DUB - Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding

by Suzane
(Prescott, Arizona)

I am 60 and have DUB. I have been bleeding for several months. My doctor wanted a D and C. I said no.

Several years ago (age 36), I died for several minutes during gallbladder surgery. I obviously survived... but was given an anti-biotic drip for 17 days. It destroyed my immune system and severe Candida Albicans resulted. I was allergic to everything! Finally after many doctors telling me it was all in my head, I went to a Naturopathic doctor. He saved my life. It took years to regain my health. My experience left me truly frightened of doctors, in general.

It seems I was allergic to the anesthetic given during surgery. I am too frightened to undergo surgery again. I was never told I had DUB or that it was due to hormone imbalance. I have been doing research and now know what this is. My PAP smear is fine - no cancer and no pollups.
My doctor gave me progesterone for 10 days, but that did not stop the bleeding.

I have been taking Vitex... It helped for a few months. I had three normal periods, but the bleeding has started again. Please advise if you can. Thanks.

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Aug 26, 2010
DUB - Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding
by: Wray

Hi Suzane What a story, I'm happy you survived to tell the tale! I'm pleased you said no to the D&C, no need for that. Progesterone does stop heavy bleeding, so I have doubts the 'progesterone' you were given was actually progesterone. If it was only given for 10 days, and unless your doctor knows about progesterone, it was more likely the synthetic progestin you were given. Maybe you can check on the script if you still have it. Vitex would have helped for a bit, but it is oestrogenic, not what you need. Oestrogen is a mitogen, it stimulates cells to grow. Vital in stimulating the endometrium each month to grow and thicken ready for a possible fertilised egg. But in excess it stimulates cells to continue growing, and grow they will with no progesterone to suppress the oestrogen. But without a check, the excitatory hormones like oestrogen would continue stimulating. (MMP?s) are enzymes that break down protein. They play a role in the breakdown of endometrial tissues at the end of the menstrual cycle. If they are over active, as would be the case with excess oestrogen in the body, as oestrogen stimulates their production, the result is a pathological reaction. A high level of MMP?s can lead to inflammation and excessive bleeding in the uterus. If a low level of progesterone is present, and a high level of oestrogen, the lining will continue to grow. With a high level of MMP?s the lining will also continue to break down. Progesterone suppresses both MMP?s and oestrogen. It is essential to use a high amount of progesterone, between 400-600mg/day. Although you have a cycle, it?s best to ignore it and use the progesterone daily, hourly too as this keeps the level up, until the bleeding is under control. The progesterone can be used to regulate the cycle once bleeding has stopped. You might like to read our page on Peri-menopause. Take care Wray

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