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By Anonymous March 18, 2011 - 6:02am
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heavy period on birth control

I had my period last week. I am on birth control and usually my periods are very light and short. My period last from sunday to sunday and was rather heavy. Now almost a week later I feel awful. I am cramping down below my belly button around my ovaries, and I have been sick in the mornings. I dont eat much in a setting, but I am constantly hungry. I have to use the bathroom alot and I am unsure as to why. I have my yearly pap in a few days and just wanted to get some opinions on what this sounded like. My stomach is bloated, I had to unbutton my pants and my best at work I had to leave open because my breast seem to want to bust out lol. My breast have also been achy and seemed heavy. Why did I have a heavy period on birth control? Id appreciate any opinions I can get. Thanks.

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Hi Anonymous,
Thanks for your question, and for finding EmpowHER. I'm glad you have a yearly exam coming up. Be sure and mention these symptoms (like the bloating, any unexplained weight gain, excessive cramping) to your doctor. It's likely it could have just been an irregular or heavy period. Our bodies can change from time to time. If you have been sick, changed your eating habits, or have been under a considerable amount of stress it can affect your period. Since you had heavy bleeding, you are not pregnant, even though all the symptoms you mentioned may seem like pregnancy symptoms.
It's possible the excessive cramping and bleeding could indicate you passed a cyst or something similar.
Good luck at the doctor! Let us know what you find out.
For more information, these articles may provide some insight: How to Know if Your Period is Normal, and MedlinePlus: Heavy, Prolonged or Irregular Period

March 18, 2011 - 6:53am
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Anonymous (reply to Christine Jeffries)

Thanks for responding. I didnt believe there was anyway I could be pregnant either. I did pass a few blood clots when I would use the bathroom during my period. I had a child in 2010 and before I was pregnant I did have regular LONG and heavy periods. Usually once I started my birthcontrol they were usually short and extremely light. Its a relief that its very unlikely I could be pregnant considering my period was last week and heavy. I am going to try to get into the doctor within the next week or so and find out whats going on. I did miss a pill my last pack and I believe perhaps that could have thrown me off. I havent gained any weight which is surprising because all Ive wanted to do is eat. Once again, thanks.

March 18, 2011 - 7:11am
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Do you think it could be your birth control that's making you so hungry? Or any life changes that could be affecting your eating habits? Glad you're going to get in to see the doctor. It never hurts to get these things checked out. It's possible the birth control you're using just isn't the right one for you. Most doctors suggest trying a pill for 3-6 months before making that decision.

March 18, 2011 - 7:33am
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Anonymous (reply to Christine Jeffries)

Ive been on this pill since March of 2010 after I had my daughter. Its estrostep. I think it had extra estrogen because of where my periods were so awful. I havent had any problems with it. I dont know why Ive been eating so much here lately and like I can't get enough to drink. I just woke up this morning feeling kind of queesy and my chest and back hurting so bad I wanted to just cry. My stomach has stopped cramping like it was which is good.

March 18, 2011 - 7:38am
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