Flooding/Clots-I am so glad I found this place!

luvsbeachesOctober 7, 2008

I'm 52 and for the last 6 weeks, my life has centered around my period. I have an appointment with my doc on Monday, but I wanted to thank everyone for all your informative posts. I was freaking out until I read some of the posts here.

I had a round of hot flashes about 5 years ago during the summer, but they went away (mercifully). Since then, my periods were a tad heavier at times, but nothing to worry about.

Well that changed 6 weeks ago...

For the last year, my period has been heavier than normal, but nothing that was too bad and then in July, and August I skipped my period. Hot dog, I thought. Boy was I wrong about getting excited. I have also been having hot flashes, but nothing real bad or annoying.

For the week of this mess I had a very light period. Hardly anything at all, so I thought, well, this isn't bad. Then week two kicked in and I started clotting. I'd drop clots that were the size of lemons several time a day or more. This lasted for 4 weeks. I'd never really know when one would hit, but when it did, it was a huge mess. Needless to say I have had to alter the way I live my life.

Finally that stopped, and I thought I was home free until I started to have my normal cramps that I get prior to getting my period. So I had two days of no problems and then it hit. I've had two days of heavy periods with clots. It's nasty. I had to run an errand today so I wore a super tampon and a super pad and it was soaked in an hour. Ugghhh...

I can't wait to get to the doc on Monday, but I am not sure what she'll do if I am still flowing like this. I doubt that I will be, but this is very weird.

Sorry to be so graphic...this is really nasty stuff!

I hate the thought of surgery, but I am so sick of this. It's just getting worse.

If I worked, I would have missed a month or more of work. I hate to go to anyone's house because I never know when one of these bombs is going to drop. I sleep with a towel under me and I line the carpet to the bathroom with towels. I also carry a change of clothes with me in my car (assuming I am brave enough to venture out of the house). Forget vacations...weddings...things like that, I am afraid to go and be "surprised."

I don't know what the doc is going to want to do for me, but something has to be done. This is depressing. I can't live my life normally and I don't want to worry for the next 5 years that my period will strike like this again. If I were on vacation when this hit, I don't know what I would do. It's awful!!

Any suggestions on how I should handle this at the docs? I don't really know what to expect, but I know that sometimes one will do one thing and another will do something completely different. I don't want to be run through a gazillion tests. My daughter recently had to have her gallbladder out. One doc wanted to do all this crazy stuff (cut something and do something else) and the other said her gallbladder just needed to come out. He was right. When we told him what the other doc said, he said that would not have been a good thing to do.

Any suggestions on things like this? Things I should agree to do or I should avoid?

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When i was about 45, I got nasty heavy periods with clots. I would totally soak a sanitaryt napkin in 30 minutes, I would use a box a day. I went to my gyno who did a trans-vaginal ultrasound. The wand is inserted in your vagina but it's not painful, just uncomfortable if you tense up (like me). The MD confirmed I had several fibroid tumors, basically common (40-60% of all women have them). Never cancerous. I put up with bad periods for about eight more years, then my periods gradually got lighter and shorter. My last bleeding was a little spotting in July. I no longer have those awful periods, I don't need to buy sanitary supplies,I'm a free woman! See your doctor and ask about fibroids. Oh yeah, do some reading at the library. Like I said, it's a common condition. There are several solutions-different minor surgical procedures, birth control pills, or just waiting it out (like me).

    Bookmark   October 7, 2008 at 6:03PM
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Thanks for the information. I'll be sure to ask her about the fibroid tumors. I have to do something because I can't go on like this. I'm confined to my house!

So once the doc confirmed you have fibroid tumors, what was the treatment?

I'm not sure I can wait this out...I can't travel...I can't leave the house...I can't do anything. I know it will probably pass, but I just can't live with this happening all the time. It's just too much. And losing all this blood can't be good.

I'll read up on this topic so I'll know a little about it prior to going to my appointment. Thanks! :)

    Bookmark   October 7, 2008 at 6:40PM
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I don't know what happened to my other post...

I wanted to add that I am seeing a GP, not a OB/GYN. I haven't been to a OB/GYN since I had kids. I knew I could get in to see my GP quickly, so that's why I went that route. I don't know how much or what the GP will be able to do.

I could try and get in touch with my old doc, but it always took forever to get in to see her and the last time or two I was there, she wasn't. She was out delivering a baby...which is why I switched to a GP. But I didn't have any issues back then, now I do.

Any thoughts on this? Should I go ahead and go see the GP on Monday? Or should I try and get in with my old OB?

    Bookmark   October 7, 2008 at 7:25PM
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After doing a little more reading here, I canceled my appointment with the GP and made an appointment with an OB/Gyn that specializes in menopause related issues. I am sure my GP would have to send me out for all these different tests, where the specialist will do it all there, or at least send me places to have things done and hopefully, this will streamline getting a diagnosis.

