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ask: I have been having 3week-1 month long periods w/ large clots. What could be causing the length and clots? Should I worry?

By sueannrush
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I'm 29 yrs. old and I've been having periods that last anywhere between 3 weeks and 1 month with about a 2 week break between each period. Along with my period I have huge clots. This has been happening since I had my daughter in 2006. I saw a doctor about it and he just put me on birth control pills to try and regulate it, but that just caused me to have blood clots in my lungs. I went on Coumadin and my period was normal while I was on the meds. Now I'm off Coumadin and my period went back to being long again and with the huge clots. Is there something my doctors should be testing for? Can this cause complications with conceiving again? What is wrong with my cycle?

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I'm a 29 year old and I have a cycle every 6 month , I never been on any type of med. But when it comes on it normally stay on weeks sometimes months the longest it ever stayed on was 3 months and I bleed really heavy huge blood clog. .. But the last time it was on right now it stayed on a month but it didn't bleed heavy at all.. I been to the Dr he said everything was fine. .. I be so miserable

August 28, 2014 - 9:34pm
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First off I'm kinda glad I'm not the only one going through this. I started with the nonstop bleeding back in December until mid-January, a little over a month and started producing blood clots in different sizes. I went to the doctor about the first week of January when I had been bleeding for over two weeks. Doctor tested me to make sure I wasn't anemic, gave me hormones, which stopped the bleeding in about two days. I then had a cervical ultrasound which revealed I had small spots around my ovaries and he stated I had polycystic ovaries. He explained this would make it hard for me to conceive and urged I started eating healthier and exercising. He also prescribed birth control which I just started taking about two weeks ago because I'm a procrastinator but I regret it now. I have been bleeding for almost a month and about 3 days ago I started producing a lot of blood clots. I'm just not wanting to go back to the doctor, I've never liked it.

August 20, 2014 - 7:05am
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Hi Everyone. I am in the same boat as most of you. I am 25 years old, i have always had normal menstrual cycles (every 28 days for 6 days) up until 2012. Ever since then i have been skipping months in between my periods and when i do get them they last a minimum of 3 weeks (I have bleed nonstop for 65 days before) I do not have a family doctor but have seen several specialists who all come to the same conclusion "Its not normal that you bleed that much but we can't find any abnormalities in your tests" They prescribed me "Medroxy 10mg" and it has helped in the past.. It stops it within 5 days... But this time im puzzled on what to do.. Ive had my period for two weeks.. after a week it slowed down so i was like ohhhh yeaaa its done lol.. But then i started to bleed extremely heavily and for four days now i am passing HUGE clots. I can't even wear a tampon because within 10 minutes the clot has pushed it out. I fill up a night pad within 2 hours and often when i sit down (this is gross - just an fyi) a clot often comes out before i can get seated and falls on the floor.. the last one was the entire length of my foot and quite wide. I am on my vacation so i have been sleeping alot because it just drains me... I don't want to go to the emergency (i live in Quebec, everything is free) because i will sit there for 12hrs just for them to tell me the same thing.. Nothings wrong. Today i am so lightheaded and tired (been taking iron supplements) I haven't read through all comments.. so does anyone have a similar story to me? I really want kids and i am afraid this isn't going to happen because i am soooo abnormal (we have been trying and.. well kind of hard to plan when im always skipping months then bleeding like a crazy fool for months ugh)

July 14, 2014 - 9:36am
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i hate to comment so late but 13 and about 30 days ago i started birth control just for my extreme perids and cramps, i would get cramp so bad i wouldnt be able to walk! so after about 5 doctors visits, an ultrasound, an xray, and a visit to the gynocolist and she put me on birth control and lucky for me i got period that night and it still hasnt stopped. after about 10 days it lightened up alittle but now its off and on heavy and light. my mom called my doctor and she said "its normal" and "it will stop on its own" and im getting worried

June 3, 2014 - 7:59pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Your bleeding should have stopped soon after you wrote and should be much lighter from now on. If not, tell your mom and insist on your doctor seeing you again.



June 10, 2014 - 10:25am
EmpowHER Guest

Hello, I'm 25 I never been pregnant I been bleeding for 2 weeks with large amount of clots like bigger then a baseball but I also been having my period every other week this never happened to me before I been to the ER twice already and they say everything is normal and I'm a little anemic to me this is nothing normal and I been wanting to get pregnant and I can't can someone help please :(

June 1, 2014 - 12:41pm
EmpowHER Guest

I am 30 years old and was on BC from 1999 to 2010. I have been off of BC since then and had regular periods. My last period started just over six weeks ago and it has not stopped. I am having very heavy bleeding with large blood clots. I went to a Dr. who informed me, after a very quick pelvic exam, nothing felt abnormal. Any suggestions are helpful. I've been told by a few people about a natural her called Vitex, any information on this would be appreciated as well. Thank you.

November 18, 2013 - 10:13pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Thanks for your post! 

I would suggest that you see another doctor and do so soon. Six weeks of unexplained non-stop bleeding is not normal and cannot be brushed aside as "nothing abnormal". You need to see a different doctor, you probably need blood work done, as well as scans and a proper physical. I would do this straight away before trying supplements. I think you received very shoddy care from your doctor.  See someone better. 

Will you keep us posted?


May 1, 2014 - 11:10am
EmpowHER Guest

I'm 14 and I've been having my period for 29 days now. It started off normal, then it got lighter so I thought I was done, but then it got heavy. Then light again. Now it's really heavy and has been for a few days. I've been having a lot of clots - not exactly large ones, normal sized ones that happen very frequently. This has happened once before and the last time, my doctor said it was normal for me. I'm anemic and my doctor said to take iron pills which I have been. This time, my doctor said to go to a gynecologist but I'm really scared.. It's getting to the point where I'm always uncomfortable during school. Help!

September 29, 2013 - 9:51am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

i know what you are going through about 2 years ago i had a really bad infection in my tooth it was abscessed and hurting so bad i had to have an emergency removal of it from the oral surgeon i was also due for my period that same week the next day my period came and it lasted a whole month and a half. first it was light then it was heavy then it became light again so i said great the antibotics for my tooth are giving me this strange period one day when i thought i was done with my period i was out and i felt this gush i went to the bathroom and my pad was soaked and then some with lots of clotting i called my dr and they told me if it does not clear by the next day or gets worse go to er. my dr ran some test and could not find anything wrong. and it stoped

now i have my period got it yesterday but it is supper light and a salmon color i am worried only beacuse i started a new drug last month proporanol (inderal 60m) to regulate headaches and my slightly high bp.

we also are ttc so not sure if could be period is light from the meds, or that i could have conceived but i am spotting? took a pg test a few days ago and it was negative but i think i took it to soon

August 20, 2014 - 5:42pm
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