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My periods as I get older

By Anonymous November 29, 2016 - 9:41am
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I am 47 years old and over the last 2 years, my periods have become more and more intense! The heavy flow is unreal, the blood clots that come with it, the pain is almost unbearable, and most importantly, my mental/emotional state! I feel like I am going crazy once a month! My poor husband cant take much more! I am a mess! My doctor sent me for tests including a test for pre-menopausal but as of yet nothing seems to be wrong medically. I have tried off the shelf meds such as midol and prescription meds for PMS and anxiety, but nothing seems to help.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. I am glad you reached out to our community with your concern.

I can understand your physician's first thought being perimenopause. As hormone levels fluctuate, a woman will see changes in her menstrual cycle.

Have you ever been diagnosed with uterine fibroids? A pelvic ultrasound might be helpful.

Fibroids are muscular tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus (womb). Another medical term for fibroids is "leiomyoma" (leye-oh-meye-OH-muh) or just "myoma". Fibroids are almost always benign (not cancerous). Fibroids can grow as a single tumor, or there can be many of them in the uterus. They can be as small as an apple seed or as big as a grapefruit. In unusual cases they can become very large.

Heavy bleeding ,which can be heavy enough to cause anemia, or painful periods are symptoms.

Keep in touch,

November 29, 2016 - 9:53am
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