My heavy bleeding controlled my life. I work at a hair salon and would dread going to work because of my sporadic and surprising heavy period. I would be in the middle of an appointment, and all of the sudden, I felt as though blood was about to rush out of me. In the middle of drying someone’s hair, I’d drop the dryer to run to the restroom. It was embarrassing, inconvenient and hard to explain.
I scheduled a time to speak with my gynecologist to understand what was going on. She explained that African American women are more prone to heavy bleeding and after further testing to explore the situation, we discovered that I had fibroids on my uterus contributing to my heavy bleeding. We didn’t discuss options to treat the fibroids, and instead decided we’d wait it out to see what would happen naturally. During that four year long wait, my heavy bleeding was affecting my daily life and I felt isolated from my friends who didn’t understand my situation. Not only was I avoiding my friends, I was avoiding my own husband. If I had to attend a function I made sure to stand in the back of the room never knowing if I would have to run out to the bathroom. My periods were becoming heavier and I started to find blood clots in my underwear. I was throwing out clothes and sheets from accidents and knew something had to change.
After talking to my doctor again, we decided to try hormone therapy. It gave me headaches and made no difference with my heavy periods. We discussed other options and I decided on a myomectomy. Since the surgery, my period has been 50% better, though it is still unpredictable in timing and I never know if it will be a heavy period or a light period. My doctor suggested we try birth control again, but since it didn’t work before, I didn’t want to try it again. I am still searching for a solution—anything that can help me control this. I’m waiting for the day when I don’t have to worry and can finally wear white!
- Posted by holx-admin
- On August 11, 2014