My daughter who is almost 14 suffers greatly with severe period pain & heavy bleeding. I have tried everything, i went through the same when i was a teen. My mum put me on the pill at 14 to help, is she too young or is it wrong to start her on the pill??????
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Mary - posted on 04/14/2009
Please understand that hormones are closely related to our blood sugar level as well.
If she is having irregular periods and also growth of extra body hair on back, belly, legs, arms or face, or excess body fat, she could have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
A very common thing in teenage girls.
This is often treated with BC pills.
The reason you need to find out what her blood hormones, blood sugar is,
is because this is a thing that precludes Type 2 Diabetes.
Lots of doctors use the pill to try and settle things menstrual-cycle wise first.
But in my opinion, you should first get her blood hormone levels checked along with her blood sugar levels. Ruling out damaging Type 2 Diabetes is the smartest way to go.
Especially if she is overweight in any way.
Angie - posted on 04/13/2009
I suggest you take her to a gyn and find out WHY she's having heavy periods. I had the same issues and was put on the pill. I had a doctor later in my life tell me that putting kids on the pill is just lazy on the part of the doctor and that it's best to find the reason for the problem and treat that and not just treat the symptoms.
Sandi - posted on 04/05/2009
My GYN said it isn't too early to put girls on the pill at this age especially due to problems with their periods. Please, please don't do the Depo shot. I was on it for about a year and it sent my system into peri-menopause and I had a hysterectomy at age 34. Something about the Depo that really messes with a woman's body. Good Luck.
Mary - posted on 10/22/2011
You might want to try a chiropractor or Nutritionist first! Sometimes foods can cause things to get worse.. Putting her on the pill may sound like an easy fix but This is happening to much now. I know calcium can help a lot with the cramps try some natural remedies first! My daughter had this for about a year and we persevered and I am glad we did! She is now 18. She plans on waiting to have sex when she gets married ....this might be something you would want for your daughter too!
Tonia - posted on 04/05/2009
I am a pharmacy technician and I can tell you that birth control is a very normal treatment given. Birth control pills are prescribed often to control menstrual symptoms. You should take her in to your gynecologist and discuss it..
Lori - posted on 03/26/2009
I suffered with this when I was young. Never really improved to any great degree, regardless of being on the pill in between having two children. Finally, at age 42, I had my uterus removed - and the biopsy showed I suffered with a condition known as adnemyosis - where the lining is not completely shed during cycles, and thickens into the uterine wall, eventually causing excessive growth on the exterior uterine wall as well. Can only be 100% confirmed after hysterectomy. But I digress.......certainly not something you're going to consider for your young daughter!!
I strongly urge you to consider alternative medicine as well, leaving synthetic hormonal treatment as a last resort, if possible. My younger daughter submitted saliva for kinesiology testing, and the results showed where she was inbalanced. Part of the issue for her is that she has very thick blood - and an herbal supplement helped manage this one little thing so that her cycles are not nearly so heavy or painful. She still gets crampy a bit, but it's SO much better now. Usually, one little naproxen sodium will take the edge off, and she gets through it.
Also consider a nutritionist - my daughter became a vegetarian (pro-animal-life choice, not having to do with her cycles) and became more cognizant of by-products and ingredients when label-reading. Since she's changed her way of eating, her cycles have been alot better as well - and she's lost a few pounds that she didn't need to keep!
Good luck to you - watching our children suffer is the WORST!!
Sherry - posted on 03/25/2009
I don't think I've seen this mentioned yet, so I will. She needs to see her doctor to discuss the possibility of endometriosis. (Actually, anyone who has the above symptoms needs to) Painful periods- so painful that your body can't function normally and heavy bleeding are typical symptoms. Before you put her on the pill, discuss all sypmtoms with a doctor. My experience with endo started with periods that progressively grew worse until I was nearly passing out from the pain. This is not in any way normal and should be treated immediately. Have your daughter begin a pain journal- writing down every instance of pain and the severity, along with any other symptoms (such as the bleeding) and how often they occur. Severe pain is a serious thing and should be treated as such. Best wishes to you both. Hopefully, her situation is easily treatable :)
Brenda - posted on 03/25/2009
I had a lot of problems with pain and heavy bleeding with my periods when I was 12 and my mom had me put on the pill. It made a world of difference for me! As for her having sex...if she's gonna do it she'll do it whether or not she's on the pill...just try to maintain an open forum in that topic area and hopefully she will not feel the need to give in to sex.
I read all the replies above and have to comment on two of them....
First of all, being on the pill may or may not contribute to breast cancer, I don't know. But I do know that breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer. I read a study not too long ago that said breastfeeding for 2 years (collectively) reduces your risk of breast cancer by 75% and that percentage increases dramatically with every additional year you add. I have at this point spent 4 years and 2 months breastfeeding my children (collectively and so far...I have a 2 month old that I am currently breastfeeding). This means that my chances of breast cancer are less than 10% (according to the study). This is phenominal considering that my risk was so high, having my mother and at least 3 other women in my family diagnosed with it. Having said all that, I believe that if we use our breasts for what they were intended for it reduces the risk of developing cancer in them.