Last night every time I or sneezed coughed and about a cup or two of yuk came out (sorry to be so graphic) and it was nasty. How on earth is there that much gunk in my uterus? Anyway, I'm posting this so if someone else comes along and is having similar problems they'll see what I was going through. I was freaking until I read a couple of older posts that were similar to mine.

I will come back and post what the diagnosis was and what treatment I ended up having.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2008 at 11:57AM
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I am going through the same thing you described in your original post, except I am 53.

I had the ultrasound with transvaginal... nothing abnormal.
I had a uterine biopsy... nothing abnormal.

I have an appointment next month. I am thinking of insisting on a D&C.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2008 at 8:54AM
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So after you had these tests, the doc did nothing else? Are you still bleeding? There's no way I can go on like this. I am canceling things left and right. If I get stonewalled, I am going to find another doctor. I simply can't go on like this. I have no life.

I don't blame you...I'd insist on a D&C or I'd be looking for another opinion.

I talked to my cousin last night and she said she had the same thing going on 10 years ago. She said that her doc put her on a Low Estin (or something like that) and her problems were solved. She was on it for 10 years and when she stopped, so had the periods. She said that this is a very low dose birth control and while she had her period, they were very light.

I can live with light. I can't live with what I have going on anymore.

I suspect that I'll have the ultrasound and biopsy, like you did...and I am hoping that there's nothing abnormal found. I am also thinking that I might end up with a D&C.

I see my doc on Tuesday. I just can't wait to get this issue resolved. My biggest fear is this doc will say this is the way it is and I just have to deal with it. I can't. I can't go anywhere and I can't do anything. I have NO life. We have a business and I am having a hard time keeping up with the bookkeeping and payroll. I am now doing a lot of it from home, but I need to be in the office. If I had a "real" job, there's no way anyone would put up with me being gone for the better part of 6 weeks because of this. I've canceled a wedding, a shower, a vacation and a variety of other social invitations and I'm starting to worry about the upcoming holidays and whether or not I can have them at my house. I know I can't go anywhere, but I also don't think I can have them here.

Plus to add to it all, I don't feel that hot these days. I don't how you can lose that much blood and feel good. I sure don't.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2008 at 6:45PM
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I think you've made a wise decision to see a GYN instead of a GP.

If you've been bleeding this much for so long, you may be too anemic to even have surgery right now. They may have to get your blood count up before any surgery.

Given a choice of treatment,I think I'd opt for a hysterectomy and have the ovaries removed at the same time if I were living like this.

Let us know what the doc says.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2008 at 1:59PM
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I am glad I made the switch to a GYN. This all was so overwhelming that I really wasn't thinking about exactly what the GP would be able to do (and not do). I've now had one whole day without clots or bleeding, so I hope this holds until I get to the doc on Tuesday.

I hadn't thought about being too anemic for surgery, but you're right. It's very possible. I've been taking vitamins with iron, so I hope this has helped.

I'm in total agreement with you on the hysterectomy. It's going to be interesting to see what the doc says. I'd rather not take birth control for ten years, if I can avoid it. All I know is I never want to have to deal with this again...so something has to be done because I am sure it will happen again.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2008 at 4:36PM
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Went to see the doctor today and I hope this will all be behind me soon. Today all we did was talk about what's going on with me and a blood test was taken.

Next week I am scheduled to have a sonogram (maybe the vaginal type) and a uterine biopsy. I am not looking forward to the biopsy, but I also can't go on like this, so it is what it is.

By the time I go in for these tests, the blood work will be back. At that time we'll see what's going on and figure out what to do. There are several options, depending on what's going on. She talked about doing something where they burn the inside of my uterus. I didn't get all the information on that, but am going to do a search and see what I can find. There's also the possibility that I'll need a hysterectomy, but she couldn't say right at this point. But she'll know after the next appointment I have with her...which is really good news.

She did say that there are women who want to just manage this until they've gone through menopause, but I told her I am not one of those women. I want this resolved. It's been a long 7 weeks of clots and flooding and I do not want to have to worry about this happening again. But we're going to discuss the options and see what works best for me.

I have never in my life looked so forward to a doctors appointment as I did today. Now if I can just get this resolved so I can lead a normal life, I'll be happy.

After the next appointment, I'll update everyone. At least I have hope...I was worried that I would be told "deal with it" and I am at the end of my rope. Today I was tossed a life preserver, and it felt good. :)

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 6:23PM
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I've done a little reading and I believe the doctor talked about doing a "Endometrial Ablation" as the other option (over a hysterectomy). I'm not liking what I am reading about this procedure. I am going to take the info I found and talk with her about my options (and this may not even matter once my test results are back). From what I am reading, 60% of the women who have this procedure, have no more periods, but 30% only have slightly decreased periods and 10% feel this surgery failed. I don't know what to think about this.

I may start a new thread and get some feedback on this procedure.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2008 at 12:19AM
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Glad you are getting medical advice.

