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birth control pill to stop heavy periods
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birth control pill to stop heavy periods

I'm 53 (my mother went into menopause at 55).  I had approx 6 months of heavy periods with clotting - each incident lasted for 2 weeks - then 2 weeks later, it started again.  Went to a new gyno - who prescribed both an ultrasound and an emdometrial biopsy - both showed no internal problems. She put me on Seasonale bcp which works on your hormones to give you a period every 4 months. Bleeding stopped in 2 days - worked great in that regard. However, I've been on the pill for 5 1/2 months and have gained considerable amount of weight and have been reading all the negative side effects (experiencing a few myself). I decided to stop taking them (doc said well, you'll start bleeding again). I'd like to try some alternative solution - since I really believe someone my age should not be on bcp. Any advice? thanks - Karen
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A. There are many birth control pills.  Perhaps one that causes a period each month would be more comfortable for you to take and not cause the weight gain to continue.  Some are low dose and designed for women near menopause and are a reasonable choice for women in your situation.  However, after the 4 months of Seasonale, you might not bleed for a while or even not at all anyway. You
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Thank you for your response.  I have stopped taking seasonale and, if my symptoms reappear, I will ask for another way of treating them.
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