Months of flooding
I am 48 and have been having almost constant heavy bleeding for months now. Sometimes it slows down and almost stops for a day or two, but then starts right back up again. 1 year ago this had been going on for 3 months straight so I went to my doctor to make sure I did not have fibroids or something really serious going on. She said there were no fibroids, that I was not anemic (iron levels were barely above the anemic level) and my homone levels were in an ok range, again barely. She wanted to put me on birth control to stop the bleeding but said it was all normal menopause symptoms and would go away in time. I have never had a hot flash, so she was sure I was fine. I refuse to go on birth control. I have never been on it and don't intend to now. Obviously I am not ovulating. I don't intend to mess up already unbalanced hormones by taking more synthetic ones and making everything worse. Meanwhile a year later I am still bleeding profusly. I had a break for two months then seemed to have a normal cycle then after 2 weeks started this perpetual bleeding again. I tried progestrone cream for a while but it didn't seem to do anything at all so I quit. From what I read on this site it obviously was not enough.
I have taken evening primrose oil for years because I had breast soreness before my cycle and the evening primrose oil greatly relieved that. It has also helped my skin to stay nice. I have tried taking vitex, shepherd's purse and yarrow. I think that is why I had the break for 2 months, they seemed to help, but I didn't keep taking them when 2 months went by with no bleeding, and a seemingly normal cycle. I have read where vitex is fine to take continually and where it isn't. Too much confusing information out there. I have not had major emotional ups and downs other than being discouraged because of the bleeding. As I said, no hot flashes, and no cramps. I had a little trouble sleeping for a while but now I am usually so worn out I don't have that problem either.
When I say heavy bleeding I mean heavy. Sometimes changing largest pads every half hour for a several hours, then it will taper off to once every couple hours. About a month ago I stopped for 1 day. It is frustrating because I have taken good care of myself, exercised regularly for years, eaten healthy, have never been over weight, never used alot of products, make up etc. Now I cannot workout at all, I can barely have a normal daily routine of house cleaning shopping etc. I always have to make sure I am hydrated and eat often enough not to get too run down. I have to take iron or get headaches. I take vitamins including C and a B complex, as well as others. I am so tired of bleeding!! I just started back on progesterone today in a large dose so hope it helps. Any other suggestions would be great.