My GYN appointment is next month, so I'll see what is in store for me then!

Good luck.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2008 at 2:54PM
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Good luck to you. I hope you're able to get some resolution also.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2008 at 8:14PM
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I have fibroid tumors and my uterus is large. I'm scheduled to have a hysterectomy in two weeks (ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix and uterus). Because my uterus is large and the fibroid tumors, I'm having abdominal surgery (the bikini cut). I don't know the results of my biopsy yet and I have a pap smear scheduled for next week...so I am keeping my fingers crossed that there's no cancer.

I am actually thrilled that I am having this done. My life for the last couple of months has been horrid. Looking back, my periods have been getting progressively heavier and closer together. And then after this flooding and clotting mess, I knew I had to do something about it.

The only thing that kept me from totally freaking out was reading here, so I thank everyone who's taken the time to post on this thread, and post their own experiences on other threads. I would have been a basket case had I not known how common my experience was.

I'll come back and post after my surgery. Our kids are grown, so I am just going to "hang" at home and do things that I never do these days (watch TV-read-yak on the phone). The holidays will probably be a bust, but at least I'll be able to sit on my new sofa without the fear of ruining it! :)

Thanks again for your help, advice, and support. :)

    Bookmark   October 23, 2008 at 12:34AM
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Thank goodness; there's relief in sight for you.

Having been there;done that; it's wonderful not having to worry about "flooding" anymore.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2008 at 11:19AM
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Hi luvsbeaches,
I just saw your post. Good luck to you. Will you be on some replacement for awhile after surgery? I don't want to scare you, but don't be surprised if life is a challenge for awhile after surgery, while you adjust to not having your hormones. But hang in there........you'll figure it out.
Your blood count must be sooooo low after all that bleeding!
Good luck to you, and keep us posted as to how you're doing!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2008 at 7:44PM
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You are so right...relief is in sight. We've got a vacation planned after the first of the year and for the first time in a LONG time I am really looking forward to it. For many years now, my period has been a pain, and in the last couple of years it's been a headache...and then the 8 weeks I had recently was a total nightmare...so I am happy that I am about to be rid of the worry and embarrassment that goes along with this condition.

Just by darn luck I bought several new pairs of white Capri's in July. I don't know why because I never wear white pants. lol Now I'll be able to wear them and not worry at all. :) Happy days are almost here.


I don't know about the replacement hormones. I completely forgot to ask about this when I was in for testing. That's something that's on my list to ask the doctor at my next appointment. I appreciate the honesty about what to expect...so if I feel a little "off" I'll know that it's normal. I probably shouldn't have waited so long to go to the doc, but I really couldn't be in a car that long, nor wait in a waiting room. And I was so dizzy! I'm just glad it's about over.

Thanks to all for the well wishes! I'll be back and let everyone know how the surgery went.

I feel very fortunate that I found a doctor that listened to me and was easy to talk with. She came very highly recommended and I can see why. Too many times doctors just "tell" you what you're going to do and they give you no options. We talked about a wide range of treatments, but in the end, we both felt this was best for me. I am very happy with my decision about having a hysterectomy.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2008 at 10:32PM
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I'm home!

I had my surgery on Tuesday and came home today. All went well. I have an 6 inch bikini cut and it seems to be healing well. FINALLY, I am through with my problems.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2008 at 8:51PM
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Thank God I found this page, i'm 44 and recently started flooding, it;s reassuring to know it all pretty normal

    Bookmark   September 10, 2011 at 8:07PM
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Is the flooding and clots really normal ? I'am going to be 52 next month and all has been good with periods until last month when my period was a week and a half late. I have been bleeding for 3 weeks this month (july) and the last week and a half was the worst flooding and cloting i have ever ever had. I"am still bleeding and feeling more tired each day
what's up with this ??? getting worried, please help

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 1:12AM
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I am 47, in May I started a 3 week never ending clotty period period that was fairly heavy even at night (always seemed to gush) sorry Tmi. I got pills from a gyn to stop. Then a month later I had a regular length , major heavy clotty one but it stopped on its own. I spoke to my gyn, he just asked what I wanted to be put on. I don't want the iud or anything synthetic but he wants nothing to do with bioidenticals. I went to a doctor who prescribes them and am now on bioidenticals prog. The first period was normal time,length and flow, this next one was early and lasting longer. Hopefully it is just my body getting used to them, but I feel better mood wise, sleep better. I also found out I am estrogen dominant, very high. I am on a mission now to lose weight(lots of it) exercise more, take supplements. Anyone struggling too with high estrogen and if so have you had any luck in getting it down, or on bioidenticals and what your experience is with it helping irregular and/or heavy, clotty periods.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 5:25PM
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I've had fibroids three times and I had to have a D&C three times. The OB/GYN put me on hormones for a few months the last time. I haven't had them since. I know how nasty and scary it is. I'm praying all will be well with you!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 5:32PM
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