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What could be happing with my menstral cycle and/or body?

By Anonymous September 22, 2010 - 1:31pm
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It all started when I was 16, when I had my first period. It was "normal" for about a year and a half. After that things went wacked. I stared to miss cycles so my doctor put me on birth control. It became "normal" as long as I was on it. I had to go off it cause I developed an allergic reaction to it. I was 19 when I stopped taking it. I am now 26 and have not had a "normal" period since then. I will spot or bleed for about 24 hours then it stops and I have a brown discharge for a day. After that I won't have a period for about 2-3 days then I spot or bleed again with the brown discharge after. What is wrong?

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Hi Anonymous

We cannot diagnose your problem.

Have you seen a gynecologist since you went off the pill? Have you had blood tests to check your hormones? Do you have any other medical issues?

There are multiple problems that can cause menstrual issues. It would be a good idea to have a thorough gynecological workup to see what is going on with you. This would include a physical exam, Pap test, blood work, and a good medical history at a minimum.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has some patient education pamphlets that may help you: Dysmenorrhea http://www.acog.org/publications/patient_education/bp046.cfm, and Abnormal Uterine Bleeding http://www.acog.org/publications/patient_education/bp095.cfm.

Please get a full workup and if we can help further, let us know. Thank you for writing and good luck.

September 22, 2010 - 6:18pm
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