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Slow Prolonged Menstrual Bleeding

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  • Posted By: Tzipora
  • June 15, 2008
  • 07:47 PM

My period seems to be refusing to end. I had a similar problem about a year ago. My menstrual bleeding lasted for an entire month. In the beginning, the flow was regular for about 5 days as usual. Then for the next few weeks, I had a slow and continuous light flow that was light-ish red to brown in color. However, after intercourse, I would find that there was a pronounced amount of red blood present. The flow would then return to the slow light flow.

It was extremely stressful, and it seems as if it is happening yet again. I am not feeling any pain at all, and am not feeling ill or in any other way impaired. I searched the internet for some sort of idea of what was happening, but unfortunately you can never find anything specific anywhere, even from this website. So I wanted to throw this question out there to see if anyone has had the same crappy experience I am having.

I'm ashamed to say that I am far too freaked out by doctors to ever go to a gynecologist. I would just like someone to share if they have had the same experience so I can feel at ease.

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  • Just so you know, you are not alone. I am experiencing the same thing. I'm 42, so I expect menstrual changes. Last year my periods began to come every Other month. So I had one in may, July, August, October and December. By Feb. if began to come every month. But this month, I bled from June 2 until June 17. Previously I have had 2 abnormal paps, the most recent was last August. I went through the agony of a Biopsy and Colposcopy - both very painful :(. They pluck cells from the vaginal walls, the cervix, and just inside the opening of the cervix. this is all to rule out cancer. My tests were always negative.My mom had cancer, but I don't know if it was cervical or uterine. Just yesterday I went to a different doctor who wants to do a biopsy as well, she explained the procedure to me but I was already resolving in my mind that I would not have this done again. It wasn't until i was driving home (and fearing the worst), that I recalled her saying they will be scraping my uterus for a little tissue. MY UTERUS!!?? I can't do it. The doc says this is to make sure I don't have uterine cancer.I say, "isn't this just hormones, can I have hormone pills to regulate the bleeding, like they do with birth control sometimes"? She said any dr. that would give you hormones to stop bleeding without investigating the source of the bleeding is doing you an injustice. Plus she says routine hormone therapy for menopausal or peri-menopausal women is pase'. Not considered safe because of the side effects of hormones: blood clots, heart attack, stroke, death....I understand your fear of doctors, I am really afraid, but I have 4 children and a husband, and others that need me so I cannot just stand still and let something just happen to me. I remember my mom suffering from the cancer; one day we were just sitting in the den, and she jumped up to run to the bathroom because the blood was over flowing, she passed out in the hallway, facedown. She busted her nose and mouth, plus left a gigantic liver-sized clot of blood from down below. Losing so much blood causes anemia, severe anemia alone can kill you. You may have to gather everything within you and go see a professional. I prefer female doctors when it comes to these things. I wish the best for you. It may just be hormones.I hope.:D
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • My period seems to be refusing to end. I had a similar problem about a year ago. My menstrual bleeding lasted for an entire month. In the beginning, the flow was regular for about 5 days as usual. Then for the next few weeks, I had a slow and continuous light flow that was light-ish red to brown in color. However, after intercourse, I would find that there was a pronounced amount of red blood present. The flow would then return to the slow light flow. It was extremely stressful, and it seems as if it is happening yet again. I am not feeling any pain at all, and am not feeling ill or in any other way impaired. I searched the internet for some sort of idea of what was happening, but unfortunately you can never find anything specific anywhere, even from this website. So I wanted to throw this question out there to see if anyone has had the same crappy experience I am having.I'm ashamed to say that I am far too freaked out by doctors to ever go to a gynecologist. I would just like someone to share if they have had the same experience so I can feel at ease.I had this problems for over a year...the most common reason for this according to my endochrinologist and PCP is PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). You do not have to have all of the symptoms to have this, but you do need to have 2 out of three qualifications: 1) Problems with your period (too long, or too short, non-existent, etc); 2) Blood tests to detecting elevated levels of androgens or certain hormones; 3) Cysts on your ovaries. There are other symptoms, and you can find more info here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/pcos/
    Macophile 127 Replies Flag this Response
