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Help!  It's my daughter.... Help! It's my daughter....

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Unread 02-02-2003, 02:51 PM
Help! It's my daughter....

Does anyone have any experience with 14 year old daughters and puberty? My daughter started her period about 6 mo's ago. IT's never been regular much less consistent. I know that our bodies,when we first start this, don't "plateau" until we're about 17. But...my question is....this past month she's had 2 periods. The first one was 9 days long and 'normal" for her. THen, 10 days later she started again. IT's been 12 days and she's still bleeding. This isn't spotting! Now, she's not filling up a pad an hour, but 12 days???? Does anyone have any experience with their daughters doing this? The doctor already said young bodies are irregular, and of course I need to watch for anemia, but we're going on 12 days with no relief in sight. There's no winding down in this flow. It's been consistently messy for 12 days now. Her cramping has picked up too. I feel like I"m being plagued with uterus's! I have all my own issues I"m trying to wrap my head around and now I"m concerned about her. I don't know what to do for her, or if htere is anything I can or should do.....or just wait it out. I'm worried. Thx....
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Unread 02-02-2003, 02:59 PM
Sounds hormonal to me

I had a similar experience when I was about her age myself. (That was a very long time ago!!) I started out with very irregular periods, mid cycle bleeding, etc. When I was about her age I flowed for 40 days straight at which time my mom did take me to a gynecologist who gave me an injection to stop the flow. From then on I was just my 'normal' irregular with bad cramps. I'm glad I had my family before I learned about adenomyosis. I might have been tempted to have my hysterectomy sooner!

If you are in touch with your doctor and he doesn't seem worried, I don't think you should worry either. At some point she can have her hemoglobin checked. Make sure she eats iron rich foods and maybe your doctor will suggest an iron supplement. At least for awhile I'd take your doctor's advice and see if things sort themselves out. If she gets sick of it that would be a good time for her to see the doctor.

Good luck to you both!

Joselle
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Unread 02-02-2003, 03:36 PM
Help! It's my daughter....

My only daughter is 9 1/2 and hopefully has a few more years before she has to deal with periods and such. But, I can understand your worry. If you aren't comforted by what the doc said, seek a second opinion. I had my first period at 14 and they've always been LONG and irregular except when I was on the bc pill. Maybe that would be an option for her??
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Unread 02-02-2003, 05:30 PM
Help! It's my daughter....

thx guys. I appreciate your help. I've considered asking the MD about the pill to see if it will help...but figured I'd need a little history (like having to go through this for a couple months or so) before it would warrant the conversation. I would freak out if she bled for 40 days! I'm going to consult the pediatrician tomorrow to see if she concurs with the OB. It's been 30 years since I was this age so I don't remember what I went through, other than heavy painful periods. Thx for your thoughts...
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Unread 02-02-2003, 10:56 PM
Help! It's my daughter....

I agree with asking the ped.. the obgyn is used to women "of age" and not 14 year olds. The ped might be more on top of what is normal for that age and might suggest testing her hormone levels and finding out if the pill can help. It might be that a dose of progesterone can help stem the flow, so to speak. I have had that in the past and it worked ok.. didn't stop the flow right away, but when I took it, things got heavier, then I stopped taking it and slowed, then stopped. Progesterone makes the body believe it has ovulated, so the lining thickens (which can cause even heavier bleeding).. then when you stop taking the progesterone, the level drops, making your body believe it is time for a period.. and the lining sheds. It is a trick that works for some women.. if your daughter continues to bleed, I would ask the dr about this.

Poor dear.. I feel for her. It is terrible to have to deal with this from the start. I hope it ends up being a one time thing and never ever happens to her again!
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Unread 02-16-2003, 08:45 AM
14 year old

Hi my dd started hers when she was 12and half,, now she barley has them, I am thinking of having go on the pill to regulate her too.
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Unread 02-17-2003, 07:57 AM
Help! It's my daughter....

When my daughter started her periods, she also would flow
for long periods 10-12 days. The pediatrician said that
periods can be irregular for the first year or so. She was not
willing to treat with anything except a pain reliever for cramps.
Her recommendation was to see a Gyn if the problems persisted.
They did eventually level out some, although she still flows
longer than most girls.
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Unread 02-18-2003, 12:58 AM
Help! It's my daughter....

Unspooled, any update on your daughter? I have been thinking about this post a lot lately, mainly the suggestions of having her go on the pill.. I want to suggest that you be very careful about putting a young woman on the pill as a solution to hormonal imbalances.

I have been dealing with infertility problems for over 5 years and have been the "local (but not medical) expert" on several infertility sites over the years. This is because when I hear of a certain problem, I will research it into the ground and find as many references to the problem as I can and give them to the person looking for answers. In these years, I have watched a lot of different types of infertility pass before me, it's amazing how diverse the problems are. Many many many women, and I am not exaggerating, have serious problems with infertility after being on the pill, or using Depo-Provera (the shot that is toted as being more effective than the pill). It is best that women are told up front that it is very possible to have serious infertility problems after taking the pill for several years. A lot of these women end up never ovulating on their own, have major FSH disfunction and find that their pituitary function is screwed up where hormones are concerned.

I don't discount the therapeutic effects, since I have witnessed those firsthand, but it should be taken into consideration, that a woman may have later problems with hormonal disfunction after taking the pill long-term. It might be wise to seek a shorter-term solution to the problem, even if that means taking the pill for 4-6 months, then stopping and seeing what happens. Or immediately consulting a specialist, a reproductive endocrinologist if possible, to evaluate the situation and see what is best, long-term.
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Unread 02-18-2003, 09:14 AM
beanlet

Hi thanks for the advice, need every bit I can get. Come to think of it I was on the pill at 15 on and off till I was 27. Had just the one dd and couldnt concieve after. Good subject to bring up. thanks angie
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Unread 02-18-2003, 02:02 PM
Help! It's my daughter....

Hi, my DD is 14 and she bleeds very irregular. She started summer of 2001. She will skip a month or two and then have long 10 day periods w/ heavy cramps.
I'm tracking it for her right now and my thoughts were that if she didn't get somewhat regular, (they seem to be coming every month now), then I would have all the info to present to the dr. when needed.
BTW, I was also on the pill from 15 to 25 and only conceived one time. Wonder what that's about?
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