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To not want to have a near constant period & think the doctors should refer me ?

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user1487450864 Wed 15-Mar-17 14:30:02

I'm 46 with 3 DCs.

I finished my last period on Saturday & started again yesterday (Tuesday). This has been pretty much the cycle for 6-8 months. They are 'proper' soak through periods as well - sorry if TMI

Its depressing and draining. I've been to the doctors repeatedly who have done blood tests but nothing else. I'm really at the end of my tether now.

DesignedForLife Wed 15-Mar-17 14:38:35

YANBU, that sounds horrible and exhausting. Can you see a different doctor?

mumonashoestring Wed 15-Mar-17 14:43:14

Doctors dismiss anything to do with ladyparts far too easily in my experience - I'm beginning to think there's something in the training programme that says 'fannies are weird - try not to go there'. I would, at the very least, ask to see a different doctor if you've been seeing the same GP all this time. If that's not possible for some reason, try asking the GP to consider this: What you're experiencing cannot be explained in terms of a standard menstrual cycle. Therefore it could be termed unexplained bleeding. If they had a male patient presenting who had been suffering unexplained bleeding consistently for 8 months, would they give up after blood tests? Then ask for a referral to an O&G specialist.

frazzled3ds Wed 15-Mar-17 14:44:58

I'm 37 and have 3 DS. I went to my GP this week as I've been having fortnightly periods - my 'usual' one, lasting around 8-10 days, then two weeks after starting that one, I'll get another one, lasting 3-5 days. It's been happening for 4 months, initial GP I saw in January thought it may be stress related (there was a lot going on at the time) and did a series of blood tests, all were fine. GP I saw this week has booked another appt for me with her to do a load of swabs and all that fun.... and has also referred me for a scan to take a look at what's going on.

I don't know enough about menopause related stuff, but maybe it's to do with that? I'd be inclined to see a different GP, and request a gynaecologist referral to check there's nothing like fibroids causing it.

flowers - nigh on permanent periods are a nightmare!

spidey66 Wed 15-Mar-17 14:45:17

They definitely should refer you to gyne. It is possible you may have fibroids or something which won't show up via blood tests.

LoudestRoar Wed 15-Mar-17 14:46:41

I'm having something similar, although not as much as you. I've had a smear test, (due anyway) which came back normal. I'm now being sent for an internal scan to check everything is ok.
I'd go back to the GP, and ask if they can send you for a scan. Hope they sort it out for you.

spidey66 Wed 15-Mar-17 14:49:29

xPosted with frazzled. Great minds and all that.

I had a hysterectomy 18 months ago for a ginormous fibroid (think size of a 7 month pregnancy....over 20 cms) and was a similar age to you. They're common in women of a certain age lol. They can definitely cause similar problems to you.

Are there female GPs in your practice? They maybe more sympathetic. They shouldn't be but I'd say are more likely to be.

redannie118 Wed 15-Mar-17 14:53:14

You need an internal ultrasound. Ask the GP outright for one if they are not listening. I've just had one due to constant bleeding and I've got fibroids, am booked in next month to have a coil fitted which should sort it out. Also ask for some Porvera, it will stop the bleeding in a couple of days. You shouldn't have to suffer like this, hope you get sorted out

yerbutnobut Wed 15-Mar-17 16:05:03

sounds similar to my DMs experience when she was about your age, turned out to be the mother of all fibroids, had op and been right as rain ever since, was fobbed off for ages before finding out what it was though, so keep pursuing. I always say, if somethings out of the norm for you, get it thoroughly checked out.

SlB09 Wed 15-Mar-17 16:09:53

Find out which GP in your practice has a special interest in gyneacology or contraception, sometimes it says on the website. Ask directly re ultrasound or gynea referral and if not why not? See them, if still no luck go to your local family planning/womens clinic and discuss with them, they might take you more seriously

StripeyDeckchair Wed 15-Mar-17 19:42:36

Insist on getting it checked out. My periods got worse & worse & I kept getting told it was my age & fobbed off.
In the end I had 10months of constant very heavy (change at least every hour, clots, using dual protection, getting up in the night to change) periods.

After nearly 3 years I was finally diagnosed with late stage endometrial cancer.
So late I had surgery & (gruelling) further treatment.
Much longer & it would have been too late for any treatment.

Don't be deterred, you need to find out exactly what is the cause of your problem - this is not normal at any point in life.

wickerlampshade Wed 15-Mar-17 19:45:11

Of course you need referral (GP here) assuming the cause isn't already known.

altiara Wed 15-Mar-17 19:48:11

YANBU!!!!!!!! Yes you should be referred, it sounds horrible.
Where abouts in the country are you? We could suggest consultants for you.

BG2015 Wed 15-Mar-17 20:05:00

I've had this for about 6 yrs or so now (I'm 48) I've had 2 Mirena coils which have regulated my erratic and prolonged bleeding. Last May I started bleeding and basically have been bleeding ever since.

Last August I had scans to check if the coil was still there, it was, but they also discovered 2 fibroids (the cause of the bleeding) in September I had an endometrial ablation, which failed and I'm now on the waiting list for a hysterectomy.

I'm taking Northisterone to give me some relief from the bleeding but I hate taking it - convinced it's stopping me from losing weight and affecting my sleep (although could be onset on menopause.)

Get yourself checked out as this won't get better, believe me. My GP was brilliant tbh. I'm just desperate now for my op!

user1487450864 Wed 15-Mar-17 20:20:51

Thank you all for your replies. I have booked to a (female) GP on Friday (earliest appointment).

Flowers (don't know how to get the emoji) to all the fellow suffers & I hope you are recovering & well Stripey .

I am going to push for a scan to discount or confirm fibroids & vow to not leave the surgery on Friday without a referral.

Since the outset I've also lost 2 stone in weight (I was only 9.5 stone before) which they just don't seem to take seriously as well !

Thank you all and good luck to everyone getting some answers

wickerlampshade Wed 15-Mar-17 21:20:14

unintentional weight loss and near constant bleeding? urgent referral. hope it goes well.

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