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Posted: 4/17/2014 6:06:02 PM
If you are queasy about period talk, here's your warning...

if you soak through a "super" tampon in 1/2 hour the second day of your cycle,or you're up multiple times during the night, is that normal the first three days?

Friends have had ablations. I had a tubal. I have monthly cycles, but 2-3 days I have to change items every hour to every half hour. GYN isn't worried.

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Posted: 4/17/2014 6:17:01 PM
On the second and third day of my period, I soak through a super plus tampon and fill an overnight pad every 45 minutes. This has been going on for years, and I have been continually dismissed by doctors. I have a new PCM. I went in for an annual check up and he ordered blood work. My iron came back dangerously low...to the point that he was ready to admit me and order a blood transfusion. Once we discussed my periods, he prescribed iron supplements and sent me to Women's Health. I am now scheduled for a pelvic ultrasound and an endometrial biopsy. I will then meet with my GYN to discuss an ablation and a hysterectomy. Even if you don't have any procedure done, you are likely anemic. I have been taking 3 iron pills a day for 10 days, and I cannot believe how much better I feel.

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Posted: 4/17/2014 6:21:48 PM
I am not anemic. (blood work checked) I use a super/super plus to bed and soak through every 2-3 hours at night and change every 90 minutes at work. So 4-5 tampons at work the first 2-3 days.

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Posted: 4/17/2014 6:26:28 PM
Okay, then...for me, very heavy periods are normal. From talking with my friends, heavy periods are normal, but mine are crazily heavy. I lose 2 days of my life every month, as it is very difficult to leave the house, so I am very excited about having an ablation or hysterectomy.

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Posted: 4/17/2014 6:26:59 PM
No, that is not normal. If your periods are so heavy that you need to attend to it every half hour so you don't have an accident and your gyn thinks it's ok, you need to find a new doctor.

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Posted: 4/17/2014 6:28:46 PM
She delivered my kids, dealt with my fibroids, etc. I have blood work done and always within normal hemocrit. But I wake up ever 2 hours to take care of business. Day 1 is fine. 2, 3, 4 are horrible. 5 and 6 non issues.


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Posted: 4/17/2014 6:31:00 PM
I had one episode of this (on vacation) and that was all it took for me to get an ablation. Best thing ever. I was not going to put up with that again. I went to the womens clinic and they were very supportive of this procedure.


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Posted: 4/17/2014 6:34:31 PM
I would demand that something be done. That is ridiculous to have to live with.

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Posted: 4/17/2014 6:36:01 PM
I've seen the GYN and had u/s, biopsy's, et.c Was told it was "within normal limits"

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Posted: 4/17/2014 6:52:51 PM
Were you just looking for assurance that what you're experiencing is normal? I think it is for a lot of women, but it's miserable, and you can have something done to fix it.

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Posted: 4/17/2014 7:19:55 PM
I'm in the same club. I go through a super plus tampon about every hour and a half during my second and often third day of my period. I also use old towels for nighttime (seriously) and still get awakened once or twice a night to attend to things. It's awful.

I want to do the ablation, but we have other obligations for our pre-tax dollars account; kids' braces are finishing up this year, and I have to get my hearing aids (I have hearing loss and need to get those done next).


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Posted: 4/17/2014 7:24:34 PM
I was like that! Had the ablation done! Mine were so bad the doc told me not to expect to be one of those woman that had the procedure done and never had a period again. I continued to have regular periods but only required a panty liner. Best thing ever. Surgery took a whole 90 seconds and I never even took a pain reliever after. Do it, you won't regret it! Good luck!
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Posted: 4/17/2014 7:33:50 PM
That's the situation I was in before I had my ablation. My doctor didn't seemed too concerned medically, but it was a huge quality of life issue for me. I'm an attorney. I can't just halt a trial every hour to deal with my freaking period (and trial courts are still pretty much a man's world) and I couldn't wear enough layers to deal with it. The ablation was one of the best decisions I have ever made.


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Posted: 4/17/2014 8:33:34 PM
Before I had surgery to remove a fibroid I doubled up with a super tampon and an overnight pad and would go through them every 30-45 minutes on days 2 & 3 and would throw up from the pain. Since I had my surgery I haven't had that problem again. I see that you have had fibroids before. Is it possible you have more ?


