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Posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 11:53:32:

Hi everybody,
I hope somebody can shed some light.. last weekend my period started really lightly.. really light spotting for 2 days. And then it finally started, full force. Like a normal period. Since the start of my "normal" period (minus the days of spotting), it's day 5. Usually by now, my period is coming to an end and I might have some brownish discharge/blood, very light. But, I'm still having a bright red bleeding.. it's very light, like spotting.

I know it sounds like my period could just be ending, but like I said, it started with this weird spotting that I've never had before, and it seems like it's ending with weird spotting. My worry is that the bleeding before and after are unrelated to my period... and that I have something else going on down there that is going wrong.

Anybody have ANY insight into what's going on? I'm really worried.
Thanks.. Grace



Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by
madeline [6008.74] on August 11, 2006 at 11:59:30:

In Reply to: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 11:53:32:

How old are you? Maybe you could be pregnant? If you are old enough to go through menopause, that can be the answer too. Every 7 years a womans body goes through changes.Even if you wer eon track believe it or not but the people you hang out with and the seasons conflict with your hormones. Are you on any medicine, Birth control? Do you have fibroids, or endometrosis? All these are factors of irregular periods. Check with your Gyn if you are worried.



Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 12:01:53:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by madeline [6008.74] on August 11, 2006 at 11:59:30:

I always forget to mention my age, but it's pretty important I guess. I'm 34. I doubt highly I'm pregnant. No medicine, no birth control. No fibroids, or endometriosis that I know of. I had a pelvic exam just last week and she said everything felt normal.




Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by
madeline [6008.74] on August 11, 2006 at 12:07:57:

In Reply to: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 11:53:32:

The pelvic exam can through you a little off track? Did you have a pap? If everything seems ok, then It should be fine. Yeah 34 is to early for menopause. See how you are the rest of the month.If you have some irregular bleeding within the month I would consult the doctor.



Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by
madeline [6008.74] on August 11, 2006 at 12:08:36:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 12:01:53:

I meant a little of track ! not (?)

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Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by jen [5481.10] on August 11, 2006 at 13:12:02:

In Reply to: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 11:53:32:

have you always had a perfect period? Are you feeling any pain? sickness? fatigue? what is your intuition telling you. Sometimes your body/brian chemisty can throw things off a little, especially stress.

I got my period for one month when I was 16 and it never came back until I was 25. I'm 30 now and it's been fairly regular for the last five years.It was due to body chemistry.



Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by Ron [2014.2318] on August 11, 2006 at 13:57:17:

In Reply to: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 11:53:32:

Hi Grace,


Are your periods regular and do you have any pains between periods?



Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 14:45:04:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Ron [2014.2318] on August 11, 2006 at 13:57:17:

Ron and Jen,
YOu both asked me the same question...
Yes they are fairly regular (besides the fact that I just started my period again 4 months ago b/c I am breastfeeding, so I was anovulatory for 23 months). I do get ovulation type of pains, and that is sort of new for me too. I mentioned this to my doctor last visit and she wasn't concerned about the ovulation pains.

My periods are usually around 28-31 days or so... to me that is fairly regular. And they are usually about 4-5 days.. I don't even know how to count this past period b/c like I said, I had some REALLY light spotting for a couple days and then sunday night/monday it was like a regular period. So starting from monday, this is the 5th day. But if you count the light spotting days, it's the 7th day. Which is NOT normal for me. If I did not spot those two days, then I wouldn't be concerned about my period at all.

I hope somebody can hlep me out. Grace

BTW.... I have been eating a lot of flax oil in the last month (flax/cottage cheese as per the budwig method). Can this have ANYthing to do with my strange period? My blood didn't clot at all this period.. it was like a very thin blood. But like I said, my biggest concern is the spotting before and after.



Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 15:11:35:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by madeline [6008.74] on August 11, 2006 at 12:07:57:

Yes I had a pap too.. I"m actually still waiting for the results. But, I am assuming they are negative b/c i haven't heard from the office and it's been 1 1/2 weeks. This was a followup from 3 months ago.. I've been having followups since an abnormal pap last fall, everything has been clear every since so I am assuming everything is fine.


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Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by Ron [2014.2318] on August 11, 2006 at 18:06:53:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 14:45:04:

Hi Grace,

Are you eating enough?

How is your weight gain/loss?

Ron



Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by kate [594.2728] on August 11, 2006 at 18:35:19:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 12:01:53:

If you had your exam right before your period, maybe the internal just threw things a bit off.

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Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by kate [594.2728] on August 11, 2006 at 18:40:34:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 14:45:04:

It sounds as though your body may not have settled into its new (post bay) cycle pattern. My periods changed quite a lot after each of my kids (I won't go into the gory details). No problems, but normal before each baby was different than normal afterwards. Call your GYN or midwife if you worried, but you may still just be adjusting to periods again.



Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by Ann W. [4028.852] on August 11, 2006 at 18:44:36:

In Reply to: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 11:53:32:

Grace:
In my early 30s I've had my period do what yours did- more
spotting, more light days of red spotting at the end. I don't
know why, but it doesn't seem to be a problem.

Many women find their periods change as the get older.

If you're concerned, of course, consider talking with a doctor/
nurse about it, but I don't think it sounds like a problem



Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by Jennifer [5342.2555] on August 11, 2006 at 21:28:25:

In Reply to: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 11:53:32:

I notice when my period is about to stop, then I nurse my baby, I spot again and the whole cycle can last up to 10 days. I have also noticed that after this baby, I will lightly spot at first too. I don't think it is anything to worry about.



Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 21:49:03:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Jennifer [5342.2555] on August 11, 2006 at 21:28:25:

Hi Jennifer,
You have no clue how good it is to hear that you have the same or similar thing going on!!! How old is your baby now? Intuitively, i do feel like it must be a hormonal thing, and that my body just needs to adjust and since I'm older it must be that... but I definitely have the mentality that if something is "off" then something is horribly wrong with my body. But, like I said, it's good to hear you have the same thing going on... thanks. Grace



Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 21:50:14:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Ann W. [4028.852] on August 11, 2006 at 18:44:36:

Ann,
Thanks SO much for sharing this. I know that our bodies change as we get older, but it's hard for me to accept it.
THanks again... Grace

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Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 21:51:09:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Ron [2014.2318] on August 11, 2006 at 18:06:53:

OH YES, I am definitely eating enough. I've gained a couple pounds in the last month in fact. I started on a flax seed/cottage cheese diet so that has definitely contributed to my weight gain.

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Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 21:52:02:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by kate [594.2728] on August 11, 2006 at 18:40:34:

I know you said you won't go into the details, but I'd love to hear more about how your periods changed. How long did it take for your periods to normalize???



Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 21:54:49:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by jen [5481.10] on August 11, 2006 at 13:12:02:

Jen,
I answered the questions under another reply.. but you asked about sickenss, fatigue, intuition... I haven't had any sicknesses recently, I am fatigued only b/c my sleep is sort of inconsistent b/c my baby keeps irregular hours (awakes at all sorts of times early morning.. it's never consistent and throws my sleep off every day). Intuition tells me there is something horrible going on with my body, but that's my hypochondriac side talking. My rational self tells me that I should wait a few days and it'll probably go back to normal but my cycle is messed up due to age and pregnancies.

When you say your irregular periods (or lack there of) was due to body chemistry, in what way? What made you realize this? Tests?

Grace



Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by Jen [5481.10] on August 12, 2006 at 00:01:24:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 21:54:49:

I had higher than normal testostorone(sp?)levels. I never worried about not getting my period for 10 years, infact I was kinda glad not to get my period, but I knew that it would be better for me to have one. I never took any kind of medication, when I was 25 I simply started eating better. I cut out sugar and starch and glutten and within a few months my period started to come back. I also experienced a drastic improvement with my mental health. When I stick to the diet, my period is regular but when I eat junk, it stops coming or is late. So I know that I need to eat well always.

As for you girl, you just had a baby!!!! You're body will be very hormonally altered for a while yet. My girlfriend that I'm living with says it took her 10 years to feel as if her body (hormonally) was her's again. I wouldn't worry at all about your period but would check with your DR to atleast ease your anxiety.



Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 12, 2006 at 07:59:27:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Jennifer [5342.2555] on August 11, 2006 at 21:28:25:

Jennifer,
I had another question... when your period lasts up to 10 days, then do you ovulate later and does your entire cycle last longer than normal? I'm just wondering how this extended bleeding can affect the entire cycle...
Grace

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Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by kate [594.2728] on August 12, 2006 at 08:19:46:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 21:52:02:

They normalized within a few months of becoming regular again BUT normal was different than before the pregnancy. So things like whether the flow started slowly or came on full force, number of days, which days were cherry red vs. brownish, how much clotty materal normally seemed to pass, how much ended up in the pads vs passing on the commode (Between my 2 boys' births most of my menstral blood seemed to pass then. Strange, but convinient and of course that changed again since the second was born.)---all of these things seemed to be different after each pregnancy. I wasn't worried, but curious about this and actually remembered to ask my gyn. She said that considering what the body goes through during pregnancy, you'd have to expect some changes.



Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by kate [594.2728] on August 12, 2006 at 08:23:30:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 21:49:03:

I definitely think its hormonal, but I think some aspects of these changes may be a result of physical changes in the cervix and muscle tone. I would think that has to affect how long it takes for everything to pass.



Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by Jennifer [5342.2555] on August 12, 2006 at 08:55:50:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 11, 2006 at 21:49:03:

Actually, this whole spotting thing started after I had my 1st 7 years ago. I just find it more pronounced since I am breastfeeding still.

