This past fall I discovered in a routine CBC that my platelet counts like to hang out in the 40s-50s. I have been stable since and luckily I have yet to take any medications. I typically do not bruise, except the week before my period. This is a pattern that I have noticed for the past few years making me wonder exactly how long my platelets have been low. (I am the mom of two young kids and I missed my annual physical for a couple of years.) When I asked my hematologist about this, she did not suspect a correlation since my platelet counts have been so stable. However, I can tell you exactly what "week" I will get my unexplained bruises. Meanwhile, the other weeks, I can walk into a wall, get hurt, and no bruise to show.
Curious if anybody has ever noticed any correlations between their platelet counts and monthly cycles?
Diagnosis of ITP in 2014. Retired (Nov 2019) renal specialist nurse, 46 years on the NHS front line. My belief is empower patients to be involved as much as possible in their care. Read, read, read & ALWAYS question medics about the evidence base they use
I can relate! I always had unexplained bruising a week before my period. If I saw a bruise, I knew it was on its way.
I had a hysterectomy almost two years ago, which was long overdue and something I wanted since my 20s. I had horribly painful periods and severe bleeding (along with ovarian cysts, fibroids, endo, etc.).
I’m 45, and over the past few months I have had extreme bruising - much worse than ever before, and covering my legs. It’s actually quite concerning. At the same time, I’ve started having hot flashes at night. I’m due to see a hematologist next month as my PLT count is 70,000, although it’s always ranged from 65,000-110,000, so I don’t know why that would cause bruising. I do think that the arrival of peri/menopause has something to do with it. Your question is interesting to me, because I’ve always noticed that hormonal-related bruising, but nobody can ever tell me why.
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