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Not sure if it's endo-related or just because of age
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hollyri posted:
I've been on BCP for 4 years now, and on this particular brand for almost 2 years now. I've been bleeding though for 3 weeks straight. I went ahead and stopped the pill to bring on a full period like my dr suggested, but this isn't the first time this has happened. I know I'm having problems with perimenopause. I've been having issues with it since I did Lupron almost 9 years ago. The hot flashes and migraines never went away, but they're really getting worse lately, and a lot of other things that happened with Lupron seem to be happening again. I am having a lot of cramping even when I'm not bleeding.

So I'm not really sure if it's due to endo or if it's due to aging. Or could it be a combination of both? What I do know is that I feel awful, irritable, cranky, and down. I had been doing really well, but the past couple of months have just sucked the life out of me for some reason. I have no idea why either. Some days I'm so bloated, I can't find anything to wear, and other days, I can hardly get out of bed because my head hurts so badly.

I guess I'm just whining, but I really don't know what to do. I'm seeing my dr Tuesday, but I have a feeling she won't be much help. The last time, she gave me some Estrace, and I did it for about 6 weeks. I'm afraid to do much more because my mom had cancer, and I don't want to do anything that could increase my risk even more.

I thought that with perimenopause, you're periods would get less frequent, not happen more often? Am I wrong?
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mcgalla responded:
Hey Holly, I'm thinking maybe it could be the bcp causing you to feel awful. I know when I was on them I felt terrible. Not sure if that would cause the bleeding though. I know my mom had a lot of bleeding issues right before going through menopause. She would bleed for a couple weeks have a week off and then start bleeding again. Hope your doctor can do something to help you out. Sorry you are feeling pretty bad. Good luck on Tuesday!
Carrie
 
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hollyri replied to mcgalla's response:
Carrie,
Thanks for the reply. It might be the pill, but it might also be perimenopause (my family tends to do things like this early; we're over-achievers, lol). Anyway, the pill I'm on is probably too low, but the next one up gave me problems. So she gave me a little bit of estrogen cream to use sparingly a few times a week just to boost things a bit. She wants me to come off the pill completely for 3 months and then do a hormone panel, but the thought of that terrifies me. However, I graduate in May, so my insurance will be running out (student insurance) which means I need to do this ASAP. The problem though is that I have my comprehensive exam for my Masters degree in late Feb. I'm worried that I will be in misery during it. But maybe the last few years of being on the pill have helped, and maybe 3 months won't be so bad.

I hate this, lol. She also mentioned uterine ablation, but that sounds really scary to me. Things aren't bad enough to warrant something like that in my opinion.

So I think I'll be going off the pill soon for a few months. Wish me luck because I am a bit worried about it.


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