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Period problems.

By August 8, 2017 - 8:19am
 
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I am 26 years old. I have very irregular periods. Meaning I have one about once a year. In 2016 I had one at the end of July and the same with this year, but this time it has last for 2 weeks and a day. It's very heavy with large clots. And cramps. Which is usually how it is when I do have one but it doesn't usually last this long. I have a doctor's appointment this week but it's at the end of the week. Should I be worried or is this about normal?

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HERWriter Guide

Hello JM2424

Thank you for writing.

Our hormones dictate our periods and menstrual cycle so clearly there is a disruption of hormones if you only get a period once a year.
Your doctor will likely check for polycysic ovaries (PCOS) or other conditions that can cause this.
Your appointment is in a matter of days, try not to worry now since this has been going on for so long. Your doctor will likely take blood samples and possibly order scans. The sooner you know what is going on, the sooner you can discuss treatment. Your doctor may also be able to give you medication to stop the prolonged bleeding.
Best,
Susan

August 8, 2017 - 8:35am
(reply to Susan Cody)

Thank you so much Susan! I have actually been tested about 4 years ago for PCOS and everything was normal. I do have a thyroid problem though and I've been told that it can cause problems with a normal cycle also.

August 8, 2017 - 9:54am
HERWriter Guide (reply to JM2424)

Hi again!
Yes, your thyroid is also a hormone and can interfere in your cycle. Talk more to your doctor.
Best,
Susan

August 9, 2017 - 6:18am
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