heavy periods help

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Hi,

Hope someone can help me. I'm 50 and would say I'm going through the menopause periods all over the place. Just had my first one since June but they are getting really heavy making my life hell.

I was told when I was young that I had Endometriosis and the pain I suffered each month was terrible. After I had my children it seemed to get better. But I've noticed that level of pain is coming back.

Is there anything I can do to ease the symptoms each time I have a period. And how long will this go on for I just want them to stop.

Thanks to everyone who reads this

Mandy.

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    At age 50, this might indicate that you are no longer producing normal levels of progesterone, as we often have anovulatory cycles.  However, I would caution you to be very careful with progesterone.  It is an anti estrogen.  I was put on progesterone with very low levels of estradiol and boy was it awful.  You have to have enough estrogen in you rbody to support progesterone.  So it might be a good idea to have your levels of tested (estradiol and progesterone) to see where you're sitting.  And then slowly add them back as necessary.  

    But the fact that you are having periods several months apart, indicates that you still have some level of estradiol.  I had this exact same pattern, as I got closer to actual menopause.    

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    HI Mandy

    Yes it was the same with me, never had the painfull Endometriosis luckily but heavy periods, constant bladder problems, felt so unwell, periods got heavier and gaps between got longer till in the end i went like two months without then they started to get lighter before they stopped all together. During the heavy stage i took agnus castus which helped a lot. I know it did interfere with my life and i couldnt leave the house on many occasions, had to use tampons and towels and outings were very brief too.  I can honestly say its wonderfull to be period free.

    Sue

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    I am 48 and about 2 years ago my periods became highly irregular (anything from 18 to 38 days, with one after 49 days). They also became very heavy. I work mainly from home so tried to make sure I was at home during my period. Had to put one of those bed wetting sheets on the bed due to the carnage I created at night. My doc recommended Ibuprophen (taken from the start of the period and then regularly during without missing a dose) which apparently reduces the flow - that helped a bit. There are other things that you take take that reduce the amount of bleeding: tranexamic acid; mefenamic acid (the former was prescribed for my daughter who recently started her periods and they are very heavy) - some people don't get on with these drugs, others do. Basically I just stuck it out and now they seem to be getting less heavy and are regular again (what's all that about! I feel like they are never going to stop!)
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    Hi Mandybabe - I had really heavy periods, that got worse and worse; my dr and the gynae just put it down to a fibroid.  I would just say this- not all gynaes are menopause trained and get yourself, asap to a menopause specialist gynae. My symptoms got better over night and I feel like a fog has lifted after 2 years of hell. Your GP can refer you.  All the best
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