Heavy periods are a heavy burden: Amy’s Story
At Change the Cycle, we’re talking to real women about what they experience when they have heavy periods. We believe that by sharing stories, we empower one another to find the right solutions for our particular bodies. We’d love to hear from you.
*Amy Linden, a publicist, now in her mid-50’s, and in menopause, says, “I would call the first two days of EVERY period Crime Scene Days, because my periods were so heavy, I almost couldn’t even leave the house.” She doubled up on pads, and changed her extra large Tampon every hour or so. “I had to schedule my entire life around those first two days—since I never wanted to be ‘caught’ in a situation where I was bleeding through,” she says.
By the time Amy had reached 50, she’d had it. Her periods grew even heavier after the birth of her second child. ‘I asked my doctor at every check-up, if there were any new options available to help, other than the pill, or IUD.” She wasn’t interested in using either. She had read about the IUD, and was not comfortable using it, and she wasn’t interested in the pill, for a variety of health reasons. So, she just kept suffering.
“I considered a hysterectomy,” she says, “but I thought it was a rather intense solution.” Out of options, she finally decided to try an IUD. This is what happens to many women who suffer from heavy bleeding. Forced to choose from a small number of treatments, they often wind up having to choose something they’re not comfortable with, and that isn’t optimal for their health, or situation.
Amy wishes she’d had more information on her heavy periods, because they took a toll. She could have been a candidate for the NovaSure endometrial ablation system, a simple procedure that can be done right in your doctor’s office, and is quick and effective for lightening, and even ending heavy bleeding for women who are done having children, like Amy. Of course, it’s important to note that, before having any procedure, including the Novasure procedure, it’s vital to talk to your doctor about the potential of any risks involved.
Amy says that women experiencing heavy bleeding shouldn’t hesitate to discuss their situation with their doctor, and that they should do as much research as they can to learn about all their options. She doesn’t think her doctor was aware of the NovaSure procedure or would have told her about it. When we tell her about it, she says, “That sounds so much better than having to have used an IUD!”
Different solutions are good for different women. Knowing what your options are, is imperative. If you think the NovaSure procedure might be right for you, talk to your doctor about it. It may be what you need to help make your heavy periods history. Want to know more about the Novasure product? Just click here. We’d love to hear your story. Do you have heavy periods? What have you tried?
*Note: Amy Linden is a pseudonym, because the real “Amy” didn’t feel comfortable identifying herself. Many women feel uncomfortable taking about this subject, which only makes it even harder for women experiencing it. Change the Cycle believes in exploring real women’s stories and real options, so that every woman with heavy bleeding understands what she can do to live a full and healthy life.
- Posted by holx-admin
- On June 15, 2015