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Kez100 Wed 01-Jan-14 22:24:38

I had started to get heavier periods when in August last year they stopped. Four periods were missed and, being 47, realised the menopause was on its way. I did know I was likely to get another period at some point but what happens in the past six days has any my life into chaos. I only managed it because of Christmas and holiday season.

I have for four of the six days had flooding. I have been through 4 while packs of infinity sanitary pads, had to throw out 6 pairs of knickers and when everyone else was going to bed at 4 this morning, I moved in bed, realised what was happening and ended up in a tearful, awful mess, in the bathroom.

What can I do? If this happens next month, I have a short break with swimming booked and a premier inn visit too. I work for myself visiting clients. I am so worried. I had heard of this but never ever imagined it could be as bad as this.

Tonight, its still going, but I finally am not getting the cramps so I feel it may be getting under control at last. I do hope so as I am back to work tomorrow with a full diary of visits.

Any advice? Help!

Fugacity Wed 01-Jan-14 22:26:53

I sympathise.

I have two to three periods a year, and they are Niagara Falls.

I think it is a case of changing tampons and pads at every opportunity.

Reincarnatedpig Wed 01-Jan-14 22:30:09

I had this. I was referred to the hospital and had an ultrasound and biopsy (sounds horrible but only takes seconds). They didn't find anything so I was prescribed progesterone and told to take for the next year by which time I will hopefully be in menopause.

Go to your GP tomorrow and get a referral and see if they can prescribe something in the short term to reduce the bleeding. I suffered for a few years and then had such a massive flood I had to go to A & E.

Triumphoveradversity Wed 01-Jan-14 22:34:53

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

storynanny Wed 01-Jan-14 22:39:45

Sounds so familiar. I had to sleep on piles of old towels for the first few nights of my peri menopausal heavy periods. As someone else said, it might be shortlived, mine lasted about 2 years on and off and I always had to be very prepared when going out and about. Plus I'm a teacher and couldnt leave the classroom !
It will be such a relief for you when it is all over. But do check with doctor to see if you can take anything to help

Jaffacakesallround Thu 02-Jan-14 08:58:19

You need to go to your GP and if necessary ask to be referred to a gynae.

There'a a lot of help out there- from simple things like Ibuprofen ( which slows down the bleeding) to prescribed drugs, to the Mirena coil.

Don't suffer in silence!

summertimeandthelivingiseasy Thu 02-Jan-14 13:39:06

Have you tried the ibuprofen method - you need to take the full dose first thing, then every 4 hours.

(you also need your breakfast as you are not supposed to take it on an empty stomach.)

Some people have used incontinence knickers with their s.towel in bed.

I use a tampon and a towel together, as I do not flood but can go from light in the morning to heavy in the middle of the afternoon, without warning.

summertimeandthelivingiseasy Thu 02-Jan-14 13:41:13

Kez100 Thu 02-Jan-14 13:42:01

Thanks everyone. I will follow your advice and I have also made an appointment to see my GP in three weeks time (earliest I could get).

Storynanny I did think when I was feeling sorry for myself, how on earth would I cope if I were a teacher! There's nowhere to run.

I seem back to normal today. Well, it's not normal in that it is day seven and I was always about 4-5 days, but it is normal in terms of flow and the way I am feeling. Plus last night was OK and I managed to wake just the once, so I have got some decent sleep too.

Thanks again.

summertimeandthelivingiseasy Thu 02-Jan-14 13:46:09

Hope you get some help - there is a list of things that can be done in the link above.

I have had 3 periods in 28 days. It is getting a bit boring.

BananaNotPeelingWell Thu 02-Jan-14 13:46:22

I had thermal ablation for awful heavy periods. It certainly stopped them altogether, so I was delightedsmile (Only consider if you aren't planning any more pregnancies though as it destroys the lining of the uterus.)

NameoftheRose Thu 02-Jan-14 13:53:17

You have my sympathies. I am mid fifties & going through this. In December I had two periods with about three days break between. The second was so heavy I was going through a super super plus tampon & towel in less than 15 minutes. This happened when I was out & about in a city. At least I got new jeans and knickers out of it ( plus spare pants in case I needed them again before I got home).

