Hello, Superstars! I come to you, as always, seeking help. I think I may have posted here a while ago about this same issue, but I’ve had some recent developments and really could use some help.

I’m putting this behind the cut for length and some descriptive detail that may be somewhat gross.

Okay so, in July of 2010 I had an EXTREMELY heavy period. Like, I was going through pads like no bodies business. I had awful cramps, I was passing huge (seriously, gigantic…) clots of blood and… I don’t know. Things that came out of me looking like globs of bloody jelly. It was just all around miserable. After that, things went back to normal until October 2010. I basically had a repeat of the July period. Ever since October of 2010, my period has become regularly irregular. What I mean by that is I went from getting my period every 28 days to getting it, oh… every 2-3 weeks. I didn’t go to the doctor until Spring of 2011 because I didn’t have health insurance, but as soon as I did I went. They immediately put me on a birth control that was supposed to regulate my period/I’d only get my period 4 times a month. This basically didn’t work at all. I stayed on it from March 2011-August 2011 and it was awful. Not only did I have bad side effects, I got my period every single month for the first three months or so. THEN I just started getting my period forever. I went to the doctor, told them I hadn’t STOPPED my period for well over a month, they had me take 3 pills a day, I was an emotional wreck, blah blah blah. My period finally stopped only to start again for another whole month. Went back to the doctor, same song and dance, whatever. I eventually stopped taking the birth control and my period went back to coming every 2-3 weeks. I’ve been dealing with this because honestly, I’m not too excited to go back to my doctors. However, I just started my last period March 25. It ended April 6 (they’re also REALLY LONG periods). Now it’s April 18th as of 6 minutes ago and about 20 minutes ago, when I went pee, I wiped and the toilet tissue was red as if I’m starting my period AGAIN. I’m just at my wits end with this whole mess. I’m so tired of having this god awful, completely draining process happen to me TWICE per month. I’m going to suck it up and go to the doctor, but I can’t go until next week at the earliest and in the mean time I’d like some peace of mind, or insight to what’s going on.

The only thing I can think of left to mention is sometimes I get UTIs, I have a SLIGHT pain in my left ovary area (but nothing anywhere near what I imagine a cyst issue would feel like) and I’m fairly certain I’m STI free. I haven’t been tested in a while, but I’ve been with the same partner since October 2010 and have virtually no symptoms of anything other than this whacky period non-sense.

Edit: Also, I should mention that sex is VERY painful. I have lost all enjoyment out of it. I’m in a long-term, happy, committed relationship and sex, no matter how much foreplay is involved or how much I want it just never seems to work anymore because of the pain.

Thank you, thank you, thank you in advance.

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9 Responses to Period out of order.

  1. Rufwoa says:

    BOO! It’s me! Bwahahaha. Such a great community, right?

    I’ve had the exact same problem before during my last two years of high school except that birth control DID get the problem fixed :\ I’m so sorry you have to go through this. I know exactly what this is like :O

    I would advise calling your doctor back and demanding more answers because obviously the birth control is NOT working for you. There is a solution to this, I promise!

  2. Dnuwoa says:

    Oh hey you!

    I’m glad birth control got it fixed for you. 🙁 It’s never been very kind to me.

    I WILL go back to the doctor. I’m not necessarily excited about that, but I guess it’s necessary this time around. I’ve been doing some research (I should NOT be allowed on Google when I’m freaking out about medical related issues) and it seems possible that I could have ovarian cysts. I just have always associated those with being SO painful, and I never seem to experience pain unless I’m having sex…

  3. Remoma says:

    I can’t help with the period questions, but it’s quite common to have a cyst with little to no symptoms. My doctor told me she found an asymptomatic one the size of a ping pong ball on her ovary when she did an ultrasound for a study. Often they only become noticeable when they burst or grow very large.

    The ovary-area pain isn’t showing up when you get UTIs, right?

    Also, it doesn’t sound like your doctor is doing a lot to get to the bottom of your problems. Perhaps see if you can go to someone else?

  4. EirNet says:

    This is unfortunately only anecdotal evidence, but could it possibly be endometriosis? One of my best friends had the same symptoms as you – constant heavy periods every two weeks which completely drained her, and lots of pain issues with sex when she became active. I hope someone here with more experience can give a more detailed explanation, but from the long talks I’ve had with her it sounds very similar to what she experienced. Fingers crossed it gets resolved soon for you!

  5. Dnuwoa says:

    I actually just looked up endometriosis and it seems to fit. I’ll definitely get to the doctor to get this checked out.

  6. GniNet says:

    I don’t have much experience with endometriosis, but for a while I was trying to figure out an unrelated problem and wound up researching it a bit. Bleeding between cycles, having very long, very heavy periods and having a lot of pain during sex all sound like endo to me. That’s what I came here to suggest. OP, I hope you get it all resolved! It does sound exhausting.

  7. Ytune says:

    This can be a sign of a lot of things, so you really do need to get a pap and get it checked out.

    Have you ever had an abnormal pap?

    Did you mean to say a period 4 times a year, or a month? I’m hoping you meant year.

    I have heard that mirena can help and lessen periods, but since you’ve tried to control it hormonally before, I’m not sure if that will help. You definitely need to talk to your OB/GYN and possibly even so see a specialist, if they can refer you to one.

  8. Ssefornia says:

    I agree with above posters that a more determined doctor may be in order. Definitely one who’s not just going to hand you a pill.

    Did they also check you for anemia? It can make more normal periods more painful and longer.

    I’m sorry that you had such irritating experiences with you doctor. Because, aside from the bleeding problems, newly painful sex is not a good sign. Are you ok with abstaining until you get the ok from the Doc?

  9. Eanva says:

    Did they do ANY tests?? or just put you on birth control and wave you away?

    You should have gotten an ultrasound at the very least. Go back and demand one.

    Your blood hormone levels should also be checked.

    A pap smear might be useful but probably won’t tell you much. A physical pelvic exam could be useful though.

    Good luck!

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