I have PCOS and was blessed with three children. I always had very heavy periods and heavy clotting. I ended up having an ablation to stop my periods and have been thrilled with the results. For anyone with PCOS that is done having children or doesn't want any children and has heavy periods, it is a great option.
I am seeing my gynecologist soon, but I don't have an endocrinologist though I have seen one before ... they don't want to do anything medication wise aside from birth control which is fine by me but not worth the extra specialist co-pays and hassle of making time for another type of doctor...I definitely have a normal thyroid, it has been ruled out as a problem multiple times. I was recently told by my neurologist (I used to have/sometimes still have frequent headaches) to start taking Magnesium and I have...it's only been a few days though. I don't really get enough magnesium in my diet either, but plenty of calcium. I've been taking it in the morning, but taking it at night might be a good idea. I exercise a lot and it does help with my mood, unless I have my period and then it's a lost cause, and if my period is particularly painful, even though exercise is supposedly supposed to lessen the discomfort, it makes it worse to me. I've heard rasberry leaf tea can be good when you have your period and in general maybe, but I want to do some more research and such before I try it.
It can be difficult. Do see your gynecologist and endocrinologist. Sometimes hypothyroidism can be a cause of these problems. I found that taking daily calcium with magnesium in it helps; it may take six weeks to fully help with your cycle. It help with my sleep cycle as well, so I take it in the evening. Daily exercise also helps me. I used evening primrose, but as with all supplement talk to your doctor. The supplements should be treated as drugs.
I know a few women who have experienced PMDD who have experiences all that you describe. They also have PCOS. I do know that two of them saw an endocrinologist to get diagnosed. It helped answer many questions for them.
Take good care of yourself and I hope you fing the answers you seek.
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So for as long as I can remember I get heavy periods (sometimes lasting more than a month at a really fast heavy flow...I'm currently anemic because of them).
But also, if I recall, especially when I was a teenager, I have really bad pms...except it's not just the 'p' in "pre-." It starts like a 3 days before (the weird mood problems and discomfort) and lasts until the end...
I was actually hospitalized as a teen in psychiatric hospitals and diagnosed with mood disorders...and recently I've remembered a correlation that no one ever thought about back then: Each hospitalization I had had an absent period for awhile, and then got it while there or right before being admitted...
I know there's something called PMDD which seems like this could be, but no one has ever looked into this as a cause of some of my problems...
in fact I am doing very well now at 28 in terms of mood most of the time, but recently I got a heavy period for the first time in a while and it came back to me...does anyone experience this? How do you deal with it?
And I'd love to hear your stories.
I don't really know if it'd really change anything for me to get diagnosed with PMDD except maybe some relief that I have a true biological reason for my problems, but I'm curious if anyone has had any non pharmaceutical treatments that have helped? Thanks.
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