  • My period seems to be refusing to end. I had a similar problem about a year ago. My menstrual bleeding lasted for an entire month. In the beginning, the flow was regular for about 5 days as usual. Then for the next few weeks, I had a slow and continuous light flow that was light-ish red to brown in color. However, after intercourse, I would find that there was a pronounced amount of red blood present. The flow would then return to the slow light flow. It was extremely stressful, and it seems as if it is happening yet again. I am not feeling any pain at all, and am not feeling ill or in any other way impaired. I searched the internet for some sort of idea of what was happening, but unfortunately you can never find anything specific anywhere, even from this website. So I wanted to throw this question out there to see if anyone has had the same crappy experience I am having. I'm ashamed to say that I am far too freaked out by doctors to ever go to a gynecologist. I would just like someone to share if they have had the same experience so I can feel at ease. First of all, how old are you and are you on any birth control? I would really get over being freaked out by doctors and get yourself to a good gyno. I personally prefer women, and go to a NP who is also a midwife. Ask your friends for referrals. But if you haven't been to a gyno in a long time you need to go IMO. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies Flag this Response
  • While reading through your blogs I find myself more afraid then usual. I would be happy to be in your shoes because my period stays for years. It's never ending, I can never have one day where I won't have to worry about bleeding. I am soon going to go get myself checked out because 2 years of bleeding has left me humanless. I can't go out or do anything but to only stay home and hope that it will one day stop. Does anyone know where I can find information about extra prolong menstrual cycle. I wish the best for you guys and hope that you will find a cure to this nonsense.
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  • Anyone with prolonged bleeding really needs to see an OBGYN. I have been suffering on and off and recently went to get checked out. Fortunatly nothing serious showed up, but on my first visit the doctor said she needed to make sure I don't have anything "yucky" wrong with me. So please, those of you whose periods are not normal, get checked out. Doing so could save your life. Find a good OBGYN (I just tried a woman and like her a lot), and get checked out.
    halal37 96 Replies Flag this Response
  • I am 28. I have been bleeding pretty much non-stop since I had my daughter 2 years ago. My paps have always come back fine and I have been through every birth control pill available. Seriously! I even had an IUD for 5 months and then it fell out. :( That was a lot of money down the drain! I am scheduled to go see mu OBGYN in a week due to this issue. I never had this issue before I got pregnant. Cross your fingers for me! Good luck to everyone! You are not alone!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I went to an OBGYN who ran some tests that came back negative. Having found nothing, she ignored my complaints and simply told me to return for my annual pap. Soon thereafter I located an OBGYN who treats using bio-identical hormones. He paid attention to some labs that are to low to even be measured (other docs were ignoring these labs). I am finally not being ignored. My point, if you are not satisfied after your next appointment(s), find a new doctor. You should not have had to go this long without real answers.
    halal37 96 Replies Flag this Response
  • It could be a bleeding disorder, such as Von Willebrand disease. You should get a clotting time test.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • When should I see a gyno if I have been bleeding for more than ten days? It has never happened before now.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 26, 2010
    • 02:21 AM
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  • When should I see a gyno if I have been bleeding for more than ten days? It has never happened before now.This happened to me too out of the blue. Never had abnormal bleeding or abnormal pap smears. Went to my OB/GYN and she did a "just in case" biopsy. I also had an ultrasound to rule out cysts. Turned out I had Endometrial Hyperplasia -- an abnormal growth of the uterine lining that was giving me prolonged periods. I am 44 and had been having a lot of Peri-menpopause side affects -- anxiety, re-occurence of food allergies etc... Anyway, she put me on a progestin regimen taking a course of pills for six months and it worked. I had a second biospy and the hyperplasia was gone. This was a year ago and I haven't had the problem since. I would call your OB and they should take you right away. Hope this helps!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 27, 2010
    • 02:44 PM
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  • When should I see a gyno if I have been bleeding for more than ten days? It has never happened before now.Hi there girls..problems with bleeding??...I have been bleeding on and off since the 19th of Febuary and still going...I had pregnancy tests and bloods and all came back normal and no sign of pregnancy.I had a scan to look at the uterus and the ovary's for any signs of serious problems...They ruled out etopic etc but I did have a thick wall and tiny cysts called Follicular cysts, apparently every women go through these at some stage of their lives and are harmless, but they can cause excessive bleeding or prolonged bleeding...especially the brown stuff which they said is called 'old blood'. But as I have been bleeding for a long time I had a infection so taking antibiotics for this... I saw my gyny and they are the only ppl that will know to solve any problems especially these ones...so see a gyny and dont worry too much as this is common in most women Kelz :)
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  • I am going thru the same thing. when I went to the doctor they just put me on YAZ. however with all the problems YAZ is having I'm scared to take it. All the doctors either told me they didnt know what was wrong, or to take birth control. I am stress out too.
