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By July 3, 2010 - 5:09am
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I have had to have two weeks off work due to an agonising period, I have had a similar one nearly a year ago, but this was worse, the clots were like liver and were the size of a lambs kidney. I have done a pregnancy test, been to gp. Not been on hrt and I'm nearly 54, please help me.

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Hi Gloria,
So sorry you're having to endure these horrible periods. No fun. Why are you missing work? Is it because of excessive cramping? What did your GP tell you? What does the doctor think is going on with the tissue you are passing? Does he/she think it is anything to be concerned of? What medications are you taking to try and deal with the symptoms? Did the doctor suggest anything else to try and help deal with it?
If you're unsatisfied with what happened at the GP's office, are confused, or don't remember, etc. you may want to call back and ask the nurse for help.
Here's a link to the EmpowHer Menstrual Cycle page: http://www.empowher.com/condition/menstrual-cycle/news
And also some additional information from MedlinePlus, particularly at what point you should return to the doctor or urgent care for help: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003263.htm
Good luck, and tell us how you're doing.

July 3, 2010 - 6:25am
(reply to Christine Jeffries)

Hi Christine, thank you for taking the time to reply, this can only be reassuring. I am an EMT for the Ambulance service and have so little energy I really am no use to my crew mate, plus the 'yuky' side of having to change, what seems like half an hour. It came from me to my GP, not to prescribe anything at this stage, if I have another next month, then I will have no choice. I'm a bit nervous of HRT as there are so many cancers in the family. Once again thanks for your comment.

July 3, 2010 - 9:57am
(reply to gloria street)

Hi Gloria

This is a common issue during perimenopause, and you can end up pretty anemic. I personally had these issues for several years, and ended up having an endometrial ablation about 1.5 years ago. My quality of life since then is sooo much better! I recommend seeing a gynecologist who actually cares about menopausal women, because honestly, they are not all interested in us, and discussing your options. The ablation did the trick for me. I'm no longer anemic, my periods are very light and short, and I have not needed any hormonal or other treatment.

I just cannot recommend this highly enough. I was laid up for about 2 days, it was not painful, it was outpatient, and it is no exaggeration to say it changed my life. If you want further details, let me know. Good luck.

July 3, 2010 - 10:07am
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