Second, in regards to Depo Provera...I know that since I was on it they have obviously improved it...BUT...when I was on it I gained 17 pounds in 14 days that I could NOT lose. After the first shot I quit taking it (due to the weight) and did not get my period for nearly 3 1/2 years after. When I DID get it back it was inconsistent and irregular...sometimes it was 3 weeks, sometimes it was 17 weeks! Then I got married and we decided to have another child together (I already had two from a previous relationship). It took a full 5 years to conceive our daughter, and there was NOTHING wrong with my husband. This was extremely frustrating, considering that before taking the Depo all I had to do was think about babies and I was pregnant.
Anyway, I hope it all goes well for your daughter!
Sarah - posted on 03/14/2009
hi just like you and your daughter i suffered badly when i was 10 yrs old.my mom used to give me a hot water bottle and a little indian brandy.it was'nt until i got older that i went on the depo injection.it was fab for period pains.infact it stopped them altogether,apparently quite normal.gd luck.
Charlie - posted on 03/12/2009
forget the pill,,,my daughter started hers when she was 9(just like me!)
she not only suffered pain n heavy bleeding but sickness and fatuge too.
she couldnt function properly with so much time off school ect,,
ask about the depo provera injection ,,,,,every 3 month and my daughter has had no problems for the past year!!!!
Jill - posted on 03/12/2009
I agree that it is best to put her on the pill. That does help regulate her periods. Plus, my OBGYN told me that taking Motrin (600 mg.) every 6-8 hours helps to slow it down. I don't know what the dosage would be for her age though. My periods were heavy too, "but since I'm finished having children", I had a Nova Sure Ablasion done. That's where they burn the lining of your Uterus. I still have a period, but it really cut back on the bleeding! Try the pill! That would be best!
Katie - posted on 03/12/2009
My daughter and myself both suffer from severe pain during our period. My doctor prescribed Ponstel which we take at the fist signs of pain during our period. It works great for both of us. A prescription of 30 goes a long way. I also put her on the pill before high school which never helped, but...she made a bad choice and had sex. We talk about sex openly and I honesly thought she was going to wait.
Helene - posted on 03/12/2009
Our daughter's doc. is a women doc and she carefully regulates the hormone levels...so she doesn't take anything stronger than she has too. We tried a lot of different remedies but nothing worked and it was affecting all areas of her life.
Lisa - posted on 03/12/2009
You can locate a alternative doctor..they can do blood work or saliva testing to find her base level hormones ....great lab to do this the Great Smokie labs in North Carolina...once they discover her proper levels they can formulate a proper dosing of the specific hromones she needs to regulate her menses...You can also emial the lab and they will send you or your doctor the kit as well and help them read it...I worked for years with a alternative doctor...her background was MD in women's healt ..she was also a ER physician for most of her practice as well as holding a Ph.D. in molecular genetics...She really opened my eyes to dangers of birth control especially unregulated.
Debjani - posted on 03/12/2009
my daughter had irregular periods. infact she was getting it every 15 days. i consulted 2 doctors and both prescribed pills to her. she had to go on 3 courses of pills 3 months each time. now thankfully she is fine. my daughter was 10 when she started her periods ,so this pill cycle started when she was 12 . it took good 2 years for everything to settle down. we still try not to get her into very strenuous activity when she gets her periods.
Shelly - posted on 03/11/2009
There was a thread on here not to long ago that was talking about this exact thing and there was a lady on there that talked about her expieriance with the pill. She ended up with breast cancer and when she talked to her doctor about it he said you should never put a child on the pill or any other hormone b/c the pill was designed to only be used for a max. of five years it should only be used for birth control between children. She was saying that her doctor told her he sees this with women that have used birth control for more than 5 years.
Please look for the thread "Should I put my daughter on..." and read the responces find her responce and then messanger her and talk with her before you make any decitions. If any thing go talk to a naturalist at your local health food store and they can give you some ideas for a natural way of helping your daughter...But PLEASE read that thread I just think it is way to important not to...If you can't find it let me know and I will find it for you!!!
Latrice - posted on 03/11/2009
You're getting her on the pill because of her horrible periods, not so she can have sex. I wish my mom would have put me on the pill when I had horrible periods. As far as worrying about her having sex because she's on the pill, it really doesn't determine whether or not she will have sex. I had sex without the pill and got pregnant at 15...another reason my mom should've put me on the pill. Just stress the std and hiv risks if you worried about her having sex but it isn't wrong. The pill will give her some much needed relief.
Helene - posted on 03/11/2009
We put our daughter on the pill when she was 14 for similar symptoms. She was having heavy bleeding two weeks on and two weeks off for a year. We had to experiment with dosages but it is so much better now. Also we taught her all about purity and to save herself for her husband and our beliefs are strong. Talk to your doctor. Her dr. thought this was the best way and it has really helped her.
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