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    Bleeding post bio identical implant
    Brynne1211 posted:
    I'm 53 and had early menopause. I haven't had a period in more than 10 years and had been taking estradiol for more than 5 years to combat severe hot flashes.

    I've gained 35 lbs over the past 3 years and have not been able to lose despite diet & exercise. I went to a diet doctor who suggested a bio identical implant, which I had done 1 year ago without issue (I d/c the estradiol). I had a second implant 7 mos ago and began bleeding a few weeks later.

    I went to my gyn & she was upset that I had the implant & stated it was the likely cause. I had an ultrasound that showed uterine wall thickening, followed by a d&c in March, the results of which were benign. All was well for about a month & the bleeding returned.

    In June, I went back to my gyn because the bleeding was getting heavier, although was cyclic (cramping, numerous large clots, followed by heavy bleeding, tapering off for a day or so, then more clots, bleeding, etc). She indicated that the bleeding again was due to the implant, & could take as long as a year to deplete and I'd just have to wait it out.

    Now, I've been bleeding heavily over the past week to the point that I left the house for 2 hours today and soaked through a maxi pad and my clothes. I have been bleeding almost nonstop for several months, and quite heavily for a few weeks now.

    I can't believe this is normal. I hesitate to call the office again since she clearly indicated at the last visit that I would just have to live with this. Is this true?
    briz350 responded:
    Can you not have the implant removed? I don't know too much about hormonal implants but I'd think it could be removed fairly easily. I realize that part of it has dissolved and is in your system and will take a while for the hormone levels to normalize, but if you can get the remainder of the implant out (whatever is left), maybe it would help?

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