I have always had a heavy period, but 15 years ago, my periods took over my life. Just having my period was time consuming—sometimes I would have to change my tampon 15 times in a single day. I couldn’t plan activities or attend events in fear I wouldn’t be close enough to a bathroom in case I had an emergency. Years ago, I went on vacation with my family to the beach and while they were all laying in the sun on the beach, I was cooped up in the hotel room, bleeding heavily. Why bother going to the beach to try to relax when I’d have to get up every hour to be in the bathroom? I started canceling plans with friends, giving fake excuses, because who wants to hear about my period? They could all handle their periods, so why couldn’t I handle mine?
I began to get migraines and was feeling hopeless. I made an appointment with my gynecologist who explained that heavy menstrual bleeding is a condition and it can be treated. Music to my ears! She continued to explain that it is a common condition that millions of women suffer from, but few discuss. It was such a relief to know I was not alone and there was a solution. I learned that I was so exhausted all the time because I was losing large amounts of blood every month. It turns out I wasn’t overreacting and my heavy period was actually taking over my life.
We discussed a few options to get me my life back. A hysterectomy was the most common treatment for heavy periods, but I wasn’t comfortable with such a major surgery and the six weeks recovery time. Then my doctor recommended an endometrial ablation. It was the best and easiest option for me – it was quick, and I was back to work on Monday after having the procedure on Friday. Two years later, and I haven’t had a single period or any of the burdening symptoms.
- Posted by holx-admin
- On July 14, 2014