Bleeding Battle

by Tanya Ross
(Red Oak, IA, United States)

In 2007 I started to bleed very heavy with lots of clots. I eventually had to go to the hospital and get a blood transfusion because my Hemoglobin level was 7.5. At that time the doctor suggested that I get boiling hot water treatment or a hysterectomy. I did not answer and left the hospital with the bleeding subsiding. I eventually went to a different doctor for a second opinion, I was not bleeding and did not bleed for the whole year before I seen the new doctor. When I seen this doctor He said that my hemoglobin was low, 7.5 and admitted me in the hospital for another blood transfusion and iron treatments. I was also informed that I had a polyp on the ceiling of my uterus and that my uterus was unusually large. The Doctor got my hemoglobin up and then I went in for a procedure to remove the polyp. I did pretty good for a couple of years and last year I started bleeding again and found out that I had another polyp, so when I seen my doctor, he suggested the Novasure procedure and removing the other polyp. I did the procedure and went through the discharge and then around October I started to bleed again and it has been really abnormal bleeding with clotting. I have had more cramping and craving, binging, fatigue, nausea, acne, mood swings etc. My doctor said that because I am so obese, I have an estrogen dominate body. I realize I am over weight, but I am really frusterated with the out come of all of this. I have no energy to do anything and I really want to lose the weight, but I am battling myself constantly. And I am tired of being tired. My question is this, can progesterone help increase the polyps, stop the excess bleeding, cause my uterus to shrink to normal size, and help subside the sugar cravings and level out my blood sugars? Or will I have to do another procedure?

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Jan 20, 2012
Bleeding Battle
by: Wray

Hi Tanya It appears you have Insulin Resistance. This has many causes, but the main ones are excess oestrogen, testosterone and a lack of vitamin D. This last can in fact cause obesity, see here, here, here, here, here, here and here. You live in Iowa which gets insufficient sun to make much vitamin D, none in winter. Please have a test done. For more info on vitamin D levels, testing etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth, Birmingham Hospital and Vitamin D Links websites. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml or 175-250nmol/L and not the 30ng/ml or 75nmol/L most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although the latest research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. You might like to see these pages here and here. Progesterone does reduce the thickened lining in the uterus, and it stops heavy bleeding, but I've found 400-600mg/day is needed to do this. Once it has stopped, the amount should be reduced very slowly, by no more than 16mg each reduction. Progesterone will help the sugar cravings, so will vitamin D. Another nutrient you could take is glutamine. Best in powder form, as you need to take about 4000-8000mg/day. Other nutrients which help are taurine, glycine, chrome and zinc. There's a full explanation on our insulin resistance page. Take care Wray

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