My birth mother told me she was 60 when she went through the menopause. 60!!!!!

Just after Christmas I had norovirus with uncontrollable diarrhoea.

Right now I am eying my body with suspicion, it seems to have turned in me grin.

Reincarnatedpig Thu 02-Jan-14 14:13:15

Banana, I have been offered thermal ablation. I am currently taking progesterone and stopped bleeding altogether but told I should only take it for a year and then have thermal ablation if bleeding resumes.

The thought of it just makes me shudder. What was your experience and do you have to have a general anaesthetic?

booface Thu 02-Jan-14 14:16:51

You can buy tranexamic acid over the counter from pharmacy now. I took it for similar flooding and it is very effective and controlling the flow. The mirena coil also works v well and I use the nuvaring and periods now manageable. Hope some of those suggestions help. Maybe take some iron too if you have been bleeding a lot, good luck

BananaNotPeelingWell Thu 02-Jan-14 15:25:11

Well my experience of it was absolutely ok. Yes you do have a GA (it was the first and only time I'd ever had one, so I was nervous). I went in as a day patient first thing in the morning. The GA was fine, a bit like a funny dream confused. I dont think I was actually out for long. It didn't hurt. I came round, was a tiny bit sore/uncomfortable, where they'd prodded me around I guess, but nothing awful. Went home later that day and bounced back very quickly. I did have periods for a while afterwards on and off, but they were nowhere near as bad as before. Then after some months they stopped altogether and I haven't had a single one again and feel great. Had it done nearly 7 yrs ago now (when I was 42). Now creaking towards 49 (shock) and my horrible periods are a thing of the past. It really is something worth considering. I can well rememebr the misery of it domiinating everything from holidays to what I wore and having to go everywhere armed with supplies. Not to mention how tired I felt. (Sorry I've not put any paragraphs in this - I have a dodgy return key on my keboard!)

MrsAMerrick Thu 02-Jan-14 22:42:16

I have flooding during my periods, op and you just have to be very prepared. I also have a job out and about doing visits, you need to know which garages on A roads have loos! I sometimes need to change tampon and pad every 15 mins. As well as tampons and pads, I also wear incontinence knickers. Lillets recently brought out ultra tampons (orange box) which are a help.

I find the nights the worst as I usually need to get up every hour to change all my protection, and I get so tired after the first couple of nights. I sleep on towels and do a lot of washing of bedclothes!

My heavy periods are caused by fibroids and so ablation isnt an option for me, I have the choice of fibroid removal or hysterectomy.

Hope you find a solution soon.

Kez100 Fri 03-Jan-14 19:53:45

Thanks all. It's good to have all this advice and also to not feel alone. I have been so tired too from waking so much and then, last night, with the other floods (tidal water type) . Don't think I have slept properly now for 6 nights.

It's still going - day 8! Although far more under control now.

Shazzie1 Wed 15-Jan-14 15:34:44


I remember the terrible flooding I was getting a couple of years ago. After having all the tests which came back normal I was prescribed Tranexamic Acid which was a lifesaver for me. It really slows the bleeding down and you can now get it over the counter at Boots.


wundawoman Fri 17-Jan-14 07:52:15

Mirena coil fixed this problem for me. I was suffering from very heavy, unpredictable periods.

4 months after Mirena coil, no periods at all!! Brilliant!!

Kez100 Wed 05-Feb-14 22:03:45

Well, one month later, so no missed period this time but the flooding is just as bad.

I'm better prepared thanks to all of your help.

Wearing a pad, pants, incontinence pants and pants again (and carrying spares!). I have managed a day at work and meeting clients with plenty of toilet visits but I didn't feel it was out of control once. I also used the same last night, with a towel on the bed, and slept well and comfortably.

Now, will it be over for my spa break holiday (with pool!) this weekend? Never expected this when I booked it a year ago!

FirConesAtXmas Wed 05-Feb-14 22:40:13

Hope you a good have a good break.

Like banana I had the nova sure ablation 2 years ago and haven't had a single period since. If you are coping fine, then great, but if not, then do go back to the GP.

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