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By Anonymous September 18, 2017 - 10:15pm
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I'm 23 years old. For the past 3 months I've been getting my period every 2 weeks. Now I'm getting it every week & a half. No cramps, just being a little moody & hungry. I am sexually active but not taking any birth control. I'm currently waiting to get approved for state funded women's health care to get this checked out. Has this happened to anyone before? If so, what was the cause?

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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing.

This kind of bleeding can be due to uterine fibroids - fibroids are benign (noncancerous) growths in the wall of the uterus. The uterus is the reproductive organ where a fetus grows. Fibroids often grow into the uterine cavity. In rare cases, they may protrude from the uterus toward nearby organs. Fibroids may be very small or may grow to eight or more inches in diameter. Usually more than one fibroid is present. About 20%-30% of women of childbearing age, and as many as half of all women, have fibroids. Many do not realize it. Some do not have symptoms until their late 30s or 40s.

Symptoms range from none at all to mild or severe. This all depends on the size and location of the growths.

If you have any of these symptoms do not assume it is due to fibroids. These symptoms may be caused by other conditions. Tell your doctor if you have any of these:

Pelvic pain
Feeling of pelvic pressure
Heavy menstrual bleeding
Clots in menstrual flow
Long periods
Bleeding between periods
Increased cramping during periods
Pain during sex
Frequent need to urinate
Enlarged uterus, giving the appearance of pregnancy
Low back or leg pain
Infertility by blocking the fallopian tubes
Iron-deficiency anemia may develop if bleeding is heavy.

Doctors find most fibroids during routine pelvic exams. An abdominal ultrasound confirms the diagnosis. A transvaginal ultrasound may be done to obtain clearer images. A CT scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be ordered in complex cases. Hysteroscopy allows the doctor to see inside the uterus. She inserts a thin, lighted tool into your vagina and passes it through your cervix. During the procedure, the doctor may be able to remove small fibroids or reduce the size of larger growths.

You may have some other reproductive disorder going on - something as simple as the birth control pill may help. When you get your appointment, make sure to let your clinician know all your symptoms.

September 19, 2017 - 4:43am
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