Even if my period lasts 10 days, I still ovulate around day 14. My periods are very regular, so I guess that's why I don't worry too much about my "dysfunctional" spotting.



Re: Strange Period/bleeding TESTIMONIAL 3LS.

Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on August 13, 2006 at 07:28:34:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Jen [5481.10] on August 12, 2006 at 00:01:24:

Thanks, Jen!

A good example that even one of the legs of the 3LS can make enough difference to resolve something like this.

Walt

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Jennifer

Posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 13, 2006 at 09:37:58:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Jennifer [5342.2555] on August 12, 2006 at 08:55:50:

Hi Jennifer
I hope you're still checking these messages.
Yesterday morning (around day 6 or so), I had some REALLY light, more pink (than red) discharge came out and then the rest of the day and night there was nothing. I was so relieved. And then this morning there was a small amount of diluted pink. What is going on? I'm worried. Did your spotting ever occur so far apart like this? One whole day? I was so relieved yesterday b/c I thought I had been overreacting the whole time. Do you think it's still possible I'm having "weird hormonally induced spotting"???

Thanks.. Grace



Kate

Posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 13, 2006 at 09:43:29:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by kate [594.2728] on August 12, 2006 at 08:19:46:

Did you ever have weird spotting towards the end of your periods? Like, did it ever take forever for things to completely end?????



Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 13, 2006 at 09:47:44:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by Jen [5481.10] on August 12, 2006 at 00:01:24:

The thing that confuses me, is I had a HORRIBLE diet and lifestyle before this last pregnancy and my periods were still as normal as could be. I changed my diet drastically in the last 10 months or so, and ever since my period started again 4 months ago, it's been WACKY. And this period.. it's taking forever to fully go away. Yesterday I had what I thought was my last bit of blood in the morning and then nothing all day and night and then this morning again I had a small amount of pinkish discharge. The color makes me think it's residual since it's not bright red like it was a couple days ago. But it concerns me that a full day went by and then I had a little bit more this morning.

I wish Dr. Stoll would comment on my situation in particular b/c it doesnt' sound normal and I"m wondering what it could me. If Dr. Stoll is reading this post.. I had a pelvic exam and pap almost 2 weeks ago, and an ecc. I haven't heard back from anybody so I am assuming everything is clear. This is a followup pap from an abnormal one last fall, and every followup so far (3 of them) have been normal.. all the paps and ecc's (endocervical biopsy). The pelvic exam was normal, and assuming my pap is normal, then what is my next step??????? What can possibly be going on???

Grace

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Re: Strange Period/bleeding

Posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 13, 2006 at 09:49:23:

In Reply to: Re: Strange Period/bleeding posted by kate [594.2728] on August 12, 2006 at 08:23:30:

I would think that my cervix/muscles are looser and more open now so to me, that would mean the blood would exit even quicker. But honestly i don't think this is how it works either way. I think the uterine lining is shed at a specific rate and the muscle/cervix has nothing to do with how long it takes to pass. I still do wonder if the flax i've been taking has affected my period.

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Re: Jennifer

Posted by Jennifer [5342.2555] on August 13, 2006 at 11:55:45:

In Reply to: Jennifer posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 13, 2006 at 09:37:58:

Mine usually stops around day 6 or 7, nothing, then spotting again. Sometimes it spots until day 10 with no break in between but I think it's the oxytocin from breastfeeding. I noticed I had a lot of pain this time in my ovary which felt like a cyst since I have had one before. It felt like it burst and seems the spotting is not as much. Do you think you could have ovarian cysts?



Re: Kate

Posted by kate [594.2728] on August 13, 2006 at 12:29:36:

In Reply to: Kate posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 13, 2006 at 09:43:29:

I sometimes have intermittent spotting for a few days after the main flow. It's not really unusual for me

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Re: Jennifer

Posted by kate [594.2728] on August 13, 2006 at 12:32:55:

In Reply to: Re: Jennifer posted by Jennifer [5342.2555] on August 13, 2006 at 11:55:45:

The nursing could definitely affect things. Remember when the oxytocin starts up, that does cause the uterus to contract a bit.



Re: Jennifer/Kate

Posted by Grace [4800.1351] on August 13, 2006 at 13:01:57:

In Reply to: Re: Jennifer posted by kate [594.2728] on August 13, 2006 at 12:32:55:

Thanks Jennifer and Kate..
Well my "baby" is 18months and my period started when she was 14 months. Will nursing still affect my hormones/body this much when I delivered SO long ago?

Jennifer, it does make me feel better that yours sounds so much like mine. But, I don't think I have an ovarian cyst b/c I had a pelvic just 2 weeks ago and she said everything felt fine. I know pelvics are not 100% accurate but she always seems so confident.
Grace

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