Unexplained Bleeding: Part 2

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After my last update about unexplained non-period bleeding, I thought the issue was over and done with.

But, this cycle the weird bleeding returned. It came on on cycle day 15 and has stayed through day 24 and counting. Think heavier-than-spotting-but-not-as-heavy-as-a-period kind of bleeding. Several times during the worst of it I stood up from being seated and blood just streamed out of me; other times it was more like annoying spotting all day and all night long. At first, I chalked the whole thing up to being a withdrawal bleed from the Provera I’d taken a month ago. My clinic had warned me to expect a withdrawal bleed, so I just soldiered on. The straw that broke the camel’s back though came when I awoke to blood-soaked panties in the middle of the night one night last week. To ease my troubled mind, I called the clinic just to check.

Turns out that, no, this was not a withdrawal bleed. Dr. C said that I shouldn’t even have been bleeding at all. So much for easing my mind.

Back to the clinic I went for more blood work. My numbers came back normal except for my progesterone, which was “significantly elevated” (I love medicalese). I asked for an explanation for my high progesterone level, but Dr. C didn’t want to venture a guess. I felt frustrated, but I understand that he can’t make a diagnosis over the phone. I guess I just wanted reassurance that it wasn’t elevated due to some ultra scary reason, and I wanted that reassurance, like, yesterday.

Unexplained Bleeding Part 2 has me taking a second round of Provera. The goal is that this medication will either stop or slow my bleeding. I’m only three days into a 10-day stretch of pills, but so far the Provera seems to have slowed the roll, so I’m pleased that it’s doing its job.

If I start overthinking possible reasons for two cycles of inexplicable bleeding (which is entirely too easy to do), I end up making myself totally crazed with worry. So I have to take a deep breath and slooooow it down. I remind myself to be actively thankful that the bleeding is going away at all, even if it has been replaced by mega cramps. And I tell myself there’s probably a completely benign explanation that we just haven’t figured out yet. If I’m wrong and something more sinister is indeed lurking in the shadows, all I can do is cross that bridge if I come to it.

Which brings me to the last part: If this non-period bleeding decides to make a surprise reappearance in the next few weeks—which would be the third cycle in a row—then Dr. C wants to perform a hysteroscopy and D&C. I’m kind of alright with having these procedures done, because my wanting an answer to this madness is a massive understatement! Of course I’m not thrilled at the concept of more poking and prodding, and it definitely doesn’t sound like the most pleasant way to spend a day, but I can deal. I am praying things don’t reach that point.

And with that said, let’s believe together that there will be no “Part 3” post about this in the future, and for an answer to come sooner than later.

Peace to you all, wherever you may be in your fertility journey.

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