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Posted: 4/17/2014 9:25:58 PM
Well, I started the original thread so not much help. My new questions are How long and painful is the biopsy? And does any one still take the pill after the ablation for endometriosis?


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Posted: 4/17/2014 9:30:13 PM
The biopsy takes as long as a pap. It's a quick poke, think big pipe cleaner, then it's over. It's a sharp jab, though, so be prepared.

OP, I would bleed through an Ultra tampon in 45 minutes with a night pad as back up. I had ablation in January and while my cycle has returned, I can handle a regular tampon in three hours.

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Posted: 4/18/2014 1:06:13 AM
I also have very heavy periods on second and third day. My doc wanted to do an ablation, which I would have totally done if my insurance would have covered it.

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Posted: 4/18/2014 3:47:00 AM
That sounds like the one I had after having the baby. I talked with my dr and we decided on Doing a IUD. Plus i have my tubs tied.

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Posted: 4/18/2014 5:13:26 AM
yep thats how my periods were for years(and I was continuously blown off), super plus tampon and pad every 30-45 mins. and big clots too..I couldnt function, couldnt do a job right, couldnt go to family functions etc.. horrible.

My periods were always horrible, but then I went on a blood thinner and they got tremendously worse.

I had an ablation, but Im one of the people it didnt work on, 2 months later I was back to square one with the same wretched periods as before.. Mirena didnt work either, my uterus rejected it and I likely flushed it as it disappeared.

Now I take a birth control pill every day never taking the "off" week. Im not really supposed to be on a bc pill due to being on blood thinner,but really my only other option at this point is a hysterectomy and I have no insurance, so thats really not any option. soooo.. so far so good though have been doing this a few years now


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Posted: 4/18/2014 12:48:52 PM
Mine was getting pretty bad. Gyn put me on oral birth control and it is MUCH better. Good luck to you.


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Posted: 4/18/2014 1:05:03 PM
I am a bleed through a tampon/pad every hour the first 3 days person. Not normal. I have had a Mirena IUD for a combined total of 7 years (3 different IUDs between babies) and I love having no period. I am considering getting an ablation done this year so I don't have unnecessary hormones in me. There are so many options for controlling crazy periods and I refuse to let it run my life every month. Good luck getting some answers.


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Posted: 4/18/2014 1:18:06 PM
Have you had your thyroid levels checked? Low thyroid function can cause heavy bleeding. I have endo and always thought my super heavy periods were related to that, but when I started on thyroid medication it also helped the heavy cycles.


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Posted: 4/18/2014 3:45:23 PM
Did you know that it is often called "flooding"? I had the non stop period for several months, soaking through every hour. Could not leave home really. Thought about adult diapers. So the first doctor stopped the flow with hormones. But happened again several years later.

So next, I went to a specialist at a major university hospital. Apparently this is a symptom of uterine cancer. Yup. So while they did a uterine biopsy, the doctor discovered a cyst, size of a thumb, and thought perhaps this was causing the problem. She removed it asap. I actually felt different. And about a month later, I was back to normal. Never had the problem again. Biopsy was negative.

AND I should mention that fibroids can cause flooding too. So it is worth having a specialist order tests.



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Posted: 4/18/2014 4:12:00 PM
It's pretty common when you get older and it's not necessarily harmful if you're not anemic, BUT it's not something you should have to live with! Find another doctor.

I suffered like that for a while before I decided I wanted something done. Ultimately I learned I had a very large fibroid and a few smaller ones, so ablation and Mirena were out. I opted for a hysterectomy at age 39. I'm 42 now and I couldn't be happier with my decision.

Like you, I was soaking through super-plus tampons every 30 minutes for 2-3 days, overflowing pads with that, had to go to bed with a towel under me every night, and my periods got longer and more frequent until I couldn't even plan a vacation. Plus, as a hospital nurse on a very busy cardiac floor, do you know how hard it can be to find time to change a tampon every 30 minutes and not worry about leakage out around the giant pads I had to wear? Truly miserable. I was only mildly anemic at first but it took a toll on me in the last year and I was having trouble running/jogging. I LIKE keeping my blood in my body, where it belongs, now.

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