Month-long period?

Month-long period?

Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
Okay, cutting to the chase here: I've had my period for a month now. It's not like a normal period, either, where I spot for a few hours, have a few days of red blood, then finish off with some brownish blood before going back to normal. It's all over the place, randomly going between a very light pinkish flow (this is what it is most of the time), a dark red heavier flow, a brown sludgy flow, no flow at all, and a mild bright red flow. Any one of these might last anywhere from an hour or two to a full day. What the everloving hell???

Once, years ago, I had a period last for two weeks, but I don't think it was anything like this. I intend to see a doctor as soon as I can afford to, but I'm wondering if this has happened to any of you, or if someone might have an idea of why it's happening.
01/26/2013
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doowop doowop
I don't have any advice, but I feel your pain.

Do you feel like maybe you're a little anemic now from it lasting so long?
01/26/2013
Bleu Bleu
I wouldn't wait for the "as soon as you can afford it." Go to a local women's health clinic or something. They are usually free or go on a sliding scale system but many cannot turn you away if you can't pay them (it's against the law or something).

My mother once had a 2-week period and that seems uncommon but not unheard of but it's not natural for you to have a period for this long (or to be spotting for this long).

I'm sorry I can't offer any advise other than going to a community clinic or something...I've never heard of this happening to anyone.

I do hope you're okay.
01/26/2013
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
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Originally posted by doowop
I don't have any advice, but I feel your pain.

Do you feel like maybe you're a little anemic now from it lasting so long?
Well, I do have a cold, but that's a recent development and it seems to be going away quickly. Overall I feel fine, aside from mildly annoyed... and also really happy I went reusable a few months ago. Can you imagine how much money I'd have used up on pads/tampons in order to deal with this? Holy mackerel!
01/26/2013
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
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Originally posted by Bleu
I wouldn't wait for the "as soon as you can afford it." Go to a local women's health clinic or something. They are usually free or go on a sliding scale system but many cannot turn you away if you can't pay them (it's ...
I need to get myself a gyno appointment anyway (I've held off on finding one), and I'll probably have the money pretty soon. Never occurred to me to look into a clinic. I could be wrong, but it always seemed like those clinics focused mostly on pregnancy and/or the prevention thereof, rather than general women's health or issues such as mine. I'll have to ask around.

I've heard of something like this happening just once: my mother had a coworker who had an ongoing period for years and never went to see a doctor. Now that is insane!!! I've also heard that some women have spotting at random even when they're not on their period, but I've never had that happen before.
01/26/2013
deltalima deltalima
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Originally posted by Rin (aka Nire)
Okay, cutting to the chase here: I've had my period for a month now. It's not like a normal period, either, where I spot for a few hours, have a few days of red blood, then finish off with some brownish blood before going back to normal. ...
I've had a 2 week spell but that was because I had other complications as well. Definitely get it checked out as soon as you can.
01/26/2013
bratcat bratcat
This has happened to me in the past and was one of the reasons i originally was put on a BC pill. I would seek medical attention as it is abnormal and may indicate something more serious (such as a cyst). They may or may not have to run a blood test and/or biopsy, but it's best to probably see someone about it.
I learned a couple years ago the reason for my monthlong bleeding or 3-6 month absence of a period was due to my medical condition PCOS which was easily fixed by taking a oral BC.
01/27/2013
*Camoprincess* *Camoprincess*
I have had one for almost 2 months, had no insurance so I ended up going to the ER. I already have female medical issues so I chanced it letting it go on as long as it did. I ended up having a hormone imbalance an was given a prescription for some pills to stop the bleeding I had to take them for 10 days. Also if you go to the doctor or the ER make sure you know how quick you are going through pads/tampons. I was asked how often I had to change pads/tampons in an hour time frame. If you are having horrible pain of any kind I would go to the ER just to be safe. ERs can't turn you away so that is one way to get looked at. When I went they did blood work,pelvic exam,pregnancy test,ultrasound really anything an everything under the sun to make sure I was alright. I have been down this road and route about 6 times. I was on birth control I want to say at least 3 or 4 of those times.
01/27/2013
Cosmonaut Cosmonaut
Oh, I had mine for a month and a half when I turned 21. Basically, I couldn't go anywhere. I would literally bleed through a new tampon in 1-2 seconds/a heavy duty pad in ~10 seconds...at that consistent pace for 1.5 months, no joke. So not only was it a long period, it was the heaviest period of my life. To save money, I sat on the toilet all day or sat on towels. I went to the OB/GYN and they couldn't find anything wrong. My guess is that my body was going through the every 7 year change.

