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I am 48, went through all the hot flashes last spring and summer. July 5 was my last period (I thought), there was nothing until December 4 when a light period started. It has progressed into much heavier bleeding with what appears to be clots. The bleeding has not stopped at all and it's now January 16. A friend told me it was just my body cleaning out but I'm getting concerned. Is this common?
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replied January 16th, 2010
I came on here to post exactly the same question! I've been bleeding for 2 weeks and it's really quite heavy. I've been trying to decide if I should call my dr. or not.
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replied January 16th, 2010
2 weeks might not be a concern but it couldn't hurt to call.

6 weeks is bad. I went to the doctor today, she was really concerned. Sent me for blood tests and put me on some hormone drug to stop the bleeding. I have to have an ultrasound on Monday and back to the doc Tuesday for a biopsy. It's a little scary.
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replied January 17th, 2010
Good luck with your tests. Hopefully it's nothing!

I know 2 weeks doesn't seem like much when you've had 6 but my concern is that it's so heavy. Much heavier than it ever was before. I think I will call the doc anyway just to check. Keep us posted on how your tests go!
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replied January 17th, 2010
Thank you. Best of luck to you too and let us know what your doc says.
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replied January 28th, 2010
Just checking in to see if you've gotten any answers. I hope all is well!
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replied January 30th, 2010
Thanks so much for asking. I was just coming on to update and see how you are. Did you see your doc? I hope all is back to normal for you.

I still haven't had a biopsy. The doc put me on some hormone pill to stop the bleeding so she could get the biopsy. The bleeding has gotten worse and I'm now on 4 pills a day plus iron. Honestly, I feel like crap. I finally got the ultrasound this past Wednesday and got the results this morning. The endometrium (sorry about the spelling) is supposed to be smooth, I'm told. Mine is all jagged and the whole lining is still very thick. Waiting now for an appt. with a gyn. My doc suspects I will need a D & C. So I am progressing I guess but still don't know what's wrong. Cancer has been tossed around a couple of times and that of course, scares me.
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replied January 30th, 2010
I wonder why they don't do a hysterectomy in a case like yours? It seems like if you are bleeding so much, they would want to do something asap!

I've almost completely stopped now. I have an appointment with a gyn next week but I'm guessing mine is just a normal thing that I have to deal with. It was the strangest period I've ever had though. Lots of clotting and heavy bleeding for days straight and then almost stopped the next. Wierd. Now it's just enough to be annoying.

Good luck with your tests! I'll check back in a few weeks or so to see how you are.
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replied January 30th, 2010
I'm so glad you're doing ok but keep that apt. with your gyn anyway. I get the clots too, it's gross.

I suppose a hysterectomy isn't out of the question yet, the gyn will know what's best I hope. I'll update again when I know more. Keep smiling, this should all be over soon.... right? Smile
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replied February 21st, 2010
Any answers yet? Did you have your tests?

I go Friday for an ultrasound and biopsy of my uterus. I am bleeding heavier than ever now. I'm going to call tomorrow to see if she can do anything to slow it down. I hate this!!!
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replied November 3rd, 2010
hi I was just looking for some one going through what i am i haven't had a period for 15 months again like you 2 thought that was it i went to doctors on Monday gone and am going to have a scan tomorrow and see gynie consultant straight after i've been told it might be cancer and worrying myself silly by the way i'm 49
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replied September 6th, 2013
Premen 54 day of bleeding Amercian doctors NOt taking it serious
I just wanted to post because it seems like many women are going through this 6 to 8 week bleeding. I have insurance but I am mad as hell that some of you do NOT. As a women I find it primitive that you to have to bleed without insurance. I too am very scared about it. I started July 17 2013 and am still going at the time of this post which is Sept 6 2013. I let it go for 34 days and then was seen. I had a biopsy no cancer I had blood work low iron and was put on a low level 10mg Medrozyprogestone tablet. I took it for 14 days nothing happened. I then Sunday Sept 1 bleed very heavy. I went to emergency Sept 15 bleeding heavy over everything. My original doc told me there was a thick lining. I did ask for a low level pill because I am against drugs of any kind unless I am desperate. At the emergency I was and they gave me a ortho tri-cyclen. My bleeding has not stopped and I am due to another appointment Monday Sept 9, 2013. I am livid . I did an ultra sound and they know my wall is too thick. They could just give me a D & C and this cold be over. But they treat us women so bad I cant believe it. I cant work with this sort of blood loss and the jolt of pills I am taking is crazy. I am weak and tired and the iron I am taking is about $45 dollars its German named I think Salus.
All I want is the D& C done so I can go back to work and stop taking all these pills and appointments wasting energy and money. Remember I have insurance. American is like a 7th world country... I am a ashamed they treat women this way.
The only reason I am posting this is to let women know you are NOT alone. I am sorry your scared and out of your mind. I know its hard to work bleed and be weak with no energy. Actually women doctors have been the worst sort of a go a ahead and bleed who cares. I am actually looking for a male doctor to do the D&C men like me or into solutions and a D&C would solve the issues. These pills are they working who knows.

Suggestion LEAVE THE COUNTRY.. Better medical care free. I am sorry you all have been scared and are being mistreated. I wish you all well and hope you get everything you need. Also check plan parenthood it can be dicey but they do health care for women for free or a sliding scale. I wish you tons well. IN case any woman is looking for a similar situation trying to understand this I wanted to post for support?
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replied September 7th, 2013
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Maybe more than a thick lining?
dommpilar - Sorry you're going through this! Could you possibly have a polyp? Those can cause heavy bleeding. And they can sometimes make the lining appear thick because it can be hard to differentiate the lining from the polyp.

Have you had your thyroid and pituitary checked? An imbalance with those glands can cause menstrual problems. What about the possibility of a clotting disorder?

It's odd too how certain progestins and/or dosages work quickly in some women and not so much in others. I wonder why they won't do a D&C. If you have fibroids, that's a valid reason not to do one. Also, if you've already had one/some, they may not want to do another as there are risks when you've had too many.

There's a non-hormonal medication that's used for heavy bleeding. It's called tranexamic acid or cyklokapron (brand name Lysteda). But not sure they'd use this in a case like yours. There's a good "pubmedhealth" article that lists the various pharmaceutical treatments and their percent effectiveness for heavy menstrual bleeding that you may want to review.

Some forms of iron are hard to absorb so you may do better on a different one. Taking it with vitamin C and away from calcium will enhance absorption.

Hoping this is all over soon!
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