I Need Period Advice?

Updated on March 14, 2017
S.A. asks from New York, NY
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I just want to know if anyone else has experienced this. I had a period three weeks ago. It never fully went away. I am spotting, sometimes brown and sometimes bright red. I am also cramping. So technically I have been bleeding for three weeks. I'm 39 years old and this has never happened before. Has anyone else had similar experiences?

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So What Happened?

Thanks everyone. I finally had a really horrible period. I bled heavily for four days and then it tapered off. I am eventually going to the dr for just a general well check up.

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R.A.

answers from Boston on

The only time that happened to me was when I accidently forgot to take my birth control pills for two days in a row. I was instructed to take two pills one day and two pills the next to regulate, but I bled for two weeks before my next period.. it was awful. But if you aren't on BC, and this happens, you need to call your Dr..

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N.B.

answers from Oklahoma City on

I did that when I had a miscarriage and didn't get a D&C. My milk came in around my due date too. Once I had the D&C I was fine.

If that's not it then you could have started menopause. Perimenopause can start very early. It's not always noticed. It can last for years before actual symptoms such as hot flashes and cessation of periods happen.

My OB/GYN put me on a special birth control pill and the symptoms stopped. I went back to a normal cycle. But it's not regular birth control, it is specifically geared towards perimenopause.

You need to go to your OB/GYN to make sure there isn't another health issue though. Please don't put it off.

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B.C.

answers from Norfolk on

It could be nothing or it could be serious - we have no way of knowing.
I have a friend whose period became longer and longer till it was almost continuous.
She was anemic from losing so much blood.
Turned out to be an early sign of breast cancer.
She was treated, and is cancer free now.
Please see your doctor.
If it's nothing - it'll be a relief to find out.
If it's something - the sooner you start dealing with it, the better chance for a good outcome.

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J.C.

answers from Philadelphia on

That has never happened to me. Your best bet is to call your gynecologist. Obviously this is not normal.

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D.B.

answers from Boston on

It hasn't happened to me, but when I worked in a women's clinic, we would see patients like this from time to time. It can be caused by a variety of things, hardly any of them something to panic about. However, that doesn't mean to ignore it. Give you doctor a call and see about going in to be examined - an exam is in order, as are some questions about medications, contraceptive method, hormonal issues, and family history. Without that info, there's not much we can do from a distance. Give a call tomorrow but, unless told otherwise, I don't think you need to go to urgent care or anything. The only exceptions to that are if the bleeding increases dramatically, the cramping is extreme, you have a lot of clots being passed, or there's any possibility that you are pregnant.

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M.G.

answers from Portland on

That is why I am on an IUD. I didn't have the cramping, just long drawn out periods. It seemed I was bleeding more than not.

I was examined and I had one of those procedures where they snip and check to see if it's anything serious. In my case, it wasn't. I was getting anemic and it was more just a pain. On my IUD I get several days of just spotting now - that's it. I don't use it for birth control - purely to have shorter periods. I've had no side effects.

My sister, my best friend and a neighbor are all on IUDs for the same reason.

This happened in our 40's. After children.

My mother had cramping, heavy periods (where she couldn't leave house) in her 30's after she had us. She ended up having a hysterectomy. She had fibroids. Not sure if they would do that today.

I'd definitely ask about it. Might be nothing but the earlier you address, the better. At the very least, if there's an option to reduce it so it's not such a pain, worth checking out.

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G.♣.

answers from Springfield on

I've had that happen before (before I had kids), and it turned out to be nothing. My doctor ran tests, and everything came back fine.

Definitely call your doctor. Hopefully it's nothing, like it was for me, but it could be something. You won't know until you see your doctor.

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W.W.

answers from Washington DC on

Have you called your OB/GYN to see if they can see you? Get a blood test done?

Brown blood is "old" blood. Red blood is "fresh".

You should really call your OB/GYN and tell them what is going on and see if they want to see you. Since this has never happened to you before? They might want to bring you in so they can check you out. Bleeding and cramping for 3 weeks is not normal.

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S.W.

answers from Amarillo on

As others have stated you need to contact your OB/GYN. You could be starting to go into menopause.

I know that I had a similar situation but I had fibroids which were sizable and they needed to come out. So it was all taken out and I have been very happy ever since.

Take care of yourself.

the other S.

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J.C.

answers from Anchorage on

When there are major changes from your norm it is always important to contact your doctor just to be sure everything is okay, but as we get nearer to 40 some changes can simply be indicators that we are getting closer to the big M. Talk with your doctor.

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