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Painful, heavy periods - tried many things - advice tips anything welcome
This is on behalf of my 14 year old daughter. She hit puberty early (age 11) and has had hellish periods and mood swings. Last year she was put on the pill to help. She had to take them continually to stop periods altogether. She is now on her fourth type as each one seems to have varying side effects. The first made her eat more, put on weight, feel bad about it, lots of spots etc and she still had break through bleeds. Can't remember the effects of the second one. The last one I thought was doing the trick as she was really buoyant and full of life and energy but she said it didn't stop the bleeding so she is now on ethinylestradiol. She took it normally with a break but her period was horrendous, just as bad as before so was then told that it was ok to take it continually but the side effects are back to spots, constant eating, lethargy, real moodiness etc. I'm at a loss as to what to try next for her and I could cry for her. She's a great lass and deals with it admirably but it's just shit for her. Any ideas, experiences, herbal alternatives anything would be most welcome.
I would go back to the GP and tell this person that the treatment prescribed is not working.
She needs a diagnosis first and foremost.
She really needs to see a gynaecologist via her GP because endometriosis or PMDD ( Premenstrual dysphoric disorder) could well be possible causes here of your DDs menstrual problems; both can cause both heavy and painful bleeding. Herbal remedies will not help here if this is indeed the underlying cause.
In the meantime I would advise her to keep a daily pain and symptom diary noting down everything. This will help give the gynae clues.
Would she consider the contraceptive implant rather than the pill? I'm considerably older than your daughter but used to have horribly heavy, painful periods which no medication helped with. I got the implant for contraception rather than due to my periods, but it's stopped my cycle so I essentially have no periods at all (occasionally a bit of spotting) and, better still, no pain!
I had the first painless periods of my life once i followed this - basically untucking your pelvis. May not be relevant to your daughter but easy to check/do. nutritiousmovement.com/you-dont-know-squat/ Didnt make them any lighter though...
For pain I suffer with endometriosis and use a TENS machine I got in Superdrug for about £30 it is the only thing that helps. I wear it even at work (and unless my wires are trailing no one even knows it exists)
It definitely is worth investigating it took me 12 years of doctors and hospitals to be diagnosed with poly cystic ovaries and endometriosis.