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    Idk if anyone else has any experience with this that has been diagnosed with POF/DOR. I looked up symptoms of early menopause and I have a lot of them. The biggest ones being fatigue and decreased libido. I know these can be symptoms of other things but combined with all the other symptoms it seems like early menopause to me. It makes sense that POF can cause early menopause because the ovaries are older than your body. I've always wondered about a hormone imbalance but the reason I thought about it today is because I started spotting today. I'm not supposed to get my period for another week. I usually have shorter cycles because I O on cd 11. My LP are usually 14 days. I'm thinking the spotting is due to low progesterone. And I have REALLY heavy periods, which can be another symptom of early menopause. I would so love to have a hysterectomy because my uterus has caused me so much pain and problems. If God was going to give me reproductive organs he could've made them functional, instead they give me nothing but problems. I've talked to DH about it and we are trying to figure who the best person is to see. My regular ob/gyn can be hot and cold. It depends how busy she is if she wants to take the time to talk. I might go see another ob/gyn in the practice that isn't as busy. My DH runs into at another clinic and he might bring it up to him to see if it's something he wants to check out and can treat. I told him to start the conversation with "she has DOR/POF and has failed 3 IVF cycles." Not "she's 29 and has these symptoms" because then he would say it's not hormones. Sorry for the book.

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    I have had early menopause symptoms for almost 2 years. Went to many doctors and most of them thought I was a hypochondriac. I had fatigue, decreased/NO libido, hot flashes, gained weight uncontrollably, painful and long periods, 45-60 day cycles, joint pain. My labs were fine and everyone was just thinking I was crazy. Then I asked my PCP to run an entire BW panel. She totally freaked out because TSH , T3, T4 everything was high. She asked me to see a endocrinologist asap. I researched endocrinologists in the area and found a really good one. When I called for an appointment they told me there was a 4 month wait for a new patient. I persisted to call every day until about 3 weeks later they had a cancellation and I was in. The scariest thing was when he told me he did not know what was wrong with me. We did a lot of testing (radioactive iodine/ultrasounds/MRI of my pituitary) and he was still unsure what was happening. Then he said he thought that it was autoimmune. After about a year of adjusting synthroid dosage and being checked on monthly basis he finally diagnosed me with autoimmune Hashimoto's and Graves. Now I go for a recheck every 3 months and my dosage has been consistent for a year. Sorry for a long answer but I'd have your thyroid and pituitary glands checked out asap.
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    Thanks for your response! I think I had a mini-meltdown yesterday because of the early spotting and made a bigger deal of it than it really was. Of course, when you google early menopause you can make yourself have every symptom since they are all so vague. After thinking about it I think my fatigue may be more just boredom. I sit at home by myself all day and look around and see there is nothing to be done so I sit and do nothing. When I find something to do I have no problem doing it. When DH is home we get a lot of accomplished and work hard. I hate to c/o about being bored. I also think once the weather gets a little nicer and summer comes I'll have more energy.

    I talked to DH about everything and he thinks I just need a good physical with bloodwork. I've had my thyroid checked and it was all fine. We thought that may have been a culprit a while back. I could have DH order all these blood tests but then if they do come back abnormal, he doesn't want to treat it or figure out who I should see so we'll just start with an ob/gyn.

    I am really considering getting an ablation. I just want my periods gone. They are so heavy and I get horrible cramps. Of the two ppl I've talked to that has had it done they said they wish they would've done it sooner. Maybe just having lighter periods/no period would help with some of my symptoms.

    Off to make an appt with the ob/gyn!

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    I don't really have any advice since I'm not 100% sure what exactly I have. But I do have big hugs over your situation. I'm happy that you are being proactive about your health and I wish you the best of luck. For what it's worth - you have been since an inspiration for me to get healthy - mentally and physically. T&Ps!
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    I have an appt tomorrow morning with the gyn.

    I am a total hypochondriac and worry about everything with my health. I think I always have some type of cancer. My worries over my health are MUCH worse when I'm anxious. I'm so happy DH is a physician otherwise I think I'd be uninsurable because I'd always be at the doctor. My DH does a really good job reassuring me.

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    *hugs* Meg. Hope the gyn appt went well and you got some answers.
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    I had my doc appt this morning. I really liked my new ob/gyn. He really sat down with me and took his time. I didn't feel like he was rushed at all. He went over the different options to treat the hormone imbalance/PMS and heavy periods. He said he could do the ablation and that will improve my periods but it won't help the hormone imbalance. I had actually thought of that. Another option was BCP. I was hesitant of that option because I didn't tolerate well and I'm worried about wt. gain. He said I had breakthrough bleeding last time because the hormone levels were too low. Another option was Mirena IUD. That would stop my periods but wouldn't help the hormone imbalance since it's a localized hormone, and not going through my body systemically. We decided on the BCP. I did notice last time I was on them it did help my headaches and my moods. He started me on a different BCP than what I was on before. He told me to keep taking them and not take the placebo pills so I won't get a period. I'll go back for a f/u in 8 wks to see if there is an improvement. If there isn't a ton of improvement in my mood then he'll start a low dose anti-depressant. I'm not even googling the BCP I'm going to take because then I'll be real worried about side effects. He said the wt gain is low. I never gained wt on any of my IVF meds, I actually lost wt and I think I lost wt the last time I was on BCP. I could actually stand to gain a couple pounds, but I'm too scared to. So I feel really good after talking to him.

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    IVF #1-cancelled d/t embryos arresting before transfer (3/09)
    IVF #2-BFP 9wks-7/30/09 (6/09)
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    I'm so glad that it was a helpful appointment. It sounds like it a plan with which you are at peace. Good luck with the adjustment and I hope that this it what you need to get things leveled out for you.
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    Glad you had a really good appointment. Hope the BCP works well for you!
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    I'm a lot late to respond to this, but I'm glad you seem to have found a good resolution. I haven't been officially dx with DOR, even though my AMH is low (.89), but I have a lot of those same symptoms you've described. Makes me wonder if it's a little of that along with endometriosis. I hope the BCP works for you. I plan on going right onto BCP after I have another child, or if we are done trying. I despise the heavy periods. It's totally not worth suffering through. I hope it goes well and you have minimal side effects. Let us know how it's going!
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