Patient: I am 36 years old and 17 weeks PP. This is my first and only child. I breastfed for the first 3 weeks only. I have not felt “well” since the birth. I was dx with PPD and PPA(health anxiety) at 4 weeks PP but have been going to therapy. It is getting better everyday. I have not yet had my period and am wondering what the normal time after birth is to have my period. Before I had her I was dx as being “pre-menopausal”. (My mom was done with menopause at age 40, as was my sister) My periods would fluctuate between 19 days and 46 days. Now I feel like I have PMS all the time. My face will get flush and feel warm for an entire day and then be gone the next…I have other weird pre meno symptoms as well. Is it possible that the birth kicked me in to menopause? Or is there a potential problem that my period as not yet started? Any suggestions or help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Doctor: Any other medical problems, what medications are you taking, any surgeries, did you have a lot of bleeding when you delivered your baby?
Patient: No surgeries, no regular medications ( I was on Lexapro for 4 weeks but it made me worse so I am dealing with the PPD through CBT and support groups) I have been off the lexapro for about 6 weeks. I occassionally take .125 of xanax as needed. About 1 or 2 times a month. I feel like I could take it more…but I hate medications so I just tough it out. I take a multi vitamin and magnesium supplement as well as cranberry tablets and a daily probiotic.
I did not have a lot of bleeding…I bled for about 4 weeks…but nothing major. The delivery was very fast. But very painful. No epidural…she was sunnyside up and came out arms first…I did tear. My doctor thought I might be slightly traumatized by the painful birth which could have lead to the anxiety….but I don’t know about that. I don’t feel traumatized.
I did have occassional mild anxiety prior the pregnancy…in fact that was what sent me to the doctor…who did the 30 day saliva testing and Continue reading I am 36 years old and 17 weeks PP. This is my first and only child.→
Patient: Helo my name is Lisa, I was pregnant ( I believe) I did two tests in diferent days, both were positive, and my body change a lot,my breast grew as twice the normal size, as pregnant woman. I Start to feel bad yesterday and, my menstruation started, and today just to make sure I did another pregancie test, and was negative. But my husband and I was so sure I was pregnant, and I a mom already, I know the diference. How that is possible?
Already Tried: I have a son 7 years old, I was pregnant last year and I lost on 5/6 weeks of pregnancy. Now I’m trying to conceive again, thought I was pregnant, I did 2 tests and different days and was positive, and my body change my breast grew twice of the normal size. 4 days ago I started feel bad, and yesterday my menstruation started. Today I did another pregnancy test and was negative, how that is possible?
Doctor: Please let me know when your last period was prior to yesterday.
Patient: The last period was 10/06/2009. Than started yesterday again.
Doctor: That is highly possible. Early miscarriages are very common. More than we know. Most will just assume their period was late when in fact it was an early miscarriage. If you desire, you can use an ovulation detection kit so that you will know when is the best time for intercourse. Follow the instructions on Continue reading I was pregnant ( I believe) I did two tests in diferent days…→
Patient: I am 49 years old and my period stopped 3 months ago. I have been experiencing a burning pain on the left side. It also feels like it is itching and I have pain along my low back. What could this be?
Already Tried: Pelvic exam one in July. It was normal.
Doctor: Please let me know if this is deep pelvic discomfort or superficial–as if your skin is burning or itching. Any history of heavy periods or this type of pain in the past? Any history of cancer in you or your family?
Patient: The discomfort is deep and sharp and the burning and itching sensation is coming from within. I have never had heavy periods. The last period I had was in August. I have not had cancer. My mom had breast cancer. I’ve had 3 separate experiences with cysts but the last time was in the mid-90’s.
Doctor: This certainly is concerning for an ovarian cyst. However, pelvic discomfort is sometimes related to your bowel function. If you have not had diarrhea or constipation, I recommend visiting your ob/gyn. Your mother having breast cancer may put you at higher risk for developing ovarian cancer if related to a genetic disorder (BRCA), however, this is usually more certain if you’ve had at least two close Continue reading I am 49 years old and my period stopped 3 months ago.→