Heavy non stop periods

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im 51 and last month started a heavy period which hasn't stopped. My GP prescribed pills that have slowed but not stopped it. I'm now due to have blood tests and then an examination. I don't feel dizzy or weak, other than the nuisance of bleeding I feel completely fine. My GP has freaked me out by saying cancer of the womb is a consideration. 

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    Hi Chris 

    i had similar in peri, my peri began aged 40-41 i bled for 21 months, without a break, i maybe got two days break of spotting if lucky, 3 faints ...

    It vared from heavy, normal, light, spotting, i too had a scan and all was fine, so keep positive. Months Later i then had follicular cysts grow the size of small oranges as then the periods stopped for a while, but these did disperse the next time i had a proper period.. 

    previous to starting the 21 months bleeding i had a depo provera contraception injection many months before though, and then all weird things seemed to happen. I was also peri too .. 

    Try to keep positive its good you are having bloods and an examination..

    peri can be a tricky time with all the hormonal erractic ness going on.

    I had a 10 year natural peri with supplements and vits i am age 50 now post meno and all was fine at last Gyno check last august .. 

    Big higs hun

    jay x

     

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    Why are these GP's so out of of touch, they seem to lack gynaecological experience!

    I believe that many of us who are suffering with these menopausal/perimenopausal problems should have been referred to a more knowledgeable gynaecologist straight away, please try not to worry Chris as this may have made you even more anxious and it could well be all OK.

                                                         Mrs M

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      Hi Mrs Merm

      GP is exactly that .. general practitioner, they havent a clue about menopause or gyno..

      so many get there medicine book out just to give you medication for other things.... 

      gyno always best ..

      jay xx

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    Hi Chris,

    My experience hasn't been as bad as yours, but last year(I'm almost 54 now) I went to my GP and complained of periods which lasted for 3 weeks at a time and were 'flooding'.  She said it happened to lots of women, and it was probably the last hurah....well it wasn't and has been continuing for another year, though lately they have passed the baton to hot flushes instead(periods now back to 'normal' but still in evidence), so maybe some progress there.  I wouldn't bother to go back to her... she gave me a prescription for something which was supposed to help with the flooding, but when I looked it up on the internet it said contra-indicated in people with a history of DVT, which I am!  I didn't take it.  I have though started a lot of supplements as recommended by others on this group as in Menapol Plus, Ginkgo, Kelp and Vit C so am waiting to see if that helps my joint pain, hair loss, lethargy et al.....I haven't posted much, but would like to take this opportunity to say how helpful this group has been with suggestions and just plain support for all and sundry.

    Allison

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      Hi Allison, thanks for replying. Did your GP mention cancer? Is this something they automatically check for in situations like ours do you think? I was just taken aback when she said blood test for menopause or thyroid or womb cancer. It seems very extreme
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      Hi Chris,

      No, my GP offered no alternatives at all.  I have to admit, I don't know what is normal here as I am an Australian living in the UK and have only been here for 3 years - before that I was 9 years in France, where they probably would have prescribed me a million things including some relaxation therapy and a referral to a specialist, going by treatment I had there for other conditions!  I get the definite feeling that the Menopause is an underestimated condition, because it is considered a natural part of life so something to just be tolerated.  Brings to mind the old 'joke' about 'If men were the ones who had to have babies, they would have found a cure for it!!'.  Likewise, the vast majority of the medical population are men who have no idea at all of the effects and consequences of Menopause on women's lives.  My husband says that his grandfather used to say that his wife's menopause caused him 7 years of hell - and she was a sweet, adorable woman, according to my husband!  Going into all this, I can't beieve just how far reaching the effects of the menopause are.

      I wonder if there is a sequence of events to expect, or do they come at different times for different people?  I did an internet seach and found nothing, so maybe it is random..ie do the hot flushes come at the end, the middle, the beginning etc? Hoping its at the end!!!

      Allison

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      109 mg B6 daily or a Mega B 100 time release or Busy B from holland and barret.. These contain 100mg B6 ..

      Everyone needs B-vitamins for good health.

      Without them we can suffer from a variety of serious ailments.

      For a woman going through perimenopause, B-vitamins can be essential for effectively managing symptoms.   

      Adrenal fatigue, for example, is a common secondary condition for many women going through perimenopause.

      B-vitamins support healthy adrenal function, along with calming and maintaining a healthy nervous system.

      Many women also suffer with mood swings during perimenopause. Both B12 and B6 vitamins aid in the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, a key brain chemical needed to stabilize moods and promote feelings of wellness and contentment.

      For women who suffer with brain fog, and memory issues in perimenopause, low levels of B6 could be part of the problem.

      Depression, confusion, and an inability to concentrate are all associated with B6 deficiency.

      Vertigo, dizziness, and heart palpitations are also common complaints from women going through perimenopause.

      All of these symptoms have been associated with (among other things) a B12 deficiency.

      Vitamin B6 can also help with stubborn weight gain in perimenopause.

      It is key in the breakdown and utilization of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in our diet, and is necessary for a healthy metabolism - both which can help manage weight.

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      Hi Jayneejay,

      I thought I was gettting my B6 in the Menapol plus, but having checked I see that is not so.  I buy B6 for my son as it helps his acne...will have to steal some off him.  Probably way more than I need, as I think they are 500mg tabs.  In just a week it seems my hot flushes have reduced, but I don't know if that is a placebo effect or not.  Time will tell.

      As you seem to be up on all this stuff, I'm surprised that we need to supplement our diet with so many things - I eat a really healthy diet (well OK, except for the alcohol which is my only vice) so I wonder why that isn't enough.

      Thanks once again for all the great information.

      Allison

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    Thank you all for replying to my post, I really appreciate it x
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