I have PCOS. It's an annoying thing to deal with. Unfortunately, the continual spotting is probably 'normal' for someone with PCOS; however, it's something that should be stopped. Are you on an oral contraceptive? Those help really well with keeping your cycle regulated. It's important to find one that works best for you - it's really a trial and error sort of thing.
You're right about weight playing into period issues - keeping a healthy weight is crucial, but also keep in mind that being fit is what is most important - the scale is merely a number. However, carrying around extra weight does take a toll on how the body functions.
Talk to your doctor about a OCP if you feel comfortable with it. There are some that you can find fairly cheap. I've been on Microgestin for a while and that has been a God-send. I spent 14 months straight with a period, then a little over 2 years with no period... so on and so forth. It's frustrating when things aren't working regularly - it's nice when it's more predictable! Also, I can't stress enough how important it is to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Bear in mind that it doesn't HAVE to be a hard-core workout in the gym. If all you have time for is a 20 minute walk.... do a 20 minute walk; but, do a walk with purpose so that you get the most out of it. Another thing to think about is Metformin. It's not for everyone and it is for sure between you and your doctor. I'm not personally insulin resistant or diabetic; however, my doctor has had me on Met for a couple of years (I'm not currently taking it for other reasons) and it is said to help ladies with PCOS. I know you said naturally... so obviously, exercise is the best option. Sometimes, though, medicines are needed to help keep us in-tune.
My first thought is.. have you gone through/started menopause? I would think so; however, I don't want to assume.
When is the last time you saw your GYN? Now might be a REALLY good time to make an appointment. Bleeding after menopause (especially heavy bleeding) isn't expected or normal, from what I know. The best thing you can do is make an appointment so they can look and see what is going on with yor cervix and/or uterus. Make sure to tell them that you are clotting heavily - they might be able to get you in quicker. If you are feeling faint, excessively tired, etc.. you might just want to go to a walk-in clinic to see if they can check your hemoglobin to see if you are anemic because of the prolonged, heavy bleeding.
Until then, I'll tell you what I've been told for those times when I'm bleeding heavily/clotting heavily: stay hydrated. It will defintely help to some degree.
Thanks for the kind words! She said it'd be about a week - so, hopefully by next Thursday, I will know what's up. I talked with my best gal pal once she got out of classes and that was helpful. For now.. I'm just going to remain optimistic and assume that nothing is wrong. I doubt the PAP will come back abnormal - I mean, I'm young (so, it's not as common), I'm not sexually active (and haven't been since 2009), apparently menstruation can affect the results of a PAP, as well as tampons. Either way - I'm a little more calm now. I'm having a lot of cervical sorts of pain - I'm hoping that whatever was there has popped or something and that is why I'm in pain. I would definitely be okay with that because it means it'll most likely go away soon.View Thread
Well.. the exam went fine. It wasn't too awfully gross. I am worried now. She started the exam and then when "hm, let me have a q-tip" to the nurse. She asked if I felt pain while she moved it around and I said yes - I was starting to get a little panicked. She finished and had me sit up. She said that I have a hard lump on my cervix and she asked what I wanted to do. My mom had cervical cancer - I know I don't have that... it's just something I'm always concious about - so as soon as I reminded her of that, she was like "Well, that's worrying... so, let's do another exam and do a pap this time." So, went through the exam again. After, I had to go straight to class and I literally could not focus AT ALL.
What are the different possibilities of causes for this painful little lump? Could they just 'pop' it to see if it is a cyst of some sort? Or, remove it? I want it gone.View Thread
I know that I am being irrational about worrying... but, I have to go for a pelvic exam tomorrow because my period is SUPER heavy. I've been on OCPs since shortly after my period started (I started menstruating right when I turned 10 - that was just about 10 years ago)... so, only the first couple of years were birth control free. My periods were heavy then and similar to this - but, I never had a pelvic during that time. I have PCOS...so, I've just always been on birth control - the times that I wasn't, I just didn't get a period ever. But, I just stopped taking microgestin in December and my periods are like clockwork (at least, these last two times). That's good, however.. I'm going through pads and tampons like crazy. I have to double up and use a pad and tampon at the same time. I soak through 'em within an hour. So, the FNP in Student Health (I'm in college) wants to do a pelvic if it isn't better in the morning and I'm a bit nervous. I know it's just another part of my body. I've done internships upon internships in OB/GYN offices, pediatric offices, etc; however, it's my period and it's heavy. Gross.
