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Just when you stop ttc. Is this what I think it is?

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lavenderkate Thu 10-Sep-09 22:31:37

Had 2Mcs so not actively ttc anymore.
(We decided we were lucky enough with our healthy dcs and it was too distressing so I stopped obsessing over sticks about 1 yr ago).

However I am wondering if this is implantation bleeding...
Normally have 28 day cycle. This time, BD day8, usually Ov around days10-13. Day19 had light pink show but not enough to wear liner. still happening intermittantly now on day 22.
My periods are usually horrendously painful and heavy. But I have no pain at all and a barely noticeable bleed. It actually reminds me of the show you get at the end of your pregnancy.
Opinions /experience please?

lavenderkate Thu 10-Sep-09 22:57:17

Bump. Please ?

claireinthecommunity Thu 10-Sep-09 23:09:26

Sorry no experience myself (I'm TTC baby no.1) but didn't want your post to go unanswered.

Best wishes to you for the outcome you would most like smile

lavenderkate Thu 10-Sep-09 23:21:14

Thats kind, thank you claire x

AttilaTheMeerkat Fri 11-Sep-09 07:27:07

lavenderkate

Please see a gynae re your "horrendously painful and heavy periods". You don't have to put up with it. It may be that you have fibroids (these can cause heavy bleeding) or endometriosis (which is a common cause of very painful periods).

Any bleeding between periods should be investigated further to ascertain the cause.
My guess is that this is not actually implantation bleeding although I would like to be wrong here.

lavenderkate Fri 11-Sep-09 22:19:37

Attila , I have suspected endometriosis,but my sister has it much worse and has seen many consultants as she has difficulty conceiving too. None of whom could help. We thought it to be something you just get on with.
What can be done?

lavenderkate Fri 11-Sep-09 22:20:44

The bleeding has tailed off now. Would have been due wednesday officially.

AttilaTheMeerkat Sat 12-Sep-09 08:55:55

LavendarKate

For you and your sister. No this is not soemthing that you should just get on with!.

Read www.endometriosis.org advising on how to approach your GP, how to hold your own & stand firm in knowing who you want referral to. Advice is given on how to prepare yourself before seeing the consultant & questions to ask. Do not be afraid of checking his/her knowledge & experience in deciding whether you feel comfortable with them. Remember it is your illness, your health, your life. You are in equal partnership with the people caring for you.

www.endometriosis.org/endometriosis_centres_of_excellence

Choose the specialists you want to see, narrowing your choices to say three. Below is an excellent site enabling you to search for gynaecologists (or any other consultant) in or out of your area, enabling you to check their areas of special interest. You can then locate those with specialty in endo & laparoscopic surgery. DO NOT SEE ANYONE ELSE.

www.drfosterhealth.co.uk/consultant-guide

If you feel able, it is a good idea to write to them with your history/concerns, copies of any scan/biospy results & hopes for treatment. The replies will tell you a lot about them - their enthusiasm about the condition as well as their level of expertise.

Your GP will probably want to follow tradition & refer you 'locally' but the patient's right to choose now allows NHS patients to choose a specialist out of the area. You must impress on your doctor that you must see an endo specialist & he/she is obliged to refer you. Even after seeing one you might feel you want a more expert person & most consultants should be happy to refer you on again if necessary.

If you are unhappy with one you have chosen & gone to see don't be afraid to see another for a second opinion. Most of us only have one chance to get this right & avoid future complications of inappropriate treatment or have them put right.

The moral has to be - take charge of your own health, don't be afraid of standing firm in your knowledge of yourself, your illness & what you want. There is a specialist out there who will find your endo but you just need to be prepared to put time & effort in to finding them. And never give up!

EldonAve Sat 12-Sep-09 09:00:50

re possible pg - take a test if you think it was possibly implanation

re the painful & heavy periods - agree with Attila - don't suffer in silence

lavenderkate Mon 14-Sep-09 09:32:16

Attila, thank you so much for all the information.
It really has been a comfort knowing someone else is looking out for you like that.

I have made an appt to see my GP this morning.
Last night things deteriorated and now am in constant dull pain and bleeding is out of control so I am glad to be going to Dr today, although pretty scared too.

I shall pass your words of wisdom to my sister. She does have confirmed endo and IBS after much 'exploratory' work and it would seem my symptoms are very similar. She was told there was absolutely nothing that could be done for her and they sent her home with stronger pain relief.
I shall read up on the links you sent me now.
Thank you.

(I did 2 tests, I am not pg sadly. All this may explain why I havent been able to for 3 years).

piprabbit Mon 14-Sep-09 09:45:02

lavenderkate, I hope your visit to your GP goes well and is useful.

I just wanted to let you know that I had undiagnosed endometriosis and had several, early miscarriages. I eventually had an ectopic, the endometriosis was found during the operation to remove the pregnancy. Further investigation showed that my tubes were damaged beyond use. So I decided to try IVF and now have my lovely DS.

I know that individual situations are very different and what was right for me way not be for you - but this is not something you have to simply tolerate, the medical profession should be able to help you in some way.

lavenderkate Mon 14-Sep-09 21:25:31

Piprabbit (great name by the way), sorry to hear about your experiences and very glad of your happy outcome.

The GP doesnt think its symptomatic of endometriosis.I am surprised.
It might be a one off occurrence. I will getting further tests soon when the bleeding has stopped.

Those of you with endometriosis, what treatment have you found helpful if at all?

piprabbit Mon 14-Sep-09 21:31:35

Thanks LK smile - glad that the GP is gi=oing to investigate with more tests, at least something is happening.

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