Got a question about periods?

Got a question about periods?

SexyySarah SexyySarah
So, I started and stopped BC pills when my cycle first started. I started on the 3rd and also started the pill the same day, it was making me so sick I stopped the pills and only took 3 of them. Now, I'm going on what like day 10 of bleeding? I went to the ER cause I had been bleeding so heavily that that is where my OB's office told me I had to go, that they couldn't see me because I was bleeding and I could need a transfusion!!! So, I went cause they scared the crap out of me!! Anyways, I almost fainted on the drive there, but once I got there all they did was a pelvic, blood test and urine test! Are you kidding me? I paid $200 co pay for an ER visit, for which they could have done the exact same thing in the office for more than half the price? From now on I am totally bi-passing the nurse line and just making an appointment. Cause if I needed a transfusion, at least they could have sent me over there afterward and I would have been admitted and my co-pay would have been waived! Seriously, I hate nurses sometimes!

Anyways, sorry about the rant, but my question is, would you schedule an appointment with your OB/GYN now? I'm still bleeding, it has slowed, and all they told me at the ER was to just wait it out! I feel like crap, been dizzy and lightheaded and just plain sick. I'm sleeping all the time and when I do wake up I want to go right back to bed!

Just a little background about me, I have two kids, and I'm still breastfeeding my baby, and I've had 4 post pardom (sp?) periods, all of which have been very heavy! I've had my blood work done twice now and both times I have been fine. I was anemic when I was pregnant with both kids, but now I'm fine. What should I do? Am I fine, am I overreacting? It's like no one can tell me why I'm bleeding so much or how to stop it. Will I always bleed this heavy? If so, I'm gonna get a hysterectomy earlier than expected!

Thanks for reading, I know it was long!
08/12/2010
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Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
You may be becoming anemic because of the blood loss which happens to people with severe fibroids, endometriosis, or unfortunate situations like this - that would explain the extreme tiredness and lightheadedness. Although it is a serious issue, my doctor has treated it in me with iron supplements because it's been a slight and temporary case.

I have had the long-term bleeding happen because I didn't take my pills on schedule and I have also gone 2.5 months without a period because I stopped a pack midway through as well. My doctor explained that I had more or less confused my body by starting a cyclical hormone and not finishing it and that since it was a rare occurrence in me rather than a constant happening, it wasn't particularly dangerous beyond the slight anemia.

What I do find odd is that your doctor wouldn't see you because you were bleeding? I've had several exams in-office for both incessant bleeding and to even ultrasounds to peek at a swelling ovarian cyst while bleeding and from what I could tell, it was near routine for the doctors and nurses. An annual exam and pap smear shouldn't be done under these conditions, but they can certainly still examine you when there's a problem.

When I had stopped bleeding, my doctor prescribed a drug to cause my period to start but he told me to give my body one more week to start on its own before starting them and thankfully it did start before that. When I couldn't stop bleeding, he left it untreated but continually tested my blood to be sure my iron levels were high enough, and examined me just to make sure nothing else was going on. It did, unfortunately, take about 3 weeks to stop.

I'm not a medical professional, this is all simply based on personal experience. If I were in your shoes, I would find a new doctor, and once this issue is resolved, would bring up the fact that your cycle has changed since childbirth...they may be able to prescribe a different birth control pill that will be more effective in regulating you, but without side effects.

Good luck!
08/12/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
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Originally posted by SexyySarah
So, I started and stopped BC pills when my cycle first started. I started on the 3rd and also started the pill the same day, it was making me so sick I stopped the pills and only took 3 of them. Now, I'm going on what like day 10 of bleeding? I ...
Oh, and it sounds like the nurse in that office is being super conservative - usually because of liability reasons. My mom is the only person I've ever known to need iron transfusions in her blood and it was because of an insanely severe fibroid situation, and her iron level was so low that the doctors told her she shouldn't have been able to get up and function at all (and yet the trooper she is, was still working as a massage therapist full time!!!). It really does seem like a bit of an overreaction on her part.
08/12/2010
SexyySarah SexyySarah
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Originally posted by Tori Rebel
Oh, and it sounds like the nurse in that office is being super conservative - usually because of liability reasons. My mom is the only person I've ever known to need iron transfusions in her blood and it was because of an insanely severe fibroid ...
Well that's what I thought, she totally had me scared out of my mind, but she said because I was bleeding through a super plus tampon every 1-2 hours for 9 days straight it is their procedure to send all patients to the ER. As for my doctor, I absolutely love him, it's just the nurses in his office(especially when I don't get his nurse, who I love and she always takes care of me) which I talked to a nurse practitioners nurse, so I was irritated by that. It just sucks that you can't talk to the actual doctor!!! I really do hate dealing with nurses! Especially when they really don't know you as a patient. They shouldn't let nurses deal with patients that they don't deal with on a regular basis. This happened to be once before when I miscarried and my doctor was furious with his nurses, and since has fired one. And now every time I call (most of the time) they know who I am and make sure I get the right information, but I can tell you now, that he will be getting an ear full when I visit him again.

As for endometriosis, I don't think I have that, the only thing the ER doctor said was my left ovary was tender and he didn't really know why, nor did he seem concerned. Another reason I hate going to an ER doctor who know little about OB/GYN issues! I just wish I had just made an appointment with my doc!
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