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IUD for heavy bleeding? IUD for heavy bleeding?

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Unread 07-19-2003, 01:56 PM
IUD for heavy bleeding?

I've had severe menstrual cramps since my very first period at age 11. In the last year, the menstrual cramps turned into severe pain, but luckily for only a day or so each period. I also developed very heavy bleeding, with large clots.

Gyn suggested D&C, which was performed in March; pain is MUCH better (now just back to severe cramps), but bleeding increased. Miss about a day of work each month (first due to pain, now do to bleeding).

Now gyn is suggesting an IUD with hormones to see if it will supress the bleeding. I'm not certain I want to go another hormone route, since BCP, DepoProvera, and norethindrone made me CRAZY (almost homicidal crazy). I really want to stay away form the hormose, esp. progesterone, since I seem to be VERY sensitive to it.

But the IUD uses some type of hormone, I think progesterone. The Gyn says that it's a very small, localized dosage, and shouldn't get into the bloodstream (and have a system affect like the oral and injections do).

My last appt was last week - the Gyn basically said because of my age (37, 38 in Oct), she had to protect my reproductive ability. Of course, I'm angry at that because I don't want (nor have I ever wanted) children. My husband is 49 years old, for god sake!

Gyn said the IUD would be next step in treatment of heavy bleeding. Then if that didn't work, she'd suggest an ablation.

I've been told by my primary care doctor that this Gyn is surgery happy; I figure if I can't get this Gyn to recommend surgery (either ablation or hyst), no one in the area would.

Anyone have any input on the hormone IUD? Any thoughts as to whether the hormone would cause the same emotional side effects as the BCP, DepoProvera, nortenthindrone??

One last complication (but a good one) - since starting a stringent exercise program (5-6 days a week, 45-60 mins a day), the severe monthly cramps have gotten MUCH better; still uncertain as to the effect on the bleeding, but I think that may have improved as well. Only have 1 period to go on, but it was the first period of my life that I wasn't miserable due to pain, cramps or excessive bleeding.

I'm inclined to wait for 6 months or so and see how things go.

Any input would be appreciated!!!
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Unread 07-21-2003, 10:36 AM
IUD for heavy bleeding?

Hi Jill,

I think your gyn is recommending the Mirena coil. Although I never had this treatment, you'll find other gals here who have used it. If you do a search (use Search button at top of page) using the Keywords "Mirena coil" you'll get a list of threads that mention this.

I'm sorry to hear that your bleeding has gotten worse, but it does sound like the exercise program may be helping. Has your gyn ever suggested a cause for the cramping/bleeing? I am wondering about adenomyosis, which is very hard to diagnose but produces these kind of symptoms.

Even though your gyn supposedly is "surgery happy" I think it's definitely worth getting a second opinion from another gyn before you progress to another treatment. You really have nothing to lose here. As for wanting to protect your fertility, this does seem to be common when patients are under 40, despite the fact that some ladies are very certain they don't want children. Again, I think getting another opinion and perhaps finding another gyn who is more understanding of your desires would be a good thing.

Sending hugs your way. Please let us know how you are doing and what you decide about seeing another gyn and other treatments.

Unread 02-06-2012, 03:52 AM
Re: IUD for heavy bleeding?

I've had 3 Mirena's in over the last 7 or so years, 1st one saved my life, the pain and bleeding I had stopped, for the 1st 3 months of gettin it put in I spotted but then after that for over 5 years I had a great life, no pain, new every few months that I was overalating* they can only stay in for 5 years, so after that one was taken out , I thought maybe everythings fixed itself, i'll leave it out, was out for a year, pain and bleeding, had another one in , didnt work, D&C done and another one put in, sadly , it didnt work either.. but as I said... it worked first time round, and I always say to the dr's , It saved me for those 5 years,,,,,,, hysteretomy was next step

food for thought, hope it helps some

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