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  •  yes. get checked out, mapamp. soon. please. (11+ / 0-)

    my periods were always irregular, then the space between them got longer, and then I went 13 months without one.

    at the 12 month mark I celebrated, thinking it was all over.  I had had very painful periods all my life and I was glad to see it go.

    then the flood of Noah arrived at a most inopportune time.  

    I got blood all over the sheets, bedspread and mattress cover of a bed that was not my own, and had no access to any painkillers for the first day of the horrible cramping.

    fortunately someone told me that that was considered an abnormality that required a doctor visit.  as soon as I was able I went to my gyn, who recommended an endometrial biopsy.

    He found unusual cells.

    So i had the hysteroscope and he found a polyp.

    the polyp was biopsied and he found cells he liked even less.  my doctor called me personally at home, and because he woke me out of a sound sleep I did not recognize his voice and hung up on him, thinking he was a salesman.  he called back.

    to make a long story short, the pre-cancerous cells, while still technically "pre" cancerous, were alarming enough that he told me his next surgery availability was in a few days and he wanted me to have a hysterectomy.  We had previously discussed the possibility so it wasn't out of the blue.

    After my hysterectomy when the pathology report came back clear, and the bad cells had not spread across the uterine lining, I could not stop thinking about how grateful I was that someone told me it was a serious medical event to have a period, especially a heavy one, after going a year without.

    If I had not been told that, I might not have gone to my doctor when I did, and the bad cells might not have been discovered until the "pre" designation no longer applied...

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    by TrueBlueMajority on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 06:55:14 PM PST

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    •  That is actually why I had a biopsy done (8+ / 0-)

      because the last period was so bad and so unusual that I couldn't keep up.  I had had an ablation years before.  But I was back to changing a super orange tampax every 1/2 hour, along with terrible cramping and no clots ... and I always have clots ... have always had clots.

      and yes "pre-cancerous" has crossed my mind too.

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      by Clytemnestra on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:19:29 PM PST

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      •  i'm surprised to hear that (6+ / 0-)

        i almost had an ablation, and it did not work out at the last minute.  to think I might have gone through that pain and still had to endure heavy periods and cramping

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        by TrueBlueMajority on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 10:00:14 PM PST

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        •  the ablation has worked well for many years (3+ / 0-)
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          and I'm glad I had it ... this one off heavy period is WHY they wanted to look to see if something else was going on, because now a heavy "I can't keep up with it" period is out of the norm for me.

          There is a full failure rate with ablation (though the rate is small).  My periods have returned but they are manageable where they were not before.

          Given what was going on at the time, I'd do it again.

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          by Clytemnestra on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 08:29:03 AM PST

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