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Period about a week after my last menstrual cycle?

By Anonymous October 26, 2014 - 3:05pm
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Hi, I'm almost seventeen, and a few days ago I started my period about a week after my last one. The thing is, it isn't really a "full-blown period". For about 2-3 days its been mostly old blood, however I am still getting some of my regular symptoms like back pain. I am not sexually active, and I exercise frequently. What is happening?

More details: I didn't have my first period until I was 14 and, at that time, my menstrual cycle was irregular for about a year and I had very severe symptoms (like severe back pain and abdominal, inability to drink or eat without vomiting etc). This was partly due to the fact that I had an undiagnosed UTI for a long time (stupid doctor never ran my urine sample after I went to the emergency twice), however I've always wondered if this has any connection to why my periods are so bad. I have fairly heavy flow for the first few days and they last up to a week. My menstrual cycle fluctuates from 21 days to over 30 days. I have never seen a gynecologist (probably should have)...

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Hi Anonymous and welcome to EmpowHER.

At age 17 you are certainly old enough to have your own gynecologist and to not have to discuss your menstrual cycle with a pediatrician. I encourage you to do so, since you have had issues for three years now.

It's difficult to know what is causing your continuing back pain or why your periods are irregular without the benefit of a full medical history and physical exam. Will you make an appointment soon so you can get the answers and help that you need and deserve? Let us know how it goes.

Hope that helps,


October 26, 2014 - 3:35pm
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