Hello and Here's Most of my story...

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Hello and Here's Most of my story...

Postby PrincessJJ » Mon Feb 21, 2005 11:37 pm

Hello to everyone. I am new on the board and i'm glad i found it.
I am 50 years old, have had itching for 3 years, cold flashes, clamminess,
anxiety and some depression, tired, very tired. I had light periods for
years but now have heavy periods lasting five days (two heavy days)
and three moderate days. I have a cranky doctor who isn't much help.
Have many of you gone from light periods to heavy ones? My doctor
says I have no fibroids. My periods are like clockwork, 25 days apart.
During my 40's they were UGH 21 days apart and he watched me
carefully. Now they are spaced out a little further but heavier...ya
can't win !! Does all of this sound familiar? My mother told me she was
done at 52 and for years preceding the end, her periods were always
getting lighter. Mine have gotten heavier for the last 10 months.
Any suggestions? Thank you. :) PrincessJJ
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Postby drjudy » Wed Feb 23, 2005 10:44 am

Dear Princess,

Heavier periods at this point in time suggest that you are in a perimenopausal imbalance where your ovaries are still producing estrogen--in fact, lots of it--but not ovulating so there is no progesterone to even out the estrogenic influence on your uterine lining. As a result, the endometrial layer gets very thick under the influence of estrogen alone, then the period is heavy, clotty, and often bright red.

Using progesterone in the last half of each cycle may improve your situation over several cycles. Not only will this allow you to skip those don't-wear-white and don't-get-too-far-from-home days, but it will prevent unfavorable changes that can occur in the uterine lining over years of too much estrogen.

Ask your doctor if this would be a reasonable solution for you. If you get the cranky brush-off, consider consulting another doc for a second opinion.

Best wishes,
Judy
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