To answer everyone’s questions:
I’m only in my mid-20’s, so how could I possibly be experiencing menopause? I haven’t even had a baby yet, and I’m still a newlywed.
My diet hasn’t changed much, but over the past 1.5 years my cycle has not been normal. Like I said before, it was regular but there were a lot of stressful incidences which occurred between that time and late last year. I got sick a few times and had to practically take horsepills (antibiotics) each time because I was affected so badly. This happened almost once every 1.5-2 months. Then there was a time where I didn’t get my period for a couple of months, and that hasn’t happened to me since I was a preteen and first started my period.
During this time, I’ll admit that I gained a lot of weight-- from the time that I got married up until the last few months I gained about 20 pounds. Right now I am in an effort to lose that weight (and more). Whenever I tried to talk to a nurse or doctor about it, I’d usually get answers such as “you don’t need to bleed every month”, “why don’t you try the pill,” or “this is normal.” I even had my FSH and LH tested because when I didn’t get my period I honestly thought I was pregnant. The results said “normal” and I wasn’t pregnant.
To be honest, it’s not so much the not getting my period part that greatly concerns me, but the amount of bleeding I’ve been getting. Once again not to be TMI, but I never used to get lots of clots and now I do. In fact, some of the clots almost make me scream :eek: I’ve also started going through a couple jumbo packs of tampons as well, when before it would take me a couple months just to go through one. I’ve also had to change them once every hour, and for this cycle (right now), I’ve been bleeding for 3 weeks, and had to change tampons once every hour to 2 hours for an entire week. There have been a couple nights where I bled through, and these were the super plus tampons.
This is a little distressing because I work a job where I don’t always get the luxury of being able to go to the restroom when I want. I’ve already had a couple small accidents at work (thankfully no one else noticed, and I wear oversized dark t-shirts) because I bled that much.
I looked at the links which were suggested, and the only ob/gyn that I found which was close to me was retired:confused: I need to be able to find a doctor within close distance, and that will also work with insurance. As of now (this will change), I don’t have health insurance to go to a ob/gyn. In fact, I’ve never been to a ob/gyn (you can yell at me if you like) because in the past I was never sexually active up until marriage.
I really don’t want to go to the doctor only for them to tell me to take hormones, or that everything’s “normal” after they run a test, or related.