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Dear Flower, Chickie, Christine, and Moommin,

Thanks for your very helpful info! And happy birthday, Flower!

Yes, Christine, you read that right:

My doc has never referred me to a gynecologist, upon telling her, at each monthly appointment since last August, that I have been bleeding DAILY - often very heavily - since August, 2007. For eleven months now.

(Have any of you seen Margaret Cho, on a women's comedy special, saying, "If men could have periods, their apartments would look like scenes from a murder.") Sorry if TMI! My bathroom has looked like a laundromat for almost a year.

THANK YOU for confirming that this is a problem that should be looked into, and that "exercise" isn't the only solution. I could never believe that's all my doc would advise for me. Given that she doesn't seem like the kind of doc who would dismiss women's problems - she's definitely feminist - I kept wondering why she didn't tell me more, or send me to a gyn.

I will DEFINITELY go to a gynecologist, ASAP. Because I'm a student and partially disabled, I get public-health funded medical care. I had to let it expire when life was hectic during finals last month, so it will take 45 days to get approval again so I can see someone. But I will definitely go, promptly.

In the meantime, there is a nurse from my doc's clinic, who specializes in reproductive health and does Pap's, etc. who comes regularly to my school's health center to provide those services. I am going there tomorrow to discuss my anemia and B-12 defic. more with a nurse practitioner, will bring my lab results, and request seeing the reproductive care nurse there ASAP.

It is very helpful to get an overview from your posts re: what the possible sources and options are. I'm sorry for those of you have been through this, and appreciate your encouragement, and good news from ChickieLou and Flower regarding this. And Shirley, please keep us posted on how the embolization works for you.

Thanks especially for the advice to get to the source of the iron defic. and to not just take hormones without first finding out if there is some sort of growth such as polyps, fibroids, etc. Thanks for the tip about WFs supplement policy, Chickie.

Last night, I pulled out a copy of Kathy Smith's book (the fitness trainer), "Moving Through Menopause," and it was the most helpful explanation of menopause I've found so far - simple, but explains such things as age range for menopause, indicators, problems, polyps, fibroids, ablation, etc. and of course, exercise and nutrition, which was helpful.

I'm curious - are any of these possible problems dangerous, or just very inconvenient?

Regardless, this bleeding is definitely creating or contributing to the anemia, and must be stopped to stop the anemia. The fatigue and foggy thinking are a problem. Today I biked to school just 1 mile, but felt like I was going to fall off the bike the whole way there and home.

So I will definitely go see the reprod. nurse immediately, and a gyn ASAP.

In the meantime, last night I started drinking Femini-Tea again. It's available at natural foods stores, for balancing hormones. With my PCOS, I found drinking it helped induce periods, and am wondering if it will help balance hormones (in the other direction!). Today my period was quite light, but it's too soon to tell. Has anyone here used Femini-Tea?

(Trust me, that is just something I will try until I can get in to see the nurse and gyn. I will definitely go see them!)

I'm pissed at my doc for not helping me with a referral and better info. A year of exhaustion and poor school performance from not knowing what the heck was wrong.

Thanks so much, everyone,
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