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Multiple periods in a month?

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive October 2007: Multiple periods in a month?
By Reds9298 on Monday, October 8, 2007 - 09:54 am:

Anyone ever experienced this? I've never even heard of it, but it's happening to me! Last month I had 2 periods (exactly 2 weeks apart) and this month I'm sure I'm about to start my second period again. I wondered why I was feeling so blue and weepy yesterday afternoon/evening, and this morning I woke with cramps and back pain. I'm sure I'll start again either today or tomorrow.

What's up??!! Thoughts, experiences with this? It's not fun. :(

By Trina~moderator on Monday, October 8, 2007 - 10:14 am:

NO, it's not fun! My periods were lasting 2 weeks with heavy bleeding. Two weeks off, two weeks on. Occasional hemorrhaging included. :( In my case, endometriosis and uterine fibroids are the culprits. The endo was causing ovarian cysts, which made my ovaries kick into overdrive producing hormones, which made my uterine fibroids grow, which caused long periods with heavy bleeding. Six months ago my GYN put me on the pill to regulate things. I don't like being on the pill, but for now, it's the lesser of two evils. My period is now somewhat normal and no more hemorrhaging, thank goodness.

A trip to your GYN is in order. They will probably send you for an ultrasound. {{{HUGS}}}

By Reds9298 on Monday, October 8, 2007 - 10:43 am:

Thank you for that info. All the periods have been 'normal' length for me...about 5 days and the "off" period was light but consistent.

I've been off the pill for about 6 months and DO NOT want to go back on it!!!!!!!!! I had an U/S of my uterus a year or so ago when I was having some cramping, but it was completely clear at that time. When I officially start today or tomorrow, I think I will call my gyn and see about getting in. DH and I have been talking about going to Mirena for B/C or him getting a Vas, but the Vas wouldn't solve me problems. :) If she wants to put me on the pill, we'll go ahead with the Mirena.

Any other experiences with this are welcome. Thanks Tink!

By Trina~moderator on Monday, October 8, 2007 - 11:03 am:

Not Tink, but that's OK. :)

My GYN did suggest the Mirena at first, but then decided the pill was better in my situation. She said the Mirena would help with the heavy bleeding but wouldn't control the endo. I had an US last month and the ovarian cysts are gone. Yeah! BTW, my DH had a V two years ago. So, it's pretty safe to say that I will not get pregnant. LOL!

By Karen~admin on Monday, October 8, 2007 - 02:39 pm:

Deanna, I had multiple periods monthly for a while, but mostly had loooooooong ones, they finally ended up lasting as long as 11-14 days or sometimes more, and were coming every 23 days, with heavy clotting/bleeding/cramps. For a couple of years, I was having a period *most* of the time. LOL Like Trina, I had endometriosis, fibroids and adenomyosis. I had a number of *female* surgeries, from laparospcopies for the endometriosis to emergency laparotomy for a football sized tumor on an ovary, to finally having a total hysterectomy at 39. I do NOT miss all that stuff! I'd DEFINITELY make a visit to the GYN.

By Reds9298 on Monday, October 8, 2007 - 04:12 pm:

Sorry're not Tink. :):)

I had very long periods of about 14 days the whole time I was growing up. Then they got more normal (7 days), then I was on the pill for ~12 years.

How is endo diagnosed? I have ZERO pain anywhere.

Thank you ladies. :)

By Trina~moderator on Monday, October 8, 2007 - 05:02 pm:

I don't have a lot of pain with the endo, but some people do. I feel very crampy and uncomfortable at times, but that's it. I figure it's just normal monthly stuff, but I've been told by several nurses and doctors that I have a high pain tolerance. That may come into play. My endo was diagnosed after a laparoscopy to remove ovarian cysts.

By Crystal915 on Monday, October 8, 2007 - 07:03 pm:

Like Karen, I had long periods, and short cycles (21-23 days) but they evened out in my late teens.I'm on BC because of endo as well, I take continuous cycles for 3 months at a time. Mine has not been formally DXed, but because my mom and grandmom have/had severe cases, and I had classic symptoms, the doctors have decided to treat it as is. I would definitely recommend a visit to the gyno ASAP in your case, any unusual bleeding or changing in cycles warrants a trip to the doc. Hope you're back to "normal" soon.

By Dawnk777 on Monday, October 8, 2007 - 08:00 pm:

I agree with the visit to the GYN, to try to find out what's going on.

By Cocoabutter on Monday, October 8, 2007 - 08:21 pm:

Yes, at least a call would be warranted.

When I was about 14 I had un-godly periods. I bled for 6 weeks, then went 3 months without a period at all. The 4 weeks on, 2 months off. Went on like that for about 2 years. GYN finally said I had a hormone imbalance and put me on the BC pill. Been on it since 17.

I just changed BC pills last year, and had periods about every 1/2 cycle as well. When I called my GYN the nurse there said that my body had to start all over again getting adjusted to the new pill, so I should give it some time and it will even out and become regular again. I think she was right.

By Pamt on Monday, October 8, 2007 - 09:21 pm:

The only way to dx endometriosis is with a laparoscopy. I have been having period problems for the last 2 years. Not 2 in a month exactly, but one looong heavy period with lots of clots and then spotting throughout the month. My GYN has found some small fibroids and suspects some adenomyosis, but again a laparoscopy is require for that too. My issues aren't quite bad enough for surgery yet, so I just deal with them. She also suggested BC pills, but I was on them for so long before and me not taking BCP is why DH got a vasectomy anyway. Also, now that I am over 35 and have a history of migraines, BCP are not the safest choice for me. I would agree with the other about a visit to your GYN.

By Amecmom on Monday, October 8, 2007 - 10:03 pm:

Have you considered a nuva ring? I don't know the difference in hormone vs. the mirena, but I know it is a low dose. It also does no require any special procedure.
I've been using it for three years and I love it.
Mild periods and very predictable.
Hope you get it figured out soon. Once a month is bad enough ...

By Dawnk777 on Monday, October 8, 2007 - 10:39 pm:

I know about 4 months after Emily was born, I started having a period again, but that it was screwy for a while,until everything got regulated again.

By Karen~admin on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 10:29 am:

I had LOTS of pain with the endo.......and one of the symptoms of that is pain with intercourse......UGH! It was a nightmare at the time..........

As others said, a laparoscopy is the diagnostic *tool* for endo.......and a GOOD doc will laser it all out and check your insides really well to hopefully find it all. However, most often it comes back, if you have a uterus, you can have endo.

Repeating here..........get yourself in to see the doc. :-)

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