Hi, I have really heavy bleeding, body crippling cramps, and I start and stop my period over the course of 7 days. I'm afraid of being put on birth control because I don't want my chances of having children to decrease. What do I do?
Hi! If you were my patient, I would want you to come in for an evaluation. I would probably start with and exam and ultrasound. I would be looking for fibroids which can cause heavy periods. I would also wonder if you might have endometriosis. There are other options besides oral contraceptives. One really good option is the Mirena IUD. Sometimes taking anti-inflammatories such as Motrin or Aleve or Lysteda round the clock during your period can reduce flow as well. These are all NON-hormonal. One last tip--often oral contraceptives can actually improve your chances of having a child by protecting you from worsening endometriosis and/or hyperplasia of the uterine lining. Go see your doctor, there are lots of options! Good luck! Dr B
Hi, just a comment, my doctor suggested certain diet and lifestyle changes for a similar situation. Mainly a gluten free and soy free diet. She found I had hormone imbalances, but I can't take HRT because of a clotting disorder. So those diet changes could be additional help (with doctor approval, of course.)
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