Perimenopausal Nurses and their woes

  1. Apparently the average nurse is about my age, which is 49. Well, I am having my third heavy period in a row, which came in quick succession. Before that I went about 2 months without one. I'm sick of periods, they are a PITA. I thought they were winding down, then BAM! there came 3 of them with only a 2 or 3 week break between them. I'm really glad they don't require white pants at work.
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  2. 38 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    That's way too much information.
  4. by   SuesquatchRN
    Quote from Tweety
    That's way too much information.
    Oh, sweet Tweety, anything with "meno" in the title should alert the male of the species to stay far, far away in his happy place.

    I had a hard time with it. A low dosage BCP helped me for the last few years. When I (almost) stopped menstruating on that for a few months I knew that the time had blessedly come, et voila! Menopause! I was 50 and 5 months. 12/6/2003. Not that I celebrate or anything.

    Two tampons and a pad for now.
  5. by   prmenrs
    It's TMI for me, too, and I'm a woman. I'm moving this to the break room as it is non-nursing related.
  6. by   leslie :-D
    i can see this being moved to the breakroom, but what and where was the too much information?
    sheeeeeeeeeeeeesh!
    nothing like shaming someone into being quiet.

    and gardendove, the peri part can go on for a few yrs, with the irreg periods.
    you can actually have a bloodtest which will tell you how close to menopause you actually are.
    i think it has to do with fsh.
    good luck to you....and yes i agree- good riddance!

    leslie
  7. by   VickyRN
    GardenDove, we at AllNurses can offer no medical advice - a visit to your OB-GYN is in order. However, you do have our sympathies. I know you're miserable now, but this too shall pass. Many women experience very heavy menstrual bleeding and erratic periods right before menopause. The extreme hormone shifts and "personal summer" blasts aren't easy to take either. Hope you find the help and answers you need.
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Sounds like she was just venting frustration of her physical problems, not a solicitation for medical advice.
  9. by   muffie
    my last two monthlies have come with gawd-awful body aches and pains and extreme tiredness--that's tough for a girl who usually feels 110 %

    the shape of things to come...ughhhhh

    bring it on and get it done
  10. by   Sheri257
    Quote from GardenDove
    I'm really glad they don't require white pants at work.
    Hopefully the guys will stay away from this thread but ... I can definitely relate to this.

    Try being perimenopausal and getting through nursing school, where you had to wear white every time you set foot into the hospital.

    That was a lot of fun.

    You'd think they might consider this a problem ... especially with a lot of older women in our class. But, apparently, it didn't occur to them ... even though a lot of our instructors were perimenopausal also.

    But the instructors, of course, didn't have to wear white so I guess it wasn't their problem.

    Man ... did I sweat those days. It was absolutely horrible.

    Thankfully, it's over. I'm burning my white uniforms as we speak (just kidding ... sort of).

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Dec 28, '06
  11. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Sounds like she was just venting frustration of her physical problems, not a solicitation for medical advice.
    :yeahthat: :yeahthat: :yeahthat:

    My blood test (level of estrogen) 0.01 reveals that I'm post-menopausal but I'm not. I went 9 months w/o a period, then had two in a row, light, now it's been 2 months.

    I'm 51 y/o. I've been going through this for almost two years. It began to drive me crazy...fatigue, trouble sleeping, moodiness, joint pain, sweats, headaches...I started on the lowest dose Prempro. It definately helps. I vowed not to take HRT but it got to the point it was HRT or insanity.
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    I've experienced heavy bleeding off and on for 10 years now - I do remember having to leave school once to change clothes and also remember one time during clinical bleeding at the patient's bedside and a kind housekeeper noticed and got me some clean scrubs.

    I've had this happen more times in my life than I care to remember. At work, at home, in the store.

    I'm also severely anemic at times and take iron supplements.

    I've been offered water ablation but I just can't make myself do it. Destroying the lining of my uterus sounds like asking for trouble to me . . . some cancers are caused by constant irritations (esophageal CA caused by years of reflux) that I just can't get past that.

    For now, I'll live with it - I'm 49. But next summer prior to going to Vietnam again, I will ask my gyno for the bcp that keeps you from having a period for months - having a heavy period while in Vietnam in rural villages was not fun.

    As for TMI . . . . stay away from threads with "menopause" in them.

    steph
  13. by   DutchgirlRN
    Have you noticed that all women's problems begin with men!?

    MENstruation
    MENopause
    MENtal Breakdown
    MENtal Illness
    MENstrural Cramps

    Anymore?
  14. by   walkingrock
    Quote from dutchgirlrn
    have you noticed that all women's problems begin with men!?

    menstruation
    menopause
    mental breakdown
    mental illness
    menstrural cramps

    anymore?



    Quote from dutchgirlrn
    :yeahthat: :yeahthat: :yeahthat:

    my blood test (level of estrogen) 0.01 reveals that i'm post-menopausal but i'm not. i went 9 months w/o a period, then had two in a row, light, now it's been 2 months.

    i'm 51 y/o. i've been going through this for almost two years. it began to drive me crazy...fatigue, trouble sleeping, moodiness, joint pain, sweats, headaches...i started on the lowest dose prempro. it definately helps. i vowed not to take hrt but it got to the point it was hrt or insanity.
    :yeahthat: ditto...i'm 51, went for a year without a period around 5 yrs ago...my blood test then came back that i was not menopausal...and i've had periods since and did a patch for quite a few years for extreme hot flashes...then went off hrt...again in the last 6 mo the hot flashes and periods got unbearable and decided to go back on as low as dose as i could...has helped, am really tired of this :deadhorse . . . i started getting every time i got a period, until i went back on the hrt. had virtually nothing this month...would love to be done with this!! my fnp at my gyn's office shared with me that she finally had a hysterectomy at age 57, that had been medically indicated since she was in her 30's, but she hadn't wanted to do it at that young age...she was still having her periods at 57! she wishes she had done it much sooner. my sister (twin, also a nurse) works in outpt surgery...she says she has been seeing more and more ablations being done, and women are really liking the result...i wonder about what the op (steph, i think) said though about the potential for cancer from irritation.
    Last edit by walkingrock on Dec 29, '06 : Reason: grammar & punctuation...

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