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anyone else with horrendous periods and praying for the menopause??

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elephantcustard Tue 14-Jun-16 21:58:48

I've been having periods for 28 years and I've blooming had enough! Out of four week cycle about 2.5 is consumed by agonising cramps ( I can compare it to early labourhmmafter 3 kids) I have never been able to control blood flow (sorry) despite using tampons and pads.... If I sit down the blood seems to collect and then there's a flood (really sorry now) and my breasts are heavy hot and agony...slightest brush past is like a punch....never mind the mood swings and the ravenous hunger....I absolutely dread it...I have about a week of feeling normal, I'm only 40 so probably have a way to go before menopause....I want my ovaries to shrivel and give me a f**king break...anyone else?

elephantoverthehill Tue 14-Jun-16 22:02:42

From one Elephant to another. It was pretty horrible in terms of periods and mood swings, however I never seemed bad enough for GP to offer me HRT. I'm out the other side now and although I seem to have far less energy life is a lot calmer.

elephantcustard Tue 14-Jun-16 22:07:19


elephantcustard Tue 14-Jun-16 22:09:14

How long was your menopause? I wonder if there is any correlation between when one starts and then tails off....come on body, give it up!

TheWizardOfOs Tue 14-Jun-16 22:13:47

I cannot bloody wait.

27 years (so far) of 3 week cycles. Painful ovulating. Agony period pains. Allergic to the good drugs. Not even stopped by bloody breastfeeding. You name it - I've bloody tried it.

Costacoffeeplease Tue 14-Jun-16 22:16:39

I felt like this - my periods started when I just turned 10 and I don't have any kids, so I'd had a looooot of periods. Fortunately I was diagnosed with massive fibroids and had a radical hysterectomy almost 4 years ago. One of the best things I've done grin

elephantoverthehill Tue 14-Jun-16 22:20:45

Sorry to say at least 3 years. The periods were the worst bit, rather like bleeding after giving birth, but without the soreness, just having to check quite often that I hadn't leaked. The hot flushes only went on for about 6 months. The mood swings were just like inflated PMT.

Stopyourhavering Tue 14-Jun-16 22:22:27

radical hysterectomy aged 44 after 3 kids ( and 3 mc)...periods stated at 12 and painful from the start...only relieved by combined pill, then pregnancy and breastfeeding...fibroids and endometriosis were the devil....since the hysterectomy and menopause I can live my life again ( with the help of HRT!)

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Tue 14-Jun-16 22:30:12

I used to and then had an endometrial ablation. Hardly have periods now, no bad cramps. Changed my life. Ask your gP about it.

elephantcustard Tue 14-Jun-16 22:31:28

Yep bf made no difference for me either....
I don't take anything, occasional multivitamin to top up my iron and I'm not on a contraceptive...tried depo after Dc1....not a good reaction and I'm too dizzy to remember to take a pill everyday
I'm just pissed off as at the end of a week of sore breasts and cravings and the cramps will kick in soon with the sleepless hot nights worrying about the bedsheets shock

AverysillyoldHector Tue 14-Jun-16 22:31:33

Me too. Until my Mirena. Now I cant remember what a period is like.

LunaLoveg00d Tue 14-Jun-16 22:32:40

Ladies you do not have to put up with this.

I was the same, I lost so much blood it made me ill. Mirena has worked for me, but there are other options too. Please go to see your GPs, ask for a referral to a gynaecologist and discuss your options.

elephantcustard Tue 14-Jun-16 22:33:24

I've read there can be an adverse reaction to cool and have heavier periods? Did you have a settling in period before it all went well or did it work straight away for you?

elephantcustard Tue 14-Jun-16 22:33:52

To the coil...

dementedma Tue 14-Jun-16 22:35:03

Mine had tailed off but the hot flushes were ruining my life so went on to HRT which meant a monthly bleed again. Hot flushes have stopped and periods are lighter though. Been having periods for nearly 40 years now! High time they stopped!

LunaLoveg00d Tue 14-Jun-16 22:35:41

Mirena doesn't work for everyone, just as the contraceptive pill or implant doesn't suit everyone. Insertion isn't pleasant, you get cramps for a few days and irregular bleeding, but once it settles down its very effective.

If you try it and don't get on with it, it's easily removed. Definitely worth a try.

AMomentaryLapseOfReason Tue 14-Jun-16 22:38:11

Mirena was six months of bleeding for me, followed by a couple of weeks off, followed by another four months of bleeding. Bastard. Removal of the massive uterus-filling fibroid that was the actual cause of ten-day long, 40 lillet ultra per month periods, plus ablation, has brought them to what I believe is considered normal. And I still hate the bastards. Roll on menopause.

LunaLoveg00d Tue 14-Jun-16 22:38:47

My experience with Mirena - spotting for a few days although very light, and noticeably lighter periods right away. (although not to a predictable pattern for the first 6 to 9 months). Now I buy "regular" tampons rather than the super ultra maxi plus ones I used to wear, and needed a pad too.

The only slight problem is that the strings which are supposed to hang down through my cervix have disappeared - the Mirena is still in place, but not in the exactly correct position. Just means getting it out might be a bit harder. We're not relying on it for contraception so the exact position doesn't matter.

playinthedarkness Tue 14-Jun-16 22:46:32

I'm 40 5 kids and have suffered for yrs, am going in hospital next Tuesday for ablation- so happy just hope it works,anyone tell me recovery time roughly pls

Ladybird08 Tue 14-Jun-16 23:12:29

Suffered with heavy periods since age 10. Finally had the mirena name coil fitted (after saying no for a few years as I didn't like the thought of something inside me).
It's been a God send. I did bleed really heavy for about a month, went back to see GP who gave noristerine (?) Which stopped the bleeding then stopped that and bled again for 3 weeks, back on meds. Bleeding stopped. Off meds. Normal period and now nothing for o error 6 months. Happy days.

DramaAlpaca Tue 14-Jun-16 23:16:14

I'd echo what others have said about the mirena. My periods went haywire in my early 40s & were making my life a misery. My GP suggested the mirena & it's changed my life. I haven't had a period in years now.

PHeadPH Tue 14-Jun-16 23:31:43

I've been having periods for 39 years and I'm bored of them now. I've bled on two different skirts today blush. I take tranexamic acid which work well but they make me feel a bit nauseous. 😢😢😢

Heavens2Betsy Tue 14-Jun-16 23:54:52

The mirena gave me hideous mood swings.
The normal coil have me super heavy periods and agonising cramps
I can't have HRT because of family history of breast cancer
So I'm just putting up with it all.
It's shite

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