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By londona
 
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I started my period this month on the 13th of July, the first week it was just spotting and weak, then the following week it started heavy like normal, and never stopped! i still have it. (going on week 4) Im afraid that im not on my period at all and i am just bleeding. I can go thru a super tampon and a super over night pad in about 3-4 hours. the tampons really don't even work, i just pass right thru them, the blood is very runny, like real blood, and i pass huge clots a couple times a day. i can literally push the blood out on command as well, if you know what i mean. I don't have health insurance so i was hoping to see what you think before i go rack up the medical bills. of course ive been reading things online and some people say thier doctor said they would have died in thier sleep from blood loss. so some people say its from stress. or losing weight, which i have done recently.

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londona

Oh my Gosh you really are the BEST!!! i really wish i would have found this site earlier!!! again thanks for all your help, and i will definitley research this some more, I don't even know why i am such a baby when it comes to going to the doctor, the nurses and everyone at the hospital are always as nice as can be anytime i have ever gone. Thanks again, im running on 3 hours of sleep from being in the ER all nite, but hopefully some coffee will help!

August 9, 2010 - 6:25am
londona

i just want to say thanks for your advise, it kicked my but into gear, i just decided to go to the ER at 10pm tonight, i couldn't stop thinking about it, and i figured if i have to pay at least i can pay what i can, anyways i went they did all kinds of stuff and turned out i have an ovarian cyst on my left ovary. they gave me some hormones to stop the bleeding but i need to go to a gyno in 1 or 2 weeks to have it checked out i guess?? not sure, and i am amnemic as well, even tho i have been taking iron pills because i was afraid i was losing too much blood. now to just figure out what an ovarian cyst is. gotta go do my research :) Thanks so much for your help.

August 9, 2010 - 12:47am
Alison Beaver (reply to londona)

I am so happy to hear back from you, that you went to the E.R., and know you know the reason for your bleeding. Yeah!!!!

We have great information on ovarian cysts from experts, as well as from women who have undergone treatment, and I will send you some links. Be sure to read up on this condition, and let us know what questions you have! (You can start another ASK question, so that it is easier to follow).

- EmpowHER Condition: Ovarian Cysts. Here, you can read definitions, causes, treatments and "more information" to search what others have discussed. You can also receive Email Updates about this condition (information from experts, News and women sharing or asking about this condition).

A few relevant articles:
- Do Ovarian Cysts Go away on their own?
- Reference: Ovarian Cysts
- Natural Treatments for ovarian cysts.

There are many more articles discussing treatment options, too!

Let us know what additional questions you have, and we'll talk again soon!

August 9, 2010 - 5:59am
londona

in a way it is denial, i had a baby 1 year ago and EVERYthing is different, but this is completely out of the ordinary. i am not stressed and the wieght was only like 10lbs and i think most of that was blood???!!!! ok well thanks for the input, and blunt is good i kinda need that when it comes to doctors. i hate going especially with no insurance, i guess im just scared of what they will say. i didn't have insurance when i got pregnant either, so i know how it is and how stressful that can be. I don't have a specific doctor either, except my OBGYN who i think is a nut job anyways and i havent been to since i had the baby, so should i go to the ER?? or call planned parenthood or what, im totally clueless here. we also have a clinic but i am not covered right now by them. Ohhhh man i wish i would have found this website earlier, now im a complete nervous wreck...

August 8, 2010 - 5:33pm
Alison Beaver (reply to londona)

I'm so happy to hear back from you!

Please don't be a nervous wreck. You do not sound like you have any "emergency" symptoms. If you have any dizziness, dehydration, fatigue...any symptom that is unusual or would be considered an emergency, you should call 911 (just as anyone should). Since you have been living with these symptoms for a month, you can be confident that you are doing a GOOD thing by taking care of your body!

Call Planned Parenthood first thing, and let us know what they say. They should be able to see you for an appointment, or know where to refer you. Do you have a PP clinic nearby that offers women's services? If you do not trust your doctor, I would not go back to that OB/GYN. Let me know if I can help you find a Planned Parenthood in your area that provides gynecological services, or you can just go to their website: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/

I understand what you mean by EVERYthing is different...I just had a baby (my 2nd) 4 months ago. I would love to talk about other things that are going on in your life, if you need to talk! First things first, though...let's get this excessive bleeding symptom taken care of.

Please don't worry; once you see the doctor for an examination, please know MANY women have trouble with excessive bleeding. There are treatment options available, and you can find places that provide services on a "sliding scale" or provide a 20%-50% "self pay" discount (you probably already have done this with having a pregnancy and no maternity insurance like I had to...no fun).

Can you let us know what your doctor says?

August 8, 2010 - 6:55pm
Alison Beaver

Hi londona,
I am sorry that you do not have health insurance right now. We've been through that as well (pregnant with no maternity insurance), and I know it is super expensive.

However, you do need to see a doctor. If not now, please call first thing in the morning.

What you have been reading on the internet that your excessive bleeding could be caused by stress or losing weight is ridiculous, and I hope you are smarter than this! Is it denial; are you scared to go to the doctor?

Women can have irregular periods and experience some heavy bleeding. Women's cycles are regulated by hormones, and irregular periods or heavy bleeding can be affected by a sudden significant weight loss/gain or severe stress. That could happen.

Is that what has happened to you? Have you lost 20 pounds suddenly within a month? Have you suffered extreme trauma or stress this month? If no, then these factors are not relevant to your situation, and I am not sure why you are considering them?

- Bleeding for more than 7-10 days warrants a call to your doctor.
- Excessive bleeding defined by soaking through more than one pad or tampon every hour warrants a call to your doctor.
- You are experiencing BOTH, plus this has been going on continuously for not 7 days...but 28 days?!

I am sorry to be so blunt, but please stop denying your health and safety and get to a doctor tonight or in the morning.

Please let us know how you are doing; I am really worried about you.

August 8, 2010 - 2:45pm
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