    aquashadow 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi, it's so comforting to see that I'm not the only person going through this. Though I'm sympathetic for you all. I've been having my period for 123 days now and I'm so sick of it! Flow has varied a lot, some days very light some days very heavy with a lot of clotting but never any pain. I have PCOS as well as hypothyroidism and I have been seeing a gyny as well as a specialist in internal med. My thyroid issue is ok right now but the period just won't go away. I've been prescribed a 5 day course of provera and the pill to try to regulate it but so far i'm halfway through a 21day pack of pills and all of a sudden it's really heavy and painful. I'm calling the doc in the morning. This is so frustrating but what can I do.Keep the faith.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • To those who have this kind of issue i strongly suggest to go and see a gynocologist rather than just trusting your normal doctor to tell you the issue. When i had period problems i found out that most doctors wont even be able to tell you for sure if you have hormonal issues or not as the labs put the normal ranges on the tests for the doctors to refer to, but things like hormonal ratios etc arent looked at and those could be abnormal. Hence you need a specialist. (I would of got my PCOS missed if the doctor hadnt admitted to me he didnt know what was wrong and sent me to a specialist). My abnormalities have been missed twice now!!! The latest mistake being recently when i had another ultrasound as a new doctor i had, didnt have my old ultrasound. The radiologist who did another one and was doing the report, didnt know a clue how to read it!! and did the report wrong, stating i was normal when things werent. (On a visit to this time a different gyno, to the one which had diagnosed me originally..I got my original diagnoses vertified again. im sure two different gynologists arent wrong.. if they say ive got an issue i must have an issue. He showed me it too on the ultrasound and as the gyno said, its clear as day. He was going to contact the radiologist and abuse him for not reading my ultrasound correctly). So please anyone with any issue like bleeding which could be serious...dont trust those who dont specialise in this kind of issue to be giving you the right info. Go and see a Gyno..Gynocologists are invaluable.
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies Flag this Response
  • My period seems to be refusing to end. I had a similar problem about a year ago. My menstrual bleeding lasted for an entire month. In the beginning, the flow was regular for about 5 days as usual. Then for the next few weeks, I had a slow and continuous light flow that was light-ish red to brown in color. However, after intercourse, I would find that there was a pronounced amount of red blood present. The flow would then return to the slow light flow. The exact same thing is happening to me now, & it totally sucks. I experienced this about 2 years ago- I was bleeding perpetually for about 2 1/2 months- & then it suddenly stopped & things were back to normal. But I've been bleeding now for over 3 months & I'm really annoyed. I'm getting married in less than 2 months & it would be really nice to be able to enjoy my honeymoon. Afetr doing a bit of research, it seems that it is likely that I may have PCOS, so off to the doctor I go (though I, too, abhor this type of visit) to hopefully get a diagnosis & some treatment. So, cross your fingers for me, & I'll cross mine for you. It's good to know that I'm not the only one who is having this problem.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 25, 2010
    • 11:22 AM
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  • I'm 23 and have been having the same problem for at least a year. I'm not so much freaked out by doctors but mostly, can't afford the battery of tests that any doctor will run me through. Like you, I've done all the research I can on the net and have figured nothing out. So, I think I'm going to have to go see the doc. :( Let me know if anything has changed since your post!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 13, 2010
    • 02:15 AM
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  • Let me give a little background here:I'm 33, have never been pregnant (not even a possibility of being so), I recently divorced my husband after 10 years (13 years total of a relationship) because I found out he was cheating on me. I'm overweight and I've tried for years to lose the pounds with caloric portioning and exercise, however exercise at this point in time could make me double over in copious amounts of pain. And while I was able to lose approx 50lbs 2 years ago, the stress of a divorce, which just finalized in February 2011, caused me to put it back on. Prior to now, I stayed as active as I could, though I'm obviously not a marathon runner. I've had unusual menstruation since high school. I'd bleed heavily at least 1-2 days of my cycle, causing me to sequester myself at home, because asking to rush to the restroom at school, during every class, was unacceptable. Back then, I'd last 7-9 days. Jump forward to college, soon after I met my husband/boyfriend. Initially, I