Dear Lady56432, Figuring out what is going on would depend on your physical exam (pelvic exam) done by your health care provider-if the uterus were very tender, the doctor might just try to stretch the cervix a bit to see if fluid could escape-so basically, it would be decided on during an examination Mary JaneView Thread
Dear Alias19, I'm not quite sure what to make of her fertility treatment question-so I wouldn't get too worried about it. This could be early perimenopause-difficult diagnosis to make. you could check your FSH level on the third day of your cycle (sounds like given your current status, right at the end of your brief period)-if it is elevated, it will suggest that your "ovarian reserve" is limited-and you're headed towards menopause. If you want to try only over the counter approaches, you could add a lot of soy to your diet (weak plant estrogens)-a product which acts similarly is called "I cool" . you could also try some Remifemin (German black cohosh)-but given your symptoms, I think in this circumstance, soy may be a bit more effective-and you can certainly take both. However, what I think really might help you the most is some estrogen-sounds like you do not need progesterone yet (you're getting reasonably regular periods)-but you could take some prescription bioidentical estrogens (In patch or gel form)-and see if you feel better-you could do it regularly for a couple of months-and see how you feel. If you need a local menopause expert, you can go to the website menopause.org, the website of the North American Menopause Society, and look for a menopause expert in your area. Good luck, Mary JaneView Thread
Dear lady56432, Two thoughts: you could have an infection in the lining of the uterus-if that's the case, you will need some antibiotics. The other question is could you have a bit of bleeding in the lining of the uterus, which is trying to escape, but the cervix is closed up again. Have you seen the doctor who performed the hysteroscopy? If not, you need to see that person, or one of his or her partners, to try to figure this out-you need an exam, and it might be straightforward to stretch your cervix up again, Good luck, Mary JaneView Thread
Dear An_263940, Sounds like you are having a somewhat later than average menopause; indeed women can continue with some menstrual activity until age 60 or so. So I think you are still perimenopausal. I think doing the hysteroscopy is an excellent idea, to rule out anything abnormal in the lining of the uterus. Once that is done, I think you will be able to say, thank goodness this crazy bleeding is just hormonally based. That being said, taking Prempak isn't going to help your bleeding situation. It involves taking estrogen every day, and progestin every day. Sounds like you need some estrogen-so what I might suggest you discuss with your health care provider is that you take some estrogen daily (like the estrogen in Prempak) but not to take a daily progestin. I would suggest that if you don't get a period on your own, you then take some progestin pills every day for about 12 days-which will serve to clean out the lining of your uterus-you could do this once a month, or every other month-and I think that you will get much less irregular bleeding. If you are in terrific health, and don't smoke, your gyne might be OK with you doing a very low dose birth control pill-which is also a program that will help. So good luck with the hysteroscopy-hope all will go well, and then your health care providers can get you on an estrogen regime that will not give you crazy bleeding. Mary JaneView Thread
Dear cricket girl, Do read the note to blondebrit69, just below-sounds like you are doing this perimenopausal process too-and could use some help. If you are a good birth control pill candidate, you would most likely feel a lot better on one-it would regulate things-and the thing about taking a pill-it would not slow down the menopausal process: our ovaries will slow down and stop working, on or off the pill-the pill just masks the annoying symptoms. So do check in with your health care provider, and consider the option. Good luck, Mary JaneView Thread
Dear blondebrit69, Certainly your symptoms sound consistent with perimenopause. There are a lot of options out there, and if you haven't seen your health care provider for a while, now would be a good time to check in. For the feeling hot, you might want to try some over the counter Remifemin, which is German black cohosh, and it works well for hot flashes for many women. your late period is probably because you didn't ovulate well this month-which is a hall mark of this timeframe; your health care provider can get you some progesterone, which will help you bring about a period and may make you feel less bloated. You may at some point (particularly if these symptoms continue) discussing a low dose birth control pill, ( if you are a good candidate)-these can be very helpful in regulating the hormonal fluxes of the perimenopause. Good luck, Mary JaneView Thread
Dear Vickies54, I hope I am interpreting your comments correctly-it sounds like you had your last period in January of 2014, and are now having a light period. To be honest, given that you are having period type symptoms (like sore breasts and bloating) it probably is a period! But it should be investigated, as indeed it has been over a year since your last period (If I'm interpreting your concerns correctly.) One option, believe it or not, is checking in with your local Planned Parenthood-they do a lot of women's health care besides birth control stuff, and they offer sliding scales for payments-so give them a call to see what they could arrange for you as far as a check up- and I hope indeed it will turn up to be just a period! Good luck, Mary JaneView Thread
Dear Donna, Hope we can have you worrying a bit less! Even if the lining of the uterus were 8 or 9 mm thick, the odds are still definitely in your favor-so you're all set up to do the right test-and I hope it will go well for you. Good luck, Mary JaneView Thread
Dear An_263887, If you haven't had a set of thyroid functions tested recently, you certainly can ask your health care provider to get them tested-low thyroid function can contribute to difficulty losing weight. Unfortunately, if your thyroid is fine there are not magic answers. Unfortunately, the older we get the slower our basal metabolic rate gets-so the options are eating less and exercising more. Strength training as well as aerobic exercises are helpful-because if you build muscle mass with strength training, you will use more calories even at rest to keep your muscles in shape. So lots of all sorts of exercises, and limit food intake-I wish I had other suggestions, Good luck, Mary JaneView Thread
Dear jaded_siren, It's not exactly clear what is going on. Are you actually noticing milk from your nipples? If that is the case, you need to be checked for a prolactin level. Are you taking any medications? Certain medications can cause this-so do mention to your health care provider any medications you are taking. You may also need to have your thyroid functions checked. Although 35 is a bit on the young side, perimenopause is certainly a possibility-any idea of how old women were in your family at menopause? Another blood test that also could be helpful is to measure your FSH level on the third day of your period-it will give you a ball park for how much reserve you have in your ovaries. If the prolactin is normal, thyroid is normal, and your FSH shows that you are heading towards menopause, you certainly might benefit from some estrogen therapy. One easy way to take estrogen in the perimenopausal time frame is a low dose birth control pill (presuming you aren't a smoker and are in good health)-not only will it help with your sleep and hot flashes, but it will probably help with period discomfort as well. Good luck, Mary JaneView Thread
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