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Perimenopause or? D&C or hysterectomy or?

By Anonymous January 26, 2014 - 8:35pm
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I am 46, soon to be 47, and I am not sure if I am going through perimenopause or if I am just having symptoms due to excess build up of blood lining my uterus. I started my menstrual cycle a week earlier than expected in the middle of December, and it continued non-stop for 5 weeks. Having met with an OB/GYN twice over the past two weeks, and I'm still not sure. I even ended up at ER for excessive blood flow a week and a half ago. An ultrasound showed the excess lining of blood. The OB/GYN put me on Aygestin, to stop the blood flow (though it took a higher dose and more doses than she expected it would), and then she did an endometrial biopsy - which was EXCRUCIATINGLY painful and came back with negative results (results for which I am truly grateful!).

So how do I tell if this is due to perimenopause or something else? And either way, I've been told that I will need another procedure, from a D&C to a hysterectomy and that I can talk with another doctor about all the options. What are the side effects of each? Why would I want one over the other? Are there any reasons to avoid a hysterectomy? What other options are there? Someone mentioned a hysteroscopy, but I am not sure how that differs from the other procedures.
And how do I go through this without stressing?

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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  It's important to discuss with your doctor the options you might have in regards to a hysterectomy or any other procedure.  It all depends on your medical history and any test results. For many woman early symptoms of peri menopause is changes on their periods along with symptoms of hot flashes, breast tenderness, decreased libido, fatigue, mood swings and many other. Hope this was helpful?



January 27, 2014 - 5:58am
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