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i have had a period for a month

By August 28, 2010 - 4:05pm
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i am 53. i started to have heavy long periods when i was 38. i have been on low dose birth control since . i had it down to 1/4 of a pill for a long time, all fine. every time i try to get off pills it starts back up in a month or so after stopping pill. tried 3 or 4 times in past.. i did have a ultrasound and have fibroids and a ovarian cyst this was 3-4 years ago. my doc. ( P.A.) says i have to get off the bc pill to go thru menopause. i can not handle the bleeding with my job and lifestyle. i am out in the car running to other peoples homes all day and sometimes to not have acsses to the home. also i'm up all nite dealing with "overflow". this sucks !! can i just be on the pill for the rest of my life ? i have insurance but 10,000 deductible so an operation will be a last resort and will bankrupt me.

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You mentioned that you have ovarian cyst and fibroids, probably what are causing your heavy bleeding. This ultrasound was 3-4 years ago, and I am wondering if you have been back to the doctor for a follow-up? These conditions could be treated, could help prevent your heavy bleeding, and you could go through menopause naturally.

Do you have a gynecologist? Even if these treatments are not covered by your insurance fully, you may be able to qualify for a "self-pay" discount that can be from 20%-50% reduced rate for treatments not covered by insurance. Just another possible option for you. In the meantime, you will need to talk to a gynecologist about your specific condition, as you may need treatment for your fibroids and cyst(s) in order to reduce your heavy bleeding.

August 29, 2010 - 10:28am
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