Don't know if anyone can add to this......since having ds 3 years ago, my periods have gradually become more heavy and more frequent. They have always been heavy and painful, but I used to have a 26 day cycle, which I could cope with.
Now I have 8 days on, and 9 days off, before it starts all over again. Days 2 and 3 are particularly grim - lots of blood, clots (sorry if tmi), hard to control with super tampax and sanitary towels, have to sleep on a towel, that kind of thing.
Visited GP who agreed this was unliveable with. She suggested Mirena or mini-pill. (Don't want to do combined pill or Depo because am still trying to lose a stone and a half since having ds).
Have since googled mini-pill and discovered that it isn't recommended for anyone who has had ovarian cysts (I had a dermoid cyst and a couple of normal ones removed 13 years ago.)
So am left with Mirena. What if it doesn't work? And why the hell is my cycle so short?
If anyone has been through similar would like to hear their experiences please.
Would agree with EldonAve - ask for an urgent referral to a gynaecologist.
Mirena coil etc will only address the symptoms; it is definately in your interests to find out what the CAUSE is. You certainly should not have to put up with this. Both fibroids and endometriosis can cause such bleeding (and with endo pain is a feature as well) to arise.
Just wiki'd endometriosis, as I know nothing about it -
nausea, vomiting, fainting, dizzy spells, vertigo or diarrheaparticularly just prior to or during the period or after frequent or constant menses flow chronic fatigue heavy or long uncontrolable menstrual periods with small or large blood clots some women may also suffer mood swings extreme pain in legs and thighs Back pain extreme pain from frequent ovarian cysts Pain from adhesions which may bind an ovary to the side of the pelvic wall, or they may extend between the bladder and the bowel,uterus, etc extreme pain with or without the presence of menses mild to severe constipation frequent uti's urgent diarrhea difficulty carrying out normal day to day tasks incontinence anemia