I am in my mid 40’s, I have had seven pregnancies, three miscarriages, and given birth to four children, and am now in peri-menopause. For three years I had no periods, blood tests showed that I had little to no estrogen, and now poof I am having periods again.
Since I began my menses at age 11 I have had a fairly moderate to heavy flow for a full 7 days, along with some fairly bad cramping, on a 28 day schedual so regular I could almost set my watch on it.
Now, I’m not so regular, the week before is misery, and when I do begin, the flow is so heavy that I must stay home and change the super plus tampons approximately every 20 minutes for the entire 7+ days that it lasts. It is not merely inconvinient, I feel terrible and rather weak for the duration.
So, as I posted in this thread: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=324032
I have been swallowing a lot of aspirin, ibuprophin, and naproxysn, and I had a brain flash that, perhaps, these medicines are, at least in part, responsible for the increased flow, as I understand that they thin blood.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.