I don't know the best answer for you. However, it never hurts to get a second opinion. It can take a while to find a doctor who can treat your condition in a way that works and that you're comfortable with.View Thread
Probiotics are good, but also wash with Ivory soap or something that is completely free of dyes and perfumes. I started using an all-natural shea butter soap, and I'm not having any problems since using it. I'm going to give it a few more weeks before I decide it's actually helping though. Ivory worked for a few years, but then I think my body got used to it or something.View Thread
I've been on BCP for 4 years now, and on this particular brand for almost 2 years now. I've been bleeding though for 3 weeks straight. I went ahead and stopped the pill to bring on a full period like my dr suggested, but this isn't the first time this has happened. I know I'm having problems with perimenopause. I've been having issues with it since I did Lupron almost 9 years ago. The hot flashes and migraines never went away, but they're really getting worse lately, and a lot of other things that happened with Lupron seem to be happening again. I am having a lot of cramping even when I'm not bleeding.
So I'm not really sure if it's due to endo or if it's due to aging. Or could it be a combination of both? What I do know is that I feel awful, irritable, cranky, and down. I had been doing really well, but the past couple of months have just sucked the life out of me for some reason. I have no idea why either. Some days I'm so bloated, I can't find anything to wear, and other days, I can hardly get out of bed because my head hurts so badly.
I guess I'm just whining, but I really don't know what to do. I'm seeing my dr Tuesday, but I have a feeling she won't be much help. The last time, she gave me some Estrace, and I did it for about 6 weeks. I'm afraid to do much more because my mom had cancer, and I don't want to do anything that could increase my risk even more.
I thought that with perimenopause, you're periods would get less frequent, not happen more often? Am I wrong?View Thread
Carrie, Thanks for the reply. It might be the pill, but it might also be perimenopause (my family tends to do things like this early; we're over-achievers, lol). Anyway, the pill I'm on is probably too low, but the next one up gave me problems. So she gave me a little bit of estrogen cream to use sparingly a few times a week just to boost things a bit. She wants me to come off the pill completely for 3 months and then do a hormone panel, but the thought of that terrifies me. However, I graduate in May, so my insurance will be running out (student insurance) which means I need to do this ASAP. The problem though is that I have my comprehensive exam for my Masters degree in late Feb. I'm worried that I will be in misery during it. But maybe the last few years of being on the pill have helped, and maybe 3 months won't be so bad.
I hate this, lol. She also mentioned uterine ablation, but that sounds really scary to me. Things aren't bad enough to warrant something like that in my opinion.
So I think I'll be going off the pill soon for a few months. Wish me luck because I am a bit worried about it.View Thread
When was your surgery? It might take some time to heal completely, and you will think you're all right but your insides still need time. I learned the hard way that even though it might have been a week since the surgery, you should still take things slow. If you're still having problems with the bloating, try walking a bit and drink more water. It should help. Also, call your dr. They'll be able to tell you what is normal and what is not.View Thread
So sorry to read this. I hope you feel a ton better after the procedure. My mom had a suspension, but she also needed a hysterectomy later. She was 31, and she said it was a really hard decision for her. I wish you the best, and like I said, I hope you feel better soon.
What will they do for the IC? Will they do a distension and instill meds? Those do seem to help for a while. Have you tried the IC diet? It's a bit of a beating, but it does help. I hate the fact that I can't have cranberries though because they are my favorite fruit. And this time of year, everyone has cranberries on the table. *sigh* But it's easy to follow once you figure out what you can handle.
I think a motrin beforehand should be fine. I wasn't warned that I'd be having one, so I didn't have anything to help with the pain before or immediately after. I wish I had taken motrin before. The rest of the week, I felt like I had cramps and had some spotting. Hope this helps. Take the motrin first. That will probably help a lot I think.View Thread
Hope everyone is doing well. I'm hanging in there. Fighting with the insurance company about everything, but what else is new, right? I was feeling awful in September, and my doctor ran every test under the sun just to tell me it might be my age causing this. So I got a HUGE bill from the lab (in the thousands), and the insurance company doesn't want to pay it. So we're fighting back and forth about how much I think they should cover. Whatever.
Actually, an IUI wouldn't bypass the tubes. The egg would still have to make it through the tubes to the uterus. IVF is really the only thing that bypasses the tubes. The eggs are removed from the ovaries and are then mixed with sperm in a dish. Then fertilized eggs grow into embryos, and the embryos are implanted into the uterus. With an IUI, the sperm is just sent through the cervix directly into the uterus. The egg still has to get from the ovary through the tube to the uterus.
WPooh 27, have you ever had an HSG? It's an x-ray of the tubes to see if they are blocked. They inject a dye through the uterus into the tubes and watch the flow on a screen. They can determine if there is blockage or even a kink in the tubes that might be causing the embryos to implant in them. But the only way to bypass the tubes is through IVF. It is expensive, and the hormones you have to be on are really tough. But it is an option and does have a good success rate if tubal factors are the only problem.