I need some help with something I've been experiencing lately. Off an on for a while now, my periods have been irregular and sometimes last as long as two weeks. I went to the doctor and they said that as far as they could tell, there was nothing wrong with me.
In December, I got my period and it hasn't left up to today. I'll have about a week with heavy bleeding and lots of clots and terrible cramps. Then the rest of the month will yo yo between medium and light flow (since the beginning of the year, I've only had one day with no flow at all). I went back to the doctor and got the same response and went to another doctor in hopes of getting an answer but she said the same thing. I'm perfectly healthy and the only thing that she could think of that could be causing this is my weight. The only solution she could think of was putting me on birth control to regulate my period, but my husband and I are considering having kids and I don't want that to screw up our chances.
Well, recently I lost some weight and instead of improving, it seems that the bleeding is getting worse. I can actually feel when the clots slide our of my vagina onto the pad. Unfortunately, right now I'm unemployed and don't have insurance to go back to the doctor.
Can anyone give me any insight as to what may be happening to me? Or if someone has experienced the same thing, maybe you could let me know?
Thanks in advance for any advice.
Fibroids can cause irregular bleeding. When you go to a gyno, if you tell them how unusual your periods are, that's the first thing they'll check for -- they stick their fingers up there and palpate to feel all the sides of the vaginal canal area.
If they say they feel nothing unusual, then perhaps it's a hormone problem. Your thyroid regulates your monthly cycle (as well as daily hormones too!). So you should request a TSH test to check your thyroid hormone levels. Some doctors still use the old test (where anything less than 5 is normal), but the new test says you have a problem if your reading is greater than 2.
Also, if you have no fibroids and no thyroid problem, then consider your age...
As you get older, your flow will come out in clots more than it did when you were younger. That is the normal aging process.
And: I don't know about PCOS but it's another condition that could possibly affect your cycle. So you may want to check it out.
One last comment: the better my fitness level, the lighter my period is each month. During the times of my life that I have been in SUPERB physical fitness, my periods got extremely light. I know one girl who had such a low level of body fat that her periods stopped completely. (Because her body fat was so low that she couldn't have carried a healthy baby full-term; thus her body temporarily ceased that mechanism.) That is NOT healty, but I'm just saying: weight is DEFINITELY tied to the amount of flow you produce.
Good luck. You are right to be concerned about this. If you don't like the answer from one gyno, seek a second opinion to be sure. It's your body, your life.