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Hayellen, I really feel for you. A couple of years ago when I was about 41, my periods were nightmares with really heavy bleeding to the point where I would wake up in the middle of the night and think I was hemorrhaging. It turned out I was simply in the throes of perimenopause and my hormones were out of whack. This is so common. I was given a few options by my gynecologist, including going on the birth control pill, having an ablation, or having a hysterectomy. I chose the pill since it was the most conservative way to go, to see if that had any effect. Sure enough, like magic, after only a month, my periods shortened and the heavy bleeding went away. I felt like I was a teenager again. I've continued with the pill (Yaz), and absolutely love it. My hormones are stabilized and my mood swings are non-existent. I've heard that a lot of perimenopausal women go on the pill to get through these years until menopause.

In any case, if your doctor brings up hysterectomy, I'd look into checking your hormone levels first, as they most likely are the root of the problem. I always believe in getting to the root of the problem instead of just dealing with the symptoms, which sometimes doesn't fly well with those doctors who are more accustomed to simply making the symptoms go away, but it makes more sense in the long run.

January 26, 2009 - 10:09am


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