was pretty used to the schedule: 35 days without, 7-9 with, until about 5 years after being with him, when we felt pressure from our families to have children. I went through 2 years of going 6 months at a time without bleeding at all, then a month straight of bleeding. I went to a couple different gyns at the time who simply wanted to put me on meds, and said I was over reacting. I got yet another gyn, a female, that had me go in for ultrasounds: internal and external. Nothing conclusive. My mother has had fibroids & my aunt on my dad's side has PCOS, so I had prepared myself for the worst. Until about 7 years into my relationship did I ever see a doctor refer to my situation as possibly being PCOS related. And I only knew because she pulled up my report on her computer, allowing me to read over her shoulder from a distance. No one has ever been able to get an accurate read to see if I have hypothyroidism, however, my mother and I have discussed the possibility that mine may be cyclical and I just haven't been tested when it happens. There's diabetes in the family as well (my dad's mom having late onset), but I've never been confirmed for the disease. Now, gyns have offered to just put me on birth control: Provera. And one doctor went a totally different route about 2008, less than a year before I found out my husband had been cheating on me: Prometrium. Let me say, I pretty much despise all drugs that force my system to do something it shouldn't. I couldn't force myself to do even the one prescription he gave me of Prometrium, let alone the 3 refills allowed afterwards. I tried for 10 days, and stopped since I wasn't allowed to drive when I took it in the evening as prescribed (I worked a night job). Jump to September of 2010: I moved into a house with some friends, one female, two males, and my system actually corrected itself. I was having normal menstrual cycles: 30 days without, 5-7 days with and nothing so horrible I couldn't manage at my job. I've always been prepared for a heavy day, But I really didn't have them for the 7 months I lived there. I thought that since I had been rid of my ex and the extreme amount of stress I had, my system was finally correcting itself. The middle of March came exciting news that I could move to a new city to get a better job. I took my few belongings, packed up rather abruptly and moved, on the day I started my cycle. That was March 19th. I had a day break around the 27th, when I thought I was done. Then the worst started. I've been lightly bleeding every day for a month. My next cycle would have been the 18th of April or so, and I did notice an increase that day and the next 3 days after, but I'm still bleeding enough that I need to wear a pad instead of a mere liner. Normally, when I have my period, I can feel the initial cramp that sets everything in motion, then my back will ache for the next few days I have my period. I've had back pain for 4 weeks, at least. It doesn't help that some days at work, I'm on my feet for 8-9 hrs a day and others, I get to sit for 8-9 hrs a day. The inconsistency of the job ends up with me ignoring some pain during the seated shifts and noticing it more pronounced on the standing ones. The thing that worries me now is that I feel an extra pull from my abdomen that relates directly to my back where it aches. Because I just moved a little over a month ago, I have no medical benefits yet, and won't for at least another month. I don't know if I can deal with this another month and I'm looking for insight or possible answers. I've contemplated the fact I could have contracted something from his other partners, but I think that's unlikely. I won't rule it out, however I've had this menstrual inconsistency for years, and I think that's really the culprit.
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  • I am 31 and I have been havng this problem for a month and a half now with prolonged bleeding. I am too freaked about going to the doctors. I always have been. I am so nervous about this whole thing that I am scared to tell anyone. I really need prayers to get enough courage like the lion on Wizord of Oz I have no courage to go to the doctors. I even work at a doctors office but I am not comfortable with talking to them about this. I am always tired because I know it is taking a lot of my blood out of my body and it is causing me to me more enemic than I was to start with. God Bless You all that are going through this as well. Best of luck to you all and God Bless
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have to agree. I've been diagnosed with PCOS as well and have had the same problems. I know how hard it is going to the doctor especially when it involves such a private area...however, that area can give you major problems if you don't have them addressed. I agree that finding a female GYN is more comfortable for me and I started going to someone in another city so I don't have to see the doctor all the time (I'm a nurse and work with pretty much all the doctors in my community.) But I would like to suggest you find someone professional that you feel comfortable with because it will make this experience so much less scary!!
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