Many women experience troublesome periods, especially as they get older. With a family history of heavy and sometimes painful periods, I pretty much thought it was normal that mine could get a little worse with age. Throughout my life, no abnormalities had ever been detected through a gynecological exam and I sustained a healthy, complication-free pregnancy in my early 20s. However, no sooner than I began my 30s, my menstrual cycle went haywire.
Alarming Changes in Menstrual Cycle
Between 2009 and 2010, I started to notice significant changes in my menstrual cycle. With each new cycle, my symptoms continued to worsen:
-Increasingly Heavy Blood Flow
-Large Clots and Tissue
-Irregular Menstrual Cycles
-Periods Lasting Over a Week at a Time
Self-Diagnosis Is a Bad Idea
We’ve all done it from time to time, perused the symptom checker on WebMD. What a mistake that is! I was convinced I had everything from cancer to a prolapsed uterus, and little did I know, the stress from the uncertainty was ultimately making everything worse. At the time I was without insurance, so I endured several months while my health deteriorated.
After almost a year of profuse bleeding, I had become seriously anemic and was experiencing tachycardia. Simple activities, like washing my hair, would literally exhaust me. In between incessant bathroom trips to contain this seemingly non-stop horror, I continued to scour the web in hopes for remedy. Ultimately, I wound up in the hospital.
Diagnosis: Pedunculated Fibroid
One fateful day, the bleeding became so uncontrollable that I had to be taken by ambulance to the ER. Once there, a vaginal ultrasound determined that I had a pedunculated fibroid. This large, tennis-ball sized mass had been lingering in my uterus for quite some time and was literally bleeding me to death. As a result, I required a 4-unit blood transfusion and vaginal myomectomy.
My doctor explained that there are several factors that can contribute to the development of fibroids. In my case specifically, low progesterone was the culprit. Hormonal imbalance can be triggered by anything from environmental toxins, to everyday stress. I started using natural progesterone cream right before I ended up in the hospital and from what my doctor advised, I might have never developed the fibroid had I started using it sooner.
I have been using natural progesterone for four years now and my periods have been more regular and pain-free than ever before. After my horrific experience with fibroids, I would definitely recommend it to anyone with menstrual irregularities. I just wish I had known about it sooner.
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