Maybe you're going through 7 year change? o.O
01/27/2013
novanilla novanilla
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Originally posted by Rin (aka Nire)
I need to get myself a gyno appointment anyway (I've held off on finding one), and I'll probably have the money pretty soon. Never occurred to me to look into a clinic. I could be wrong, but it always seemed like those clinics focused mostly ...
Women's health clinics like Planned Parenthood, Family Planning, and all those deal with all women's gynecological problems. They are associated with birth control a lot, but they also do regular check ups. There are gynecologists there who can help you. They also have payment plans. I used to go to one when I was a teenager without health insurance and it was way more affordable for me there.
01/27/2013
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
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Originally posted by Cosmonaut
Oh, I had mine for a month and a half when I turned 21. Basically, I couldn't go anywhere. I would literally bleed through a new tampon in 1-2 seconds/a heavy duty pad in ~10 seconds...at that consistent pace for 1.5 months, no joke. So not only ...
I've never heard of anything like a 7-year change. If such a thing is so, then it's possible (I'm turning 24 in less than a month and it'll be my 14th year of having my period), but I don't recall anything like this happening 7 years ago.
01/27/2013
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
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Originally posted by novanilla
Women's health clinics like Planned Parenthood, Family Planning, and all those deal with all women's gynecological problems. They are associated with birth control a lot, but they also do regular check ups. There are gynecologists there who ...
Good to know. I technically do have health insurance, but it's pretty crappy (yay for retail benefits) and I prefer to pay things off as quick as I can, but I could certainly live with a payment plan if need be. I'll have to see if there's any such clinics nearby.
01/27/2013
Khanner Khanner
If you're on the pill, this could mean your dose is too low. Otherwise, it might be serious. Hope you can get help soon.
01/27/2013
RedGlitter RedGlitter
Yeah, if I were to go more than a week and a half (I'm on the pill and it’s always about 5-7 days of bleeding) I'd be at the doctors, insurance or not! I scare myself easily!
Good luck--check it out, please!!
01/27/2013
marriedlady123 marriedlady123
Have you just gone off of or switched birth control?
01/27/2013
Chami Chami
I would be going to the doctor or at least calling to ask the doctor about it
01/27/2013
captainsgirl captainsgirl
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Originally posted by Rin (aka Nire)
Okay, cutting to the chase here: I've had my period for a month now. It's not like a normal period, either, where I spot for a few hours, have a few days of red blood, then finish off with some brownish blood before going back to normal. ...
it could be numerous things, but you should get checked asap
01/27/2013
Cosmonaut Cosmonaut
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Originally posted by Rin (aka Nire)
I've never heard of anything like a 7-year change. If such a thing is so, then it's possible (I'm turning 24 in less than a month and it'll be my 14th year of having my period), but I don't recall anything like this happening 7 ...
It isn't how many years you have had your period for, it's how many years you have lived since birth. I think some of your cells regenerate.

Cells renew at different paces. I think it is just certain cells are replacing at that point in time.

Maybe it affects people differently?
01/27/2013
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
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Originally posted by marriedlady123
Have you just gone off of or switched birth control?
Never been on birth control at all, and for that matter I'm not on any kind of medication. I'm kind of hoping I don't have to go on birth control to deal with this - it's an expense I don't need, I'm not sexually active at the moment, and my period has never previously given me any problems that required medicine to correct.
01/27/2013
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
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Originally posted by Cosmonaut
It isn't how many years you have had your period for, it's how many years you have lived since birth. I think some of your cells regenerate.

