were irregular and after she had her first baby it all balanced out and she’s been fine ever since pretty much…
Maybe once you have your first baby (if you plan to at all) it will naturally balance itself out? but until then…. I don’t know…Have you tried a homeopath or naturopath?
Post # 13
Yes and it was horrible. I was in elementary school when I was getting them what it seemed like all the time. I remember thinking at one point that once women start they are constantly bleeding, as I wasn’t thinking clearly at the time because of how horrible I was feeling and I got confused and was thinking they come every week instead of every month! It seemed like just when I could get by without a liner the next one would start heavy again.
I also had breakthrough bleeding once while on BCP that was heavy and it started right after I had a withdrawal bleed. Luckily I haven’t had that again!