Periods bearable but
(Ivins, UT, USA)
I am 48 years old and the last five years or so my periods have become increasingly extremely heavy, with several large clots, etc. I got to the point that I had to wear "Depends" to manage the gushing flow and at the same time, use pads and tampons!
My doctor really wanted me to try the Mirena IUD for at least six months before consenting to a hysterectomy. The Mirena dispenses a small amount of Progesterone into the uterus. I finally did it and yes, my first period since the implant was much lighter (about half), which was VERY nice. But I also get surprise bleeding every other day or so, so its like a two week period, so far. (I've heard it takes a few months for everything to calm down).
But the main problem I'm having now is water retention! I feel SO big and bulky and like I can't move very fast. Finally, I found on here that it tells me fluid retention indeed is a side effect of progesterone! Now I know its not all in my head.
Glad for this website. Now I have another decision to make because feeling like this is almost as bad as the heavy periods. If I can get rid of the water with water pills, that will be okay. If not, out comes the IUD!