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Menstrual bleeding for 20 days or more??? Thats alot of blood!

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Created July 27, 2012 at 6:00 AM

This female I know has had irregular menstrual cycles from when she started menstruating. She is 5'5 and weighs 109-ish pounds. Well apparently she has been bleeding for 20 days or more now last month.This is the first time that has ever happened to her I think. She's been to the doctor's before about the irregular cycles, and the doctor wants her on birth control pills but fortunately her or her mom don't want/allow that. What are some reasons that she is bleeding for this long? What are some things one can do to normalize their menstrual cycles? This female is 17 by the way. Any information about this would be greatly appreciated!

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Why is it "fortunate" that her mother is denying her treatment?

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on July 27, 2012
at 09:53 PM

She is not sexually active lol.

9beda76f4e91faedc8fa70ecdc01251e

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on July 27, 2012
at 09:00 PM

I was thinking miscarriage, too.

9beda76f4e91faedc8fa70ecdc01251e

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on July 27, 2012
at 08:59 PM

I second this book. We use it a lot...

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on July 27, 2012
at 07:42 PM

yes its called "cervical ablation"

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on July 27, 2012
at 07:41 PM

my friend did but she was almost 41 years old. Had something to do with changes in the lining of her cervix... like a pre-cancerous thing. They did an ablation (that may not be the correct spelling) and it worked.

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on July 27, 2012
at 02:53 PM

Jess6 that is exactly how I feel. The Birthcontrol pill would be a band-aid.

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on July 27, 2012
at 02:46 PM

Ok so I did a quick google search and from what I understand, the "period" you get from being on birth control pills are not real periods in the sense that you are not ovulating.

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on July 27, 2012
at 02:41 PM

Well, I think some of you misunderstood my "fortunate" comment. What I meant was that birth control pills, have really screwed up alot of girl's/women's systems that are irreversible. If I'm correct, it's not even a real period that the birth control brings back(not 100% sure). I am sure there are other ways of going about it other than birth control pills. Girls are being prescribed it for every imaginable thing, its ridiculous in my opinion. Did any of you also realize that she is underweight?

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on July 27, 2012
at 01:10 PM

I think it depends on the mother's motivation. Not allowing BCP for legitimate medical reasons because of morality is unfortunate. Wanting the doctor to get to the root of the problem rather than putting a band-aid on the symptom is fortunate.

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on July 27, 2012
at 09:42 AM

Fibroids can cause that much bleeding. She will probably require an ultrasound to look at her ovaries/uterus/etc. She needs to find a better doctor who will look into this.

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on July 27, 2012
at 06:23 AM

Most likely PCOS or endo. She needs a real doctor who can help her. If she has either, her fertility is at risk and her mom isn't helping her by denying her treatment.

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on July 27, 2012
at 06:18 AM

Im sorry I cant offer advice. But I will offer *hugs*.

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F9013a3c7944d40c983e955f3cc83627

on July 27, 2012
at 11:54 AM

I will second her ruling out any more serious issues that I'm ignorant of (like the fibroids suggested above)... but if this is a hormonal issue, herbs can help to tone the endocrine and reproductive systems.

I was in the middle of copying it straight out of my copy of Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Healing for Women, but I feel that if she wants to treat this and is committed... she should buy a copy herself and understand the herbs and why she's taking them. :)

This is a great reference book for any woman interested in herbs!

9beda76f4e91faedc8fa70ecdc01251e

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on July 27, 2012
at 08:59 PM

I second this book. We use it a lot...

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on July 27, 2012
at 07:57 PM

My first thought was if she's sexually active which is likely at that age, she may be having a miscarriage with complications.

It would probably be good for a doc to check out her iron levels.

At her weight, I'm surprised she still has her periods. Has she been checked out for celiac? She might have some deficiencies that are making things catawampus.

9beda76f4e91faedc8fa70ecdc01251e

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on July 27, 2012
at 09:00 PM

I was thinking miscarriage, too.

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on July 27, 2012
at 09:53 PM

She is not sexually active lol.

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4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

on July 27, 2012
at 07:40 PM

Oh my. I am so sorry. 17! Wow that is too young for this kind of a problem.
She needs a doctor immediately who will look at more than just BC for a fix. How about lets find the cause doctor!? ARGggggggggggggg do not get me started.

There are many many reasons this can happen. Guessing is not advised.
A good doctor is advised.

Anyway, in the meantime she should take some iron as well as eat beef.
Iron Extra by Vitanica is an excellent whole foods based iron supplement and will not cause consitipation.

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7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on July 27, 2012
at 07:06 PM

Has anyone else experienced bleeding more than seven days? What was the cause?

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on July 27, 2012
at 07:41 PM

my friend did but she was almost 41 years old. Had something to do with changes in the lining of her cervix... like a pre-cancerous thing. They did an ablation (that may not be the correct spelling) and it worked.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 27, 2012
at 07:42 PM

yes its called "cervical ablation"

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