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extreme tiredness and lack of energy during period
terrilynn48 posted:
I am 48 yrs old, over the past couple years my period has been irregular coming between every 2 to 3 weeks, sometimes light 1 to 3 days sometimes heavy with clotting for 3 to 5 days. During some of these menstrual cycles I get extremely tired with no energy at all, I ache all over, I pass a lot of clots, I have dark circles under my eyes and just generally feel sick. Is this pre-menopause or could there be something else going on here. I have been treated twice in my life for cervical dysplasia and I haven't had a pap in several years, I have had some light discharge and have thought at times that I had a yeast infection and just recently for 3 days I was having pain in my back like it was my kidneys, that was two weeks ago and have had no pain since then. I know I need to go see the GYN, but I wanted some advice first as I do not have insurance at this time. thanks, terri
Anon_6061 responded:
Whacky cycles are common during perimenopause. Bleeding can be more frequent, less frequent, heavier, lighter - anything goes! With your frequent "periods" and symptoms, it sounds like your iron is low (possibly to the point of being anemic). Sounds like an exam and some blood work are in order. Hopefully, these crazy cycles will soon be a thing of the past. If they're too troublesome, there are options to regulate them (such as birth control pills).

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