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heavy and prolonged menstural bleeding

By Anonymous February 4, 2011 - 4:52am
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After skipping my periods for three months this month I had my periods. but the thing wired is that its almost 12 days and Im bleeding like I bleed the first second day of my menstruation cycle. Im really panicked as Im travelling and in anew place and thus dont have access to my own doctor? Plz guide

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Hi Zara,
Here is a list of when to contact a doctor for irregular menstrual bleeding (I know several of these probably won't apply in your case):
- You have soaked through a pad or tampon every hour for 2 - 3 hours.
- Your bleeding has lasted longer than 1 week.
- You are pregnant or could be pregnant.
- You have severe pain, especially if you also have pain when not menstruating.
- Your periods have been heavy or prolonged for three or more cycles, compared to what is normal for you.
- You have a fever or abnormal vaginal discharge, especially if it has an odor.
- You have bleeding or spotting after menopause.
- You have bleeding or spotting between periods.
- You have nipple discharge, excessive hair growth, deepening voice, unintentional weight loss or gain, or new acne.
Here is the link in case you want to learn more about this: MedlinePlus: Heavy, Prolonged, or Irregular Periods
Good luck, and let us know how you are doing.

February 4, 2011 - 9:14am

Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for your post.
If you have been bleeding heavy and still are after 12 days, you have lost A LOT of blood and more than likely need an iron supplement. You can buy these over the counter and take as directed.
However, if the bleeding does not seem to stop and you seem to be feeling faint or weak, then you need to see a doctor. Your period may be very heavy this month because you've gone three months without it but pay very close attention to your body. If you are feeling weak, go to a doctor or Emergency Room even if you are out of town or the country.

Wishing you the best!

February 4, 2011 - 6:29am
(reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

Thanks a lot Rosa.
well I will surely go for Iron supplement at the earliest. However as yet I dont have much feeling of weakness just feeling very sleepy most of the time. fortunately I dont have any cramps or pains either its just coming in hot flushes. I hope it will stop soon in day or two otherwise as u suggest I will consult a doctor.

February 4, 2011 - 7:11am
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