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AF problems

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sallystrawberry Sun 27-Mar-05 20:40:31

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mummytosteven Sun 27-Mar-05 20:42:14

you on any sort of hormonal contraception that can stuff your cycle up?

sounds like you might be low on iron if you are feeling that worn out during AF- might be worth you taking a multivit containing iron, and you could get also see if your GP can do a blood test to check your iron count.

sallystrawberry Sun 27-Mar-05 20:45:03

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mummytosteven Sun 27-Mar-05 20:47:44

it's annoying when that happens, isn't it. could you pester your GP for a gynae referral as it sounds like it's happening quite often.

have you been on pill before?

it would hopefully sort out periods but it could mask any underlying problems so IMHO better to see if you can find out what's going on before going on the pill

sallystrawberry Sun 27-Mar-05 20:49:37

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HelloMama Sun 27-Mar-05 20:51:22

If your AF is particularly long / painful, you could consider using a form of hormonal contraception, such as the pill, depo-injection, mirena coil. These would either make your period much lighter / shorter in length (the combined pill) or could even stop your periods altogether if you preferred that (injection / mirena coil). Sometimes periods are always a bit heavier the first few months after having a baby and normally settle after a while. Would prob be worth going to see your GP or family planning clinic to have a chat about your options if its really getting you down.

mummytosteven Sun 27-Mar-05 20:51:48

fibroids possibly? just thinking more from my mum's experience than me as she's had loads of tests/investigations the last few years re:heavy periods.

HelloMama Sun 27-Mar-05 20:54:11

Fibroids commonly give heavier periods. You could ask your GP to sort you a pelvic ultrasound to see if anything like that is happening.

sallystrawberry Sun 27-Mar-05 20:54:36

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HelloMama Sun 27-Mar-05 20:59:02

you need to take iron tablets continuously for a few months to get any real effect from them (i think its 3 months of iron supplements for every point below the normal haemoglobin level to get everything back to normal). So it would prob be worth taking a good general supplement anyway. Did your GP only check your iron levels or did he do other baseline hormone levels as well? If the heavy bleeding came about relatively suddenly it could be that you do have a small fibroid. I would also get your smear sorted if you are overdue. If you find your GP isn't helpful - go to family planning as they are specialists in these things!

sallystrawberry Sun 27-Mar-05 21:01:22

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