First of all this is the for My WIFE not myself !
Micky is 37, we have had 4 Children and she was sterilised almost 10 years ago.
She's been feeling tired for the past few months and she tends to work a hectic job between 3pm - 10pm so sometimes she has problems relaxing / sleeping.
Our local doctor gave her some Iron tablets which did seem to make her feel a bit better but hasn't altered her periods.
She used to be fairly regular 25/28 days.
What we are worried about is when she has her period which lasts 5-7 Days in just 2 weeks time she starts again. We started logging the days/times over the past 10 weeks and its seems very consistant.
What we're to find out is should we be worried and should she be going for TESTS ?
Is she experiencing any other symptoms? Pain, bloating, mood changes? She may want to go for tests because it is most likely some kind of hormone imbalance. The iron supplements made her feel better because they are helping to replenish the blood she is losing with the increased menses, but they are not likely to cure the underlying problem. I don't know much about either condition but here are two possibllities:
1. Perimenopause - which can happen as early as the late 30's.
2. Anovulatory bleeding
Normally during the menstrual cycle, the production of progesterone in the latter 2 weeks of the cycle balances out the regenerative effects of estrogen, halting further endometrial growth. In anovulation, the level of estrogen does not decline, and progesterone is not secreted to balance out the effects of estrogen.
Endometrial growth does not stop and the endometrial tissue accumulates and thickens, resulting in abnormally heavy bleeding. Also, without progesterone, the endometrium lacks structural support and sloughs off irregularly, causing heavy and/or irregular periods.
Anovulatory periods are common in the 2 or 3 years following menarche (first menstrual period) and during the several years preceding menopause. Up to 80% of menstrual cycles are anovulatory during the first year following menarche. As a woman approaches menopause, she may have 8 to 10 anovulatory periods a year.
Women who take oral contraceptives and those on estrogen replacement therapy may also have anovulatory cycles. Stress and illness can also trigger anovulation.
Pain - no
bloating - no
Tired - All the time !
Mood changes - Hell YES !
But to be fair she gets very Touchy/Moody every time around her menstrual period.
So she's doing my head in 2 weeks a month instead of just the 1. (chuckle!)
Thats really how we picked up on it .....
I've booked her an appointment at our doctors and I will frog march her in ....
I am actually really worried about her as her mum died at an early age of unknown cause and that seems to be why she's reluctant to go to the Doctors again as she's scared.
Many thanks for your advice,
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