Heavy Periods for the past 12 years
I always had regular and fairly light menstrual periods until I was about 38 years old (I am now 50). At that time I began to gain weight and my menstrual bleeding became very heavy. The beginning of the cycle is fairly normal, but on about day 3 I begin to bleed in large clots for about the next 12 hours. Many times on day 4 or 5 I then get a migraine which nothing will relieve (can't even sleep) and I usually end up vomiting.
I feel good the rest of the month, but my cycle leaves me weak and depressed. I have tried many homeopathic remedies, Vitalzym, acupuncture and diet changes. Each of these has helped to some degree especially with the depression and moodiness, however nothing seems to control the bleeding.
I am taking several supplements but I am hesitant to try the progesterone cream because I just don't want to make anything worse. I did try Progestelle at one time and thought that everything just got worse. From what I have been reading, it may have been too weak of a dose.
My gynecologist thinks that I probably have fibroids, but did not do an ultrasound. He suggested BC pills or ablation. My mom had a hysterectomy (uterus only) at age 33 and my sister at age 27. I have considered it MANY times, but I really would rather not. Compared to so many of the stories I've read on this site, I realize my symptoms are not near as severe. I really sympathize with what so many have gone through.
Any advice would be appreciated.