Three weeks of heavy vaginal bleeding, very worried

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26 posts since

6 Sep 2017

I am 46 years old. Last year I went for a bladder scan and they found that the lining of the womb was abnormally thick ( but I had not had a period for 70 days). I had a biopsy which was normal but nothing else was done. My periods returned with no problems until May of this year when I had another two month gap. I came on again on the 29th July which was light for a few days but turned into 2-3 inch clots and very heavy. The clots seem to have gone but the bleeding is still heavy three weeks later. It was so bad last weekend that I went to A and E but typically it slowed down while I was there so no scan was done. I have been referred for a scan on the 3rd September but I am so worried I have booked a private one next week. The bleeding is heavy and bright red and I have pain in my right leg. I have previously suffered from ovarian cysts but it never affected my cycle. I only have one ovary now as one was removed due to a cyst. My doctor has fond blood work which was normal and included thyroid and menopause tests which came back normal and not menopausal. He prescribed Tranexamic acid to stop the bleeding but I haven’t taken it yet as I want the bleeding to stop on it’s own.

sorry about all the information. I sm meant to be starting my first teaching job in three weeks and a PhD. I am very worried that my symptoms point to something sinister. I hope it is ok to post on here. I would appreciate any advice or if anyone has had similar and it had been ok. 

169 posts since

27 Mar 2018

Hi there, not a nice situation to be in. But I don’t understand why you haven’t taken the tranexamic acid. You went to the doc for help and advice, and haven’t followed the advice. I say this as a female who some years back had very heavy bleeding, took those tablets, and things settled down. Why wait when you have a possible solution available?Please think about it.

regards, gamechanger

26 posts since

6 Sep 2017

Thank you for replying. The prescription says take for up to four days so I was worried that the bleeding would stop and then start again for the scan. Also I was hoping it would subside on its own and I could stop worrying. You are right, my husband has gone for the prescription. If you don’t mind me asking did you have prolonged bleeding as well? Thanks again

169 posts since

27 Mar 2018

Honestly, it was so long ago I’d forgotten about it until I saw “tranexamic acid,” and thought golly, I was given that.Not sure about the details I’m afraid.  

As you have a scan booked, I doubt it will make any difference whether things have settled down or not. They can still investigate.

I understand you wanting it to subside on its own, but sometimes things need medical help. If you were a bit more comfortable it might help lessen the anxiety,

Fingers crossed that you get more information soon, and can relax.

regards, gamechanger

26 posts since

6 Sep 2017

Thank you, everything you have said makes sense.

26 posts since

6 Sep 2017

A quick update, any advice or information ppreciated. I am still bleeding even with the Tranexamic and I am only allowed to take it for four days so will have to stop soon. My stomach feels bloated and I am very scared. It is now nearly four weeks since the bleeding started. Prior to this I only missed two periods and had normal cycles previously with no spotting. 

6 posts since

1 Sep 2018

Hello, I’ve had a similar issue with very heavy bleeding so much so transemic acid didn’t seem to help much, my doctor gave me norothisterone- amazing….stopped the bleeding, I’ve got a ca125 test this week- hoping for good news, I hope you are ok and things settle down xx

26 posts since

6 Sep 2017

Hi,

I have had the CA125 test done a couple of times due to previous cysts. I think this is fairly standard when they are checking this area so try not to worry about this. Please  let me know how you go on with the gynaecologist.

My bleeding carried on full pelt for another week, then a gap of four days and now spotting. The Tranexamic didn’t work for me, it’s good to know that something should stop it. I go to see a Gynaecologist tomorrow, my scan found a cyst but I don’t really know anything else until tomorrow.

Best wishes x

 

6 posts since

1 Sep 2018

Good luck tomorrow, I’m going to the doctors first thing to see if I can get the blood test sooner, I’m so confused as the guy who did my ultrasound said there were no areas of concern but now there’s these small lesions on an ovary, saying that apart from heavy bleeding I’ve had no other symptoms so I’m hoping they are just being super careful, let me know how you get on xx

6 posts since

1 Sep 2018

Good morning, just got back from doctors who said they are just being super careful but he doesn’t think there is anything to worry about phew, blood test at 11ish so hope it’s all over soon.

