Period Starts, Stops, and Starts Again W/ Brown Bleeding!

Updated on March 03, 2010
M.B. asks from Colorado Springs, CO
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Anyone else have this problem? My period starts quickly, no spotting just quickly starts. Then I'll have normal period for 2 to 3 days. Then it abruptly stops for 3 to 4 days and then it starts again with brown blood. Anyone else have this issue? I also have very painful ovulation pains!
I should add I am not pregnant, my husband had a successful vasectomy.

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So What Happened?

I went in and they just wanted to put me on the pill. They did an internal exam and tested for infection which was negative. She felt no cysts or masses on ovaries. I do have some symptoms of pcos seen on an ultrasound I had a few months ago. So she thinks the pill might help with abnormal periods and pelvic pain. I'm a little hesitant to get on teh pill though, isn't it risky for 35 or older?

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answers from Pocatello on

This happened to me a couple years ago and I was actually pregnant and didn't know it. It was an ectopic pregnancy in my right fallopian tube. I'd suggest taking a pregnancy test to rule that out. If it's positive, get into the emergency room as soon as possible. Good Luck.

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answers from Salt Lake City on

I have had some problems with my periods being so erratic. I went to the OB in January and he told me to try being on birth control pills for a few months to see if we could get them regular again. He said if that didn't do it then we would have to go in and have a DNC. He mentioned that I might have something on the ovaries that couldn't only be fixed by having that DNC if the pills did correct the problem. I have noticed a change for the better while taking the pills. You might ask your doctor what they think. Good luck.



answers from Provo on

I just want to add that if when you see your GYN he/she does not help you with this, you should go to a different GYN. I had severe pelvic pain that my OBGYN wasn't concerned enough about. Finally the 5th OBGYN I went to confirmed endometriosis, after all the others said it couldn't be endometriosis. I didn't have all the "classic" symptoms such as heavy bleeding. My periods were irregular and sometimes very light. But they started to become increasingly painful. After surgery to remove some of the endometriosis and separate my uterus from my rectum and bladder (the endo had stuck them together), life is much better. Much less pain now. If your periods are becoming more painful than each one before, definitely look into endometriosis. I wish you the best!



answers from Provo on

Off hand, I would say that your progesterone level in down. Having children does that to us. I would get a doctor that will run the complete blood screen on you including all the hormone levels.



answers from Denver on

I have almost the same thing!
I didn't get a very good answer at my OB/GYN, where I was just last week, so I'll be curious about the answers you receive.



answers from Redding on

I think the brown blood is old blood that didn't quite get out the first time around. I rarely had periods and it was usually the brown stuff. I would certainly see your OB/GYN for reassurance.
I have a friend who is convinced something is wrong with her because her blood is red. That's normal. My doctor explained that the darker or brown blood is what took longer to come out and isn't so fresh. But, you should get an evaluation just to feel better about it.
Best wishes.



answers from Pocatello on

I'm wondering how old you are. I'm 41. At my annual I had this same talk with my doc. Ovulation can become painful as we "age" because of scar tissue. Every time an egg errupts, it makes a little scar. Cramping during ovulation as we approach menopause is normal. For a few years now my periods have been like yours... bleed for 2-3 days, get a break, then older (brownish) blood to finish the cycle. Remember the uterus is shedding its lining, so tissue that takes a comes out later in the cycle will be older (hence the color change). The delay in time, for me, was considered normal since everything else is healthy. Hope this helps!


answers from Rochester on

Do you think you may be preganate? Or onset meon-pause? Call you Dr. he will probably do a blood test, brown bleeding is either leftover blood from your last period or possbily impending misscarriage, or best case the egg implanting/ please let us know how you make out, I know this can be a scary time.



answers from Dallas on

You could have oviarian cysts which make ovulation painful and can cause significant spotting between cycles. Make an appointment with your OB/GYN and have it checked out. When I was 17 I had very irregular periods and sometimes they would last for weeks. The doctor put me on birth control pills and it regulated my cycle. That might help too.



answers from Wichita on

Have you been to see a doc.? That would be the first thing on my to do list.
Maybe, a dnc is needed. or even some kind of infection somewhere in your body could do this, or even a cyst on your overies. See a doc. so something that wold normally be minor wouldn't become series. SOON!

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