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5/19/11 4:49 P

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I had a uterine ablation a couple of years before my wls. It is a wonderful thing, but not for everybody. I have a blood clotting disorder so I have to take blood thinners, by monthly "friend" was a MONSTER! I am 57 so I assume I am in menopause, but I can feel the hormones. I guess all those hormones from my fat are still rushing around in my body.

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5/17/11 3:55 P

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For that they put me on depo provera injections. I loved it! Now I am so close to menopause and want it so bad! I was completely irregular and had violent cramps lasting 11+ hours. So I am just ecstastic over one per year!

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5/17/11 3:44 P

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Thanks Cindy,

My primary care is my GYN as well and she also said "wait and see" when I saw her last week. This type of thing was not abnormal for me presurgery (except for the excessive amount). I basically had a non-stop period for 2 years, then didn't have one for months, then started again, stopped, started, etc. totally random. I was just hoping the loss of weight might help me regain some normalcy. Not yet, I guess.

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5/16/11 10:15 P

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You might want to call your gyn as starting back up after 5 days is not normal.

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5/16/11 6:26 P

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Thanks, everyone, for the feedback! I talked with the PA at my surgeon's office today (had my 6 week check-up a week late). He said that it is more "normal" for patients to not have a period or have very light periods post-surgery because of the rapid weight loss and change of eating habits, but that what I was experiencing was not unheard of. He suggested waiting 3 more months to see how it goes. In the meantime, my period started back up (five days after it stopped) and has continued for the last 7 days non-stop. Uggg..... At least it isn't quite as bad and isn't waking me up at night or making it difficult to exercise like it was.

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5/16/11 3:46 P

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Daisy, Congrats on surgery and I hope your recovery goes well inspite of your monthly friend!

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5/16/11 2:24 P

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I am 2 weeks post-op and my period came on with a venengce 2 days after surgery and is still with me. Surgeon said that this is normal and will get back on cycle in about 3 months. I was not happy since I have the meraina and that has made periods really light and few for the past year. And I like it that way, lol.

I guess its an annoying but small price to pay for this wonderful change.

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5/15/11 8:33 P

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I was peri-menopause before RNY and have had one period in the 8 months since RNY which was one year from my last period.

Sorry I can not help.

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5/15/11 7:47 A

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Hope all is better with you soon

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5/12/11 9:49 A

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Gee, I guess I got lucky! I had only one period postop and then went into a quick menopause. I had had perimenopause symptoms prior to surgery but after that first period, nothing. Can't say that I miss it! Hope things get back to normal for you soon!

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5/12/11 9:01 A

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I also had a history of irregular periods, but at 3 months post op from RNY it was back with a vengeance. I had horrible mood swings, cramping and bleeding so heavy I couldn't leave the house for several days. It took a few uncomfortable months, but now the only PMS I get is a bad case of the munchies and the flow went back to normal. Hang in there!

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5/12/11 7:58 A

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they talked about this in my orientation class that your cycle could get messed up so its normal~

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5/12/11 12:38 A

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Samantha,

Congrats on your journey thus far!

Wierdness with your monthly "friend" is totally normal after surgery. How far out from surgery are you? Things are supposed to level out over time. You should regain a normal cycle within a year of surgery. That hasn't been my experience. In addition to being a gastric bypass surgery veteran, I am a physical therapist and a neurobiologist. I can tell you that I have struggled, too. Fear not, all will be well!

Prior to surgery, you could predict the phases of the moon and the tides based on my cycle. After surgery, I can't predict anything! You have to remember that fat cells in our bodies (even for guys!) contain a LOT of estrogen. So, when we have this radical weight loss surgery (really, regardless of the type of surgery we have) we are releasing TONS of estrogen into our system. That's why our cycles get messed up so much. This is very annoying, but if you are still at the point that you are losing five to ten pounds a month, you can credit the hormones released by the breakdown of fat cells for your irregularity. It's VERY annoying, but think of it as a demonstration that you are really doing great!

I am three years out from surgery, and am still struggling with irregular cycles. I have survived a very stressful time of life. Since September, I have been busy with:
defending my dissertation, travelling for job interviews (I was in eight different states in eight weeks!), accepting a position, buying a house, moving, starting a new faculty position, teaching, establishing a research position, and oh my gosh, so many things I must do to succeed in the next few years!. All of these things can contribute to the release of stress hormones, including estogen. In other words, these things can contribute to my irregular cycles, which I find VERY annoying.

I have not attempted to regulate my cycles with pharmacutical help. I intend to call my new internal med doc this week to see if he is willing to prescribe the "pill" for me to help with the problems I've been having. This approach was not covered by my student health insurance. Now that I am gainfully employed, this is a simple solution for me to try.

If you have been taking "the pill" for more than three months without predictable results, I would strongly suggest that you should follow up with your doctor, and continue to bug him or her until he or she comes up with a plan that works for you. On the other hand, if your surgery was less than three to six months ago and you are losing crazy amounts of weight per month (more than ten pounds per month) than you should not yet be worrying. Your poor body is being flooded with stupid amounts of estrogen, and this will stop eventually.

Fear not-all will be well eventually! I've got to tell you, I feel that I have been a very successful gastric bypass patient. I lost 175 pounds, but have gained back some weight. At this point, I am down a total of 150 pounds, and have identified a group of people to help me get back into my exercise routine. I have also found a surgeon in my new home town to adopt me and to take over my follow-up care. I will always be grateful to my surgeon, but he is now 800+ miles away. I decided to find a local guy to be responsible for my follow-up care. I need to know that I have someone here to call if I have a problem.

Good luck girl, know that you can succeed! Let us know how you progress!
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I mentioned in the exercise post a week or so ago that I had a horrible time with my second menstration after bypass and it had totally knocked me off my exercise routine. It was long, difficult and...messy and included 3 days of PMS (cramping, bloatedness, mood swings, and general fatigue). Then came 4 solid days of crazy flow where I couldn't even sleep it was so bad. It finally tapered off, thank god. I had started my birth control pills the first day of spotting (as instructed) but still am now having a second period 1 1/2 weeks later. It's not quite as bad, but having just recovered from the first...I'm annoyed.

Just as background, I haven't had a normal schedule since highschool, and was wildly irregular, so I was excited when my second post-op menstration came exactly 28 days after the first, but the excitement soon faded.

I asked my regular doctor (not surgeon) about it yesterday and she said she wasn't surprised, and that it should even out in the next few months. I know this is a very private thing to talk about but if anyone else has had a similar experience, I'd like to know I'm not alone, and, hopefully, that it will get better. Not sure I can take too many like the last one!

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