Towards the beginning of 2020, my periods became more painful, heavier and longer.
It didn't happen all at once, it was a gradual build up. I thought it was the stress from such a strange year, or the fact I was getting older or maybe the extra weight I had put on. So I didn't think too much of it. In November I saw a Woman's Health nurse at the hospital I go to, which is a Military hospital. She too didn't see anything out of the ordinary, and the fact that I was now anemia must be from my diet, not from the large amount of blood loss I had been experiencing. She was very wrong. That day I had to go home early, soon after I got back to work from the appointment. The pain I felt was very reminiscent of labor pains. Two days after that I was in the ER. I turned sheet white from losing another large amount of blood. An ultrasound was done, and a large fibroid was found. It is in a difficult place in my uterus to remove. The new doctor I was referred to explained my options and we decided to try birth control first. This did nothing, and again was back in the ER a month later. Blood clots blocked blood from leaving my body, and when they let go, so did the blood that was pooling up during the day. During this month time frame I researched my options. I came to decision that a hysterectomy would be the best course of action. Up until this month, I as still having regular timed periods, although they would last 9 to 14 days. This month was different. I came on time, but hasn't stopped. I am exhausted due to the anemia, and I am getting frequent migraines from the birth control. I have been absent on this website for a long time, with little energy to keep up with conversations. I apologize for not being here. What I have learned from this experience is not to over look changes in your body. Yes some changes will be normal. However, it is best to make sure you are having checked out.