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What causes my period to last months at a time?

By August 28, 2011 - 2:28pm
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Since I was 13 I've had problems with my period not stopping. I became so anemic I couldn't stand without passing out. Doctors had me taking 2 birth control pills and 3 iron pills a day. I was miserable. I couldn't keep anything down and I was in the worst pain of my life. Finally after a month of taking all of those pills, it still hadn't stopped. After not being able to stand long enough to have my blood pressure checked, I was hospitalized. They gave me a blood transfusion. About a month or 2 later, it finally stopped. I've had this happen to me several times since then. I even spent an entire Summer in bed. It lasted almost 6 months straight...it would stop for maybe a week every couple of months, if that. Anyway I'm 27 now and going on a month without it stopping. Doctors never tell me what causes this. I want to know why it does this and would this affect my ability to have kids? I don't have health insurance right now so I can have tests done to check my fertility but I'm trying to stay off of the pill because I want kids. Can someone please tell me something???

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I'm a 20 year old felae who has been going through the same thing for about 5 years.
I am severely anemic , And diagnosed with PCOS ,doctors said it would be very unlikely for me to have kids. My body constantly hurts ,im pysically drained, which is very stressful at my age..
If I get up to fast I get very dizzy and have to sit down . Restless . Anxious. Hormonal. I'm literally on my period for life ...and will be off a couple of days in between if I'm lucky. It's hard to deal with , so I feel you guys.

December 16, 2015 - 12:25am
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Hi, Im 14 right now and I'm so relieved to hear other people are going through the same thing. I am anemic and my periods last for months on end. The doctors have given me birth control too but it doesn't usually help.

March 2, 2015 - 5:56pm

I am so sorry you are going through this, and it sounds as though you have not been able to find anyone in the medical field to talk to?

It is important for you to call your doctor(s) offices (the medical records department), and acquire a copy of all of your lab tests and other medical records.

It is also important for you to find a doctor who has time to sit down with you, discuss what tests have been conducted, what the tests results have/have not indicated, and what your next steps are (more testing, treatment options, etc).

Please learn how to advocate for your own health, and find a doctor whom you have a good rapport with, and begin asking these important questions:
- What tests are being conducted, and why?
- What are possible causes to prolonged bleeding?
- Do your family members have any family history of abnormal bleeding?
- What treatment options have already been tried?

You absolutely need to keep a list of your symptoms, treatments that you have tried (that worked, did not work), tests conducted, test results, etc. If you have a difficult time talking with medical professionals, please ask a friend or family member to accompany you to your doctor appointments.

It is crucial that you find the answers to these questions, before anyone on the internet can help guide you to additional information or treatment options. Have certain medical conditions already been ruled out (uterine fibroids, cancer, PCOS)?

Lastly, I am unsure about your wanting to stay off the pill because you want kids---are you referring to the birth control pill? If so, please educate yourself on what the pill does and does not do (it does not cause infertility), and it can lead to a regulated period (however, it sounds like it did not help you previously).

It is vital to talk with your doctors about your fertility, reproductive health and overall well-being. We are here to help, whether you need more confidence or reassurance in advocating for yourself! You can do it!

August 28, 2011 - 5:38pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

thanks. I don't currently have insurance but I plan on getting it asap. I was just wondering if anyone else has experienced anything like this. And yes I know the bill doesn't cause infertility but I can't get pregnant while I'm on it...that's what I meant by that.

August 29, 2011 - 12:11am
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