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I lived with heavy periods for 33 years. When I was young my periods lasted for five days, but as I got older they started lasting seven, eight, nine days. It seemed to get worse and worse the older I got. Once I hit about 40 it was unbelievable. It was hard to do anything.
The story of my struggle with my heavy periods is one of the most important stories I have to tell. It is the story of hope, freedom and some serious will power. All I can say is that although my heavy periods interfered with my life for nearly 30 years, now that I have finally found a solution, I try and enjoy life to its absolute fullest.
My favorite hobby is snowboarding. I would be up on the mountain, and it’s not like I would carry pads and tampons everywhere. I had white snowboard pants and it was just embarrassing. I had heavy periods for 10 years, but they got really bad the last two years. They became really unpredictable.
My family doctor completely dismissed my complaints about my heavy periods, saying “it’s something that happens.” We never discussed hormone treatment or surgery, and even if we had I wouldn’t have done either. I didn’t tolerate birth control pills in the past, and I have quite a few family members who have had hysterectomies and I know what they went through.
My menstrual history has been dicey since they day I started, but things really kind of got out of control when I was 29. My doctor recommended a hysterectomy and I was shocked. At the time I wasn’t married, I didn’t have children and I thought “absolutely not. I’m not going to do that.”