This topic contains 17 replies, has 17 voices, and was last updated by MrsPaws November 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm.

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  • #268702

    I’ve been dealing with menstrual problems since I was in high school. I’m 25 now. I’ve had heavy flows and terrible cramps. My periods are VERY irregular. I’ve tried everything!! I’ve been put on 4 different birth control pills to try to help but they don’t and some even made it worse. I don’t know what else to do. I don’t know how much longer I can take the pain. They are so bad sometimes that I can’t move. I’ve had to miss work several times. I’ve tried all the meds, hot baths, heating pads and so on. I’ve talked to my Gynecologist and he doesn’t seem to be too concerned right now. However I am.

    Has anyone had similar problems?? What do you do for the cramps?

    THANKS in advance!!

  • #408093

    It sound to me like you need to get a second opinion from another OB/GYN.
    At your age that sounds serious. You may have cysts on your ovaries.

  • #408112

    sound to me like you need to get a second opinion from another OB/GYN.

    I’ll have to agree here saunders97, getting that second opinion could do you a world of good..

  • #408128

    I would definately go to another OB/GYN. I’m very similiar to you…had irregular menstrual cycles from a VERY early age and when I did get them, they were painful and extrremely heavy.
    For the most part, I didn’t do much about it until I tried getting pregnant. Birth control pills did help to regulate but once again, I tried getting pregnant. I also used something called Provera, not the same as DEPO-Provera, to get a period.
    Anyway, you could have PCOS (Polysystic Ovarian Syndrome). It can be difficult to diagnose. The only way I was diagnosed was when I went to an infertility speicalist. Most docs I saw were “suspecting” that I had PCOS but the actual diagnosis came from my infertility doc when he did a laprascopy. It’s not life threatening but can cause complications when you are trying to get pregnant. There’s no cure but can be managed through various drugs and lifestyle changes. When you want to become pregnant, there are drugs that can help if you’re not ovulating (a BIG factor with PCOS is that most women with PCOS DO NOT ovulate). No 2 women are alike either when it comes to symptoms or management. I have a friend who also has PCOS and we are similiar with some symptoms but she has symptoms that I don’t and vice versa. You can do some research and get some idea on symptoms or feel free to contact me but DEFINATELY see another OB/GYN.

    Michelle

  • #408132

    I have had a heavy flow from a young age too. I used to miss a day of high school each month and I was even on the pill to try to regulate the periods. My problem is ovarian cysts that can be huge like an orange but disappear on their own after about a week so the doctors have never had to do surgery or anything.

    I would definitely go see another doc just to rule out anything the other might not have thought of.

  • #408159

    I also had problems, and the doctor that I had told me that it was in my head. I went and found another doctor and just in time too. It’s a long story, but I was told that if I wanted to have kids he could help me. And he did, one year after having my second son I had to have everything taken out. So don’t wait, go find another doctor. Ask family or co-workers, see who they go to, find out who is highly recommended in your area. It well be well worth it, I’m glad that I did.

  • #408189

    Thanks for all the replies!!! I will definitely go see another Dr. I have to do something. It just seems to get worse and worse.

  • #408197

    I started at 8-9 and they have been horrible all my life – the best thing to happen for me was going into menopause at 25 (even though it took 3 years before the Dr admitted yep you are in menopause)

    DRUGS .. I swear I couldn’t function without them. Since they went anywhere from 1 day to 16 days and the whole time I couldn’t stand straight it was a necessity to have something for the pain.

    BTW my mom used to say I was being a baby, sissy etc .. I bent a nail in half with hands because a contraction hit at that point. When I had Jake (BTW he is a menopause baby) in late 30’s my contractions during back labor & pit were not any more painful than my reg cramps – in fact in some ways it hurt less cause they were regular and quit/slowed down (10 min contractions with 1 min in between)

    Ria

  • #408241

    I started my period late (16) but had similar problems. I had cysts that would rupture and cause pelvic inflammatory disease. My cysts were actually triggered by the birth control that I was on.