Please just tell me it isn't going to royally gross this poor woman out!?!? I'm not even sure how this is going to work, though. I'm expelling a lot of HUGE clots; but, the blood is thin - thin like blood coming from a cut on the skin.. not like I recall periods being. Maybe it's just been a long time, though. Should I go in with a tampon in? Take a towel or something to sit on? Any movement makes the blood flow increase, so I can only imagine how messy a pelvic during menstruation is. Suggestions?
It may just be a coincidence that you are bleeding. Usually when blood looks black or brown, it means that it is "old blood." This is just one of many assumptions. If you are concerned, I would definitely give your OBGYN a call for reassurance.
I had an infection that started later february/early march. It was detected after I had been getting a fever every other 3 or 4 days... then, one night it just didn't go away. So, the health center did some tests. Urine culture came back for any and all STIs, blood tests were all within normal range. Pelvic exam was painful, revealed excess discharge with an odor and abnormal color, and provoked bleeding. After a week, I was put on 3 antibiotics. I took 4 or 5 doses of azithromycin at once, then 4 or 5 doses of metrodiazole (spelling?) at once, and then was put on 10 days of doxycycline. After a week of antibiotics, the discharge reduced to a clear odorless discharge for about a week - then, the amount picked back up. Cramping was still bad and persisted throughout these past few weeks. Noticed a fever Wednesday night or Thursday morning of this week that has not gone away. Started out just really tired, then, gradually noticed a high amount of discharge with an odor that is slightly yellow. I have lower back pain and cramps that radiate into my thighs. I am not sexually active. Last date of sex was in 2009 (it was unprotected). Last true period was Feb. 2011 (provera used in January provoked 3 days of spotting). Never a history of any STIs. Is this PID?
The health center on campus doesn't know what to do anymore. I am away at school with no transportation as of now. I have an appt with an OBGYN back home on May 16th. What should I do? Go to the emergency room? (not sure if Medicaid would cover that...) Get more antibiotics from the health center? (They made me VERY sick last time)... is the hospital my best bet? If so, can it wait? Temp was approx. 100.4 this morning and is currently sitting at 99.7.
I am aware that it's caused (usually) by STDs, as is the health center. However, after my pelvic, I began bleeding some and still am today - the pain is worse. I went back in and they said that I most likely do have it due to some type of bacteria that just decided to travel up and multiply. Ive been getting a fever on and off for 2 months now, so it's probably just manifested. So, they started me on anti-biotics and tomorrow I will go for a 3rd type of antibiotic (a shot this time) while we wait for my urine culture to come in.
Discharge is also an issue. When she did the pelvic today, she said "You have a lot, and I mean a lot, of discharge. Yes, a lot." She said that a few times. So, I'm thinking that it was an abnormal amount and even consistency.
I'm just nervous. Nervous that it'll be something bad. Nervous that it'll be nothing at all - something unexplainable. Just nervous. Is PID even a possibility? If not, what might be under consideration?View Thread
I've had a fever since Friday night. I've been going to the health center at my college campus this week and they don't know what's wrong. I have had lots of issues with my period and long story short, they have sent in tons of blood tests, urine cultures and have done numerous pelvic exams in the last few days. Their questions have stemmed around my period, ovaries and uterus (haven't had a period in 12 months except for 3 days of spotting after a week of being off of Provera). I feel generally sick and have lower back pain as well as pelvic pain (especially after the pelvic ex. today) and have a fever ranging from 99.5 to 102 at its highest. I'm exhausted but restless at night. I wake up freezing, or extremely hot and clammy. No cough, no sore throat, no GI issues. I'm not sexually active - haven't had any sexual contact since 2009. Is it possible that I have PID? If so, will that come up on my blood tests that I will be getting the results on tomorrow? Or, my urine culture? I'm so nervous and worried mostly because they are so concerned.