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I have been taking HRT for 3 years now (Femiston) and have

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I have been taking HRT for 3 years now (Femiston) and have only ever experienced very occasional spotting during this time. During the last month I have experienced more bleeding and during the last three days the bleeding has become heavier with dark red clots in the blood (the size of a 50 pence piece and some slightly larger) this was accompanied by a feeling of nausea and fatigue. At one point I felt rather unwell and was told that the colour had completely drained from me, causing my partner concern.

What might be the underlying cause of this. Please be honest I do understand that this could be serious or it may not be. Please provide as much information as possible
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr Owen replied 3 years ago.

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Well the major reason for this would be the dosage of the HRT that you are taking -

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and spotting could be due to a dosage that is too low, and you might need a higher dosage.

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Now, other reasons for the spotting could be due to a thyroid condition, a polyp or a possible precancer/ cancer (although very Unlikely to be a cancer - but this should be checked to be sure).

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As for the point of not feeling well and your color - this could be due to hormone levels in your body , but this could be due to a low blood pressure or again a thyroid condition.

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so VERY Unlikely this is serious but Here is what I would suggest at this point.

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1. I would suggest getting a TSH thyroid blood test

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2. I would also get an ultrasound to check your uterus and ovaries

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3. I would also check an Endometrial biopsy too - to make sure this is not serious - as this would check to make sure you do not have a cancer of the uterus - this is a simple test done in the office.

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Also, sometimes switching away from hormones might be helpful and there is a medication such as Clonidine (was originally for blood pressure issues - but we as ob/gyn's use this medication all the time to help with menopausal symptoms).

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Also a medication that increases your serotonin and norepinephrine levels will help too - such as Pristiq.

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I hope this helps

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Customer:

Can you explain why the bright red bleeding contains dark blood clots and why after all this time, this has occurred?

Dr Owen :

well the bright red is just from bleeding - and clots are NORMAL to occur as that tells me your body can CLOT - that is very important.

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and why this is occurring - from above this could be that your body might need a higher dose of HRT (or even getting too much HRT) or you might have a polyp, you might have a thyroid condition, you might have a cancer (Unlikely) = and see what I have written for you - I thought I had explained all of this above

Customer:

Also...the bleeding became worse after excersise (short jog) and also following intercourse

Dr Owen :

okay

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this could be from irritation or from a polyp

Customer:

Yes you did explain (above) but you specifically referred to the spotting in your answer and I wanted to understand the significance of the clots

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Yes. Thank you I am just reflecting upon what yo have said

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okay

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Well get some sleep

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you will be just fine...

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and just make an appointment to get the tests done I have suggested

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Thank you

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