    I stayed off of birth control until a year and a half ago. Then my doctor gave me Yaz, which because of the different hormones, worked for me. The only complication that I had with it was a period that wouldn’t stop. It was extremely heavy with large sized clots for 23 days. They prescribed all kinds of things and finally got it to stop. I went back on Yaz and I’ve had no problems since.

    Because I’ve had so many issues, I go the a reproductive specialist. I pay more, but he knows me by name and can handle any weird problem my body throws at him. Check with another doctor, and if you can’t get help, go to a third. I went through 5 OB/GYNs before I found this guy. It is very important to find a doctor that will listen to your concerns and try to help, instead of just writing a prescription or telling you that it is in your head.

    Ask about PPMD, that may be influencing your cramping/flow.

    Shannon

  • #408250

    My doctor prescribed me pain meds (slightly stronger than Midol) that I used to use only the first few days when the pain was so bad. But then the pill ended up making them go away for me. Have you ever though about taking the pill non-stop (skipping the whites/placebo)? Alot of people are doing this now where you don’t get a period at all. You can discuss it with your doctor. There are also others like Seasonique(?) where you get your period only 4 times a year!

  • #408254

    I never had much problem until I started menopause, now I get bad cramps and large clots. I’m coming up on 50 and hope it ends soon. Good luck with finding a new Dr.
    Sue

  • #408302

    I started off with irregular very heavy flows and very severe cramps. It ended up being my uterus was twisted and turned the wrong way and had other problems with it. It improved somewhat after I finally got and stayed pregnant (age31) Eventually in my 40’s it got much worse and ended up getting so bad I went through an emergency hysterectomy. Definitely get a doctor who will run tests and find out what the problem is! So many don’t care enough to find the answers!

  • #408744

    I used to get really bad cramps and nausea around my period- When I went on yaz it helped them go down drastically… When I was younger I used to be a lot more active before I bled and that helped reduce my cramps also.

  • #408905

    Hi All,
    I agree with the above with one addition. Also have yourself checked for endometiosis (ob/gyn) and Von Willebrand’s Dx (hematologist).

  • #416637

    I have had severe cramps since I was 13 I am now 37 and finally I told my doc that if she doesn’t start doing something I am going to get a second opinion. I went to a different doc and had a hystorectamy (S) I don’t go back to the first doctor anymore who I had seen most of my life. It’s not for everyone especially if you want to have kids But for me I was either going to retire early because I had missed so much work or lay in bed and be miserable for the rest of my life. good luck

  • #416639

    When a woman gets older the lining of the uterus can thicken, causing heavier periods and clotting for some women. It can be treated with the pill or hormones (for those that can tolerate hormones), endometrial ablation, or hysterectomy. There may be some other options too.

    Definitely worth a second opinion if you’re not getting answers. I often think that many Dr.’s don’t understand how bad it can be for some women. It is really up to the patient to “let them know!”

    Good luck!

  • #418606

    i was 25 when i was finally diagnosed with endometriosis. Im glad to hear you were going to see another dr. you dont have to live with the pain. it took a while to find a bc pill that was effective in pain management.

    i probably tried at least 10. now i take it constantly without the placibo. keep looking until you find answers you are satisfied with!!!!

  • #435003

    Just wanted to say to be very careful with using bc to control pms, pmdd, and other menstrual problems. i was on apri for a couple of years and seemed to be doing fine, but then i had minor toe surgery back in april and developed a deep vein thrombosis (blood clot) in my left thigh. my chances of getting a blood clot from the surgery were 0.001%, but the added component of being on bc at the time of surgery apparently raised my chances. now i’m on warfarin and can never go on bc again – but i have pmdd and even as i write this reply, i am battling depression and anxiety.

    anyway, sorry, didn’t mean to hijack the thread and make this all about me, but i want to warn women away from bc if another solution can be found.

    have you tried any homeopathic remedies for your cramping and bleeding? just be sure to consult a professional before taking anything.

    ~caeldi~

  • #435017

    @caeldi 257260 wrote:

    Just be sure to consult a professional before taking anything.~Caeldi~

    I second, third, and fourth that advice.
    And yes, this comes from the ‘been there, and done that’ syndrome.

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