Cells renew at different paces. I think it is just certain cells are replacing at that point ...
Dunno. I've just never heard of any 7-year change regarding periods, at least not anything that should affect anyone so drastically as this. What I've always heard is that your first few years of having a period can be irregular, but it should stay reasonably stable afterwards so long as you're healthy. My info could be outdated (science always marches on, after all), but I've never heard of any wackaroo situations like mine without some sort of illness attached.
01/27/2013
Tibby Tibby
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Originally posted by Rin (aka Nire)
Okay, cutting to the chase here: I've had my period for a month now. It's not like a normal period, either, where I spot for a few hours, have a few days of red blood, then finish off with some brownish blood before going back to normal. ...
Its sucks but its nice to know that its happened to someone else. Mine been for awhhhhhhhhhillllllllll eeeeeeeeeeeee. But I started drinking red rasberry leaf tea. Its for womens health and you can get it at walmart. It helps some :/
01/30/2013
VeganChick (is Gone) VeganChick (is Gone)
A couple of years ago I had three periods in one month. Turns out I was hypothyroid. Best bet is to see your doc. It could be something like endometriosis, which needs medical attention.
01/31/2013
1hotmomma920 1hotmomma920
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Originally posted by Rin (aka Nire)
Okay, cutting to the chase here: I've had my period for a month now. It's not like a normal period, either, where I spot for a few hours, have a few days of red blood, then finish off with some brownish blood before going back to normal. ...
I had a similar problem with my period about a year ago and I thought nothing of it until I was in agonizing pain, nearly unable to move. Come to find out I had a cyst the size of a soft ball on my right ovary. While I am sure there is a plethora of reasons you could be having this problem, I hope you can get in to see a doctor and get it figured out and taken care of. And you may mention that you have read or been told that it may be a cyst a simple ultrasound can determine if there is one, or if it big enough the doctor may be able to feel it during a pelvic exam. I just hope if it is that you can get it fixed before you get to the stage of pain that I went through, I wouldn't wish that on anyone and I would personally rather deliver another child before I went through it again. I hope this has been helpful and I hope you can get your bleeding woes figured out and under control.
02/07/2013
fizzygato fizzygato
Whoaaaaaa

Never heard of one that lasts a month before :/

I think I would die if that were to happen to me. I'd probably die from too much blood loss. It suddenly occurred to me--- what happens if someone has hemophilia and gets a period?
02/07/2013
bratcat bratcat
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Originally posted by fizzygato
Whoaaaaaa

Never heard of one that lasts a month before :/

I think I would die if that were to happen to me. I'd probably die from too much blood loss. It suddenly occurred to me--- what happens if someone has hemophilia and gets a period?
they would probably get many of the same symptoms, but since the "blood" you loose during a period is a mixture of mucous and the lining of the uterine wall, it's doubtful anything major would happen even with having hemophilia. but im not 100% on that.
02/07/2013
melliegirl melliegirl
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Originally posted by Rin (aka Nire)
Okay, cutting to the chase here: I've had my period for a month now. It's not like a normal period, either, where I spot for a few hours, have a few days of red blood, then finish off with some brownish blood before going back to normal. ...
go see a ob/gyn or go to a clinic as soon as you can.
02/19/2013
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
Update, y'all!

Okay, finally got an appointment with an OB/GYN. Still bleeding after two months and now I'm getting abdominal pain, so I couldn't wait any longer. Luckily they took my insurance.

The doc said he couldn't see or feel anything wrong, so they're doing some blood work and I'm going in for an ultrasound on Tuesday. He also put me on birth control to see if that helps regulate the bleeding in the meantime (two month's supply for free, plus an awesome coupon card that should knock down the monthly expense considerably, woo!).

On a side-note, this was my first gyno appointment ever. He's a pretty nice guy, which was awesome because I was nervous as all get-out.
02/26/2013
socceras socceras
If you are bleeding a lot go see a doctor.
02/27/2013
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
'Nother Update

Well, two weeks on BC and no blood, aside from a tiny bit of spotting one day which might have been caused by ovulation (I've never bled while ovulating before, but I know it's not unheard of, especially on medication). I still get a little bit of pain now and then, but it's infrequent and no where near as bad as it was. It's such a relief to finally put my cup and pads away for now. I actually feel normal again.

Seems that my trouble has been solved, even if we still don't know what was causing it. Ultrasound showed no cysts or abnormalities, so that's good. I'm going back for a follow-up in May, so here's to hoping things keep going the way they are!
03/11/2013
lainebug lainebug
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Originally posted by Rin (aka Nire)
Okay, cutting to the chase here: I've had my period for a month now. It's not like a normal period, either, where I spot for a few hours, have a few days of red blood, then finish off with some brownish blood before going back to normal. ...
i'd go to the doctor
03/11/2013
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