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Late heavy one day period?

By February 16, 2011 - 4:16pm
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I am 30 years old. I have normal periods ranging from 27-29 days. Normal bleeding and normal length being 4-5 days. I started my last period on 01/15/11. I was around 4-5 days late in February. I bled extremely heavy for around 6 hours going through aprox 12 heavy flow pads. Not much cramping only occasional and mostly in my back. I stayed home from work that day. By noon the bleeding had stopped. There were some clots, nothing abnormal other than one that was a little larger. I have been exhausted so I went to bed around 6pm the night of the bleeding. (yesterday). I woke up this morning and bled as soon as i stood up. Then abruptly it stopped. I have had no other symptoms other than feeling "hormonal". I have taken 2 hpt's and both have shown negative. I took one yesterday around 5pm and the other this afternoon around 3pm. I would like any input on idea's of what could possibly be going on. I can't afford an unneeded trip to my gynocologist due to my husband switching jobs and no insurance for a few more weeks. If anyone has had this happen before please share with me your stories. I am really concerned due to the abnormalities. I don't know how to approach this problem. Or if it really even is a problem, maybe just something that happens sometimes?

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I started the fatigue before I had the bleeding, the bleeding I do feel made it worse. I have gotten some clots before, this one was just different. There was a rather large one and a lot of blood. I have never passed that much blood in so few hours. It was very scary to me. There is no free clinic in my area that I am aware of and I have tried to find out. I did call my dr office and spoke with her nurse a couple of times. They were pretty concerned that I be examined as well. However they were not willing to accept the $100 that I could put down and make installments over the next few weeks. They want $400.00 up front. She said they would need to do an exam, a vaginal ultrasound, and a regular ultrasound, and also some blood work. The estimated total was $400.00. I did not go to my apt because I can in no way afford that at this time. I have completely quit bleeding now. A little crampy tonight in my lower abdominal area and my back. Would a pregnancy test still have come up negative if I took it only a few hours after the bleeding stopped? Also if it happened to have been a miscarriage, what is there to do now? I have been monitoring my temperature and it hasn't gotten above 100 degree F. It stays around 99 most of the day. So I don't think there are any infections. I am definetly concerned, I just don't have many options at this point. I don't know wether to expect my period to start again or if it will just be next month. Also my emotions are very rollercoaster.

February 16, 2011 - 7:05pm

Hi T.S.
Clearly, because of your concern and reaching out to the Empowher community, this heavy bleeding with clots is not normal for you. The heavy bleeding can lead to iron deficiency anemia which explains your feeling of exhaustion.
My heart goes out to you that you have no current insurance coverage and can't afford a visit the gynecologist. Have you telephoned your doctor to report this? I am not a physician, but I am very concerned: this could have been a miscarriage, you could be anemic...And I think you really need to be seen and properly evaluated. Is there a free health clinic that deals with women's health issues in your area? This may be an option for you.

February 16, 2011 - 6:21pm
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