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Irregular periods

By August 12, 2016 - 6:11am
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Hi, I have irregular periods. Last month I was a month and a half late when they started they went on for about 2 weeks. The flow was pretty heavy- no clotting took place. One day they just ended with the flow being heavy still. I workout so my instructress told me to take it easy for a week which I did. But 2 days later they started again for half a day and the flow was so heavy that it felt like they wouldn't stop for a while but they did. I took gyming easy for a while. Now two weeks later I've faced some spotting. Not sure if it's periods yet. What's wrong with me? I'm a virgin so I know pregnancy isn't the thing. This imbalance is causing me to be very irritable.

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Thank you. I will make sure to schedule an appointment with my gynecologist ASAP and keep you updated

August 12, 2016 - 1:13pm

Hello AyenaRyz,

Welcome again to EmpowHER. I am glad you reached out to our community for help with your menstrual cycle concerns.

Have you been seen by a gynecologist? If not, please call to schedule an appointment. Such an irregular menstrual cycle and heavy, prolonged bleeding is abnormal and must be addressed.

Menorrhagia describes a period that is very heavy or long lasting. Polymenorrhea refers to irregular bleeding for spans of 21 days or less. These are abnormal conditions identified after other causes, like pregnancy, have been ruled out.

A visit with your gynecologist or other health care professional is the first step in determining the cause of your prolonged menstrual bleeding. Your doctor will make a diagnosis after performing a series of tests.

Depending on your age, your doctor may test your blood for pregnancy, hormone levels, and thyroid function. Other diagnostic tests and procedures may include pap smears, endometrial biopsies, and ultrasounds.

Medical conditions that could be the cause of abnormal menstrual bleeding include:

Uterine fibroids, non-cancerous growths of the uterus wall
Endometrial hyperplasia, a thickened endometrium
A bleeding disorder, like von Willebrand disease
Problems with clotting
Thyroid functioning
Glandular issues
Ovarian cysts
Uterine polyps
Problems with ovulation can also impact a period’s length.

Please keep us updated once you see your physician.


August 12, 2016 - 8:29am
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Hi Maryann, hope you're doing well. . I went to the doctor in an emergency since I started having bad cramps and nausea. She didn't test anything but she gave me Oral Contraceptives for hormonal imbalance. She told me to take a 28 day course starting from day one of my period and then get back to her.
I would really like to understand why she gave me this pill. Will you help me in that please?
Also I don't know what happening to my body, I'm getting frequently feverish and I had mood and hunger swings. Is this normal?
Also I'm a little weird, I have spotting almost everyday. Do I start taking the pill now or wait for the real periods to start?

August 15, 2016 - 2:18pm
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Hello AyenaRyz,

Thanks for getting back to me.

The hormones, estrogen and progestin, in oral contraceptives can help regulate the menstrual cycle. These two hormones play key roles.

Your body may be adjusting to the increased levels of hormones. If these symptoms persist or worsen, please contact the physician, who prescribed the oral contraceptives.


August 16, 2016 - 9:29am
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