reply to post by thedoctorswife
Some great advice here already, I went through all sorts of tests, got prodded, poked and scanned, both for endometriosis and PCOS, and it was
neither, I just have extremely heavy periods, other than that, there is nothing wrong with me. I was told it would get better once I was older, it
didn't. I was told it would get better after I had had a child, it didn't. It is just one of those things that I have learnt to live with. Most of
the time I took the combined pill continuously, just cutting out the period altogether. Which is what I would recommend as the most effective
solution if it works. None of the other forms worked, with the injections or implants, I just had continuous bleeding, which though lighter, was no
solution because I still had the painful cramps, equally continuously.
To cope with the hormone fluctuations, which are, if she's anything like me, quite severe (generally causing vomiting and mood swings), the best thing
I found was using a combination of Evening Primrose Oil, I take three a day in the run up to my period, and a high starch diet in the week preceding
when I usually get PMS (which is the week preceding my period starting).
I kept for many months a diary, detailing pains, aches, PMS symptoms etc, which eventually showed me that there was a pattern and enabled me to
predict certain aspects and try various things to see how they helped, or for that matter made it worse. Stress and depression alone can have a
massive effect on your flow, and although you cannot always prevent such things, you can be prepared. The diary also revealed to me that I have a
four monthly cycle, and also I have an extremely heavy period at the Vernal equinox, I call it my 'Spring Tide'. Again, none of this really changes
the periods, but I do feel in control and I know what to expect, and that does reduce the stress element, not to mention the potential embarassment of
flooding in public. I know to keep a low profile on those days and carry a change of 'bottoms', just in case.
I do recommend though that your daughter gets a referral to a good gynacologist, just to make sure that everything is as it should be, as I said,
stress can often make matters much worse than they need to be, but more than anything, the diary is a good place to start, so that she can take
control of her cycle and not allow it to affect her any more than it has to.
edit on 13-5-2012 by Biliverdin because: (no reason given)