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Prolonged and heavy period with thick clots, what should i do?

By Anonymous November 20, 2015 - 6:31pm
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Hi, I am a 27 year old mother of two. My normal period is about 3 to 4 days, in which two of those day are heavy with small clots. But over the past 6 months my period has done a 180. I went 30 days or so with out a period, thought I was pregnant. When I finally got my period it started off lite, but then turned really heavy. I was having to change my pad or tampon every 2 hours or so. it lasted a week and a half. Then I went two weeks with no period. When I got it again it started off heavy with really thick clots bigger than a half dollar. It been almost three weeks no with no relief. I have to double up and use a tampon and pad just to try and make it through work. but I have to change both every hour. I am feeling tired a lot as well. I even wake up in the middle of the night and have to change again. I don't want to make an expensive trip to the doctor for them to just say I need to be on a medication or on birth control to regulate it out. Can I get some opinions. What do yall think I should do?

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Hello and thank you for choosing EmpowHer,
There are many possible reasons this is happening.
-Uterine fibriods (non-cancerous growths of the uterus wall)
-Polyps on uterine lining
-Thyroid disfunction
-Endometrial hyperplasia, a thickened endometrium
-A bleeding disorder, like von Willebrand disease
-Problems with blood clotting
-Glandular issues
-Ovarian cysts

Since there are many underlying causes of prolonged/irregular bleeding, it is extremely important that you see a doctor. You are right however. Most doctors will treat the symptom by immediately prescribing birth control pills without even performing an examination to check for the underlying cause. This is a huge problem and one you can avoid by knowing what to ask for.
I highly suggest that you go with a list of these possible causes and ask about each one. Have at least a pap smear and ultrasound. If those do not show anything abnormal, you may also want to get a Endometrial Biopsy.
It is very important, especially since you've had kids, to be very thorough in ruling out all the possible causes before assuming it is simply hormonal imbalances.
I wish you all the best.

November 21, 2015 - 10:32am
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