Thinking of you today xx

26 posts since

6 Sep 2017

Brilliant! That’s really good news re the doctor. Thank you that is kind, I will update you later. xx

1 posts since

19 Dec 2018

Hi

I read this thread as I too have been bleeding for 3 weeks and am worried. I’ve had my bloods done (awaiting results) and TVUS is booked. I was also reluctant to take tranexsmic acid. I wondered how you got on following your last post?

26 posts since

6 Sep 2017

Hi,

 

i have a follow up post up post which is four months of bleeding now rectal bleeding. Don’t worry about taking Tranexamic Acid. I found out after this post that you can take it for far longer than stipulated on the leaflet under a gynaecologist. My vaginal bleeding carried on until two weeks ago when I went for a hysteroscopy. My GP had prescribed Norethisteronevto stop the bleeding the previous week but I waited to see the consultant at the appointment  as I was worried that the bleeding would be worse when I stopped it. I am now on norethisterone for a total of 20 days and it has stopped that bleeding. The Tranexamic Acid did help the heaviness of the bleeding to some extent. I am now awaiting the results of the hysteroscopy and biopsies.

The consultant said at the hysteroscopy that she found nothing overt re the bleeding. Unfortunately I have rectal bleeding too now and a perenium hematoma, it all very confusing and upsetting.I am awaiting a colonoscopy. Let me know how you get on with the US.

2 posts since

3 Feb 2019

Hi there, my situation is exactly the same as yours.  I am 40 years old when the symtoms started in 2018 April.  I went to private doctor who prescribed me hormone tablets to stop the bleeding, but I did not take it as other people said that hormone tablets are not good.  She also gave me a scan and found that I have an 4cm ovarian cysts but she said that the fluid is clear, so that is not a problem and it is not related to my heavy bleeding.  I went to A&E as I suffered severe blood loss and I had iron water transfusion.  I was in Hong Kong on holiday when I went to A&E, the doctor did extract cell from my womb (cannot remember the proper name for this procedure), however, now I am back to UK, I did not have a chance to see the report.  I actually think that my problem started dated back to three years ago, I had abnormal heavy period and uncomfortable pain on my left side.  I went to see my GP and had a scan, she just told me that the lining of the womb was thick.  But she cannot see any other problems.  Because my period returned to normal amount (but shorter cycle, from 28days to 25days), I did not followed up until last year, my period got out of hand.  The doctor in Hong Kong prescribed me Tranexamic acid too, but I have the same point of view as yours, I would like the bleeding to stop on its own, hence, I can find out the underlying problem.

Before I went to A&E (July) in Hong Kong, I went to GP (June) first.  She just gave me some swabs to do it at home and asked me to have blood tests.  She said that the procedure has changed.  She cannot refer me to have a scan until the tests for diseases.  I said that I thought she is the one to take the samples with the swabs, she said that it has changed too, it is now the patient to do it at home.  I never used a tampon before, in the end, I did not do it cos I found it scary to use the swabs.  And I suffered from severe blood loss, I did not go for a blood test neither.

I don’t know, I just feel helpless.  May I know the situation of yours now?  Maybe everything is alright, I am just going through early menopause? (which GP and doctor in HK said that I am not, but they did not tell me what the problem is) 

26 posts since

6 Sep 2017

Hello May41,

 

My hysteroscopy showed no neoplasia or hyperplasia thank goodness but I still have daily spotting. The report did find that I had quite a severe infection which I was treated for with antibiotics.

The Mirena coil has been inserted and has got rid of the heavy periods but four months later, I have spotting most days. I am no longer as worried about anything sinister but I take PROVERA Tablets twice a day to regulate my cycle until I see the gynaecologist again in two months time. She will review my case and if the bleeding hadn’t settled I need to have an endometrial ablation. I also have an ovarian cyst and to be honest if it continues I will like to push for a hysterectomy. This has gone on too long and I have to wear a pad every day just in case.

i do take my tablets though as it was explained to me that they should regulate my cycle if I persevere. I am doing what the gynaecologist has told me until my  appointment. There is a chance it may settle.

As regards your situation, I would see if you can find out the results of what sounds like a pipelle biopsy. I would also follow the advice of your gynaecologist, my bleeding is better than it was. I was severely anemic. I am much better when I compare myself with that. 

 

Very best wishes and I hope everything gets sorted for you soon.

M

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