Any know how to help or improve hormone imbalances???

Jenifer - posted on 08/30/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I'm not sure that doctors can help with hormone imbalances. The answer always seems to be birth-control... but is there another answer? I have had acne since I was 12, and I'm 32 now. My periods have always been irregular and painful. I've gone from no period at all for months, to periods every other week, every two weeks, spotting, and heavy flow anywhere from 4 to 9 months straight. I have taken various birth control pills, all of which make a nauseous and gain weight, depo-provera shot screwed me up really bad which is when I first had a 9 month heavy flow. I was on the Nuva Ring for two months with the worst bacterial smell of something dead, and now I have the mirena iud. I have had the idu for about 3 years. This is my last attempt to help myself before a hysterectomy. I have a four year old and three step-children, so I really don't need any more kids... aside from that I really just don't want to deal with periods anymore. I currently only spot, but I could spot for a couple of days and then go off and spot a few days later or I can not spot for a week or two. I seem to spot more after sex. I am also experiencing bad ph-balance problems which also causes a terrible smell (currently using rePHresh, and a peroxide rinse when I'm out). When I first had the iud inserted, I had migraines that made me want to cut my head off. I still have migraines but not as frequently. Currently, I'm experiencing really bad breakouts, bloating, cramping, irregular spotting, and mood swings. I'm nervous about getting a hysterectomy because of hormone issues but then again, I've experience hormone issues since I first started puberty. I'm at a loss, I don't know what to do. I want to take out the iud because something just doesn't feel right, but I don't want to get pregnant, periods, the mirena crash, nor do I want a hysterectomy! Anyone have solutions for any of the above... I don't currently have health insurance... maybe even the comfort of knowing I'm not the only one... I don't know. But, this overall feeling of unease needs to go! I want to feel well and healthy. Any words of advice are greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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Katherine - posted on 08/30/2012

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Well I don't know where you are with having more kids....but I had the exact same problem. I ended up getting an ablation. My periods are 2 days long a little heavy the first day, and then the second nothing really. My hormones are still a little off, but for the most part it has worked for me. Now I can't have anymore kids, but I have 2 beautiful daughters and I'm 37 so I decided that the pain just wasn't worth it anymore.

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