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Old 10-11-2011, 07:01 AM   #1
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Longer Periods at 35

My name is Frances. Starting June 2010 shortly after a regular pap smear, I started having my period. It was a medium bleed for six days and it stopped. I thought it was over. However, I was mistaken. Two days later it started bleeding heavy so I called my gynecologlist and she scheduled me for a vaginal sonogram. The heavy bleeding lasted two days and overall my period lasted ten days. When I had the sonogram the bleeding had already stopped and the results were normal. Since then I have had long periods lasting anywhere from five to about nine days. Before I was on birth control pills my periods lasted about three to five days. While on birth control pills my periods were about two to five days. After I went off the pill my periods lasted about five days. Sometimes they lasted seven days. Now my periods drag out to about a little over a week some cycles. It starts off with a light bleed the first two to five days. By day five it goes into a heavy bleed and continues until day seven. Then it is either a light bleed for a day or it just stops. This past summer every time my period stops I seem to have some spotting between periods. I seldom had spotting before this. And sometimes after ovulation I have spotting. I'm getting frustrated because I have been trying to get pregnant with no success. I'm thinking of going to the fertility clinic to find out what is really wrong with me. But first I want to see my gynecologist to see if there are any further tests I can take before going to the clinic. I'm overweight. I'm 170-175 pounds for a five foot two frame. I'm 35 years old. Ever since I have gone off birth control I have put on about twenty pounds and I can't seem to lose it no matter what diet I go on. What should I do? What could this possibly be?

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Old 10-14-2011, 06:15 AM   #2
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Re: Longer Periods at 35

This will be my first child. But the way it is going I may never have a child at all. I have been trying for a while and up until last year I have had no real problems with my periods. Thanks for the information. I do have a feeling that it is hormonal because this past period I broke out into pimples at my heaviest bleed. I always have pimples all over the place during ovulation and during my periods. I will be making an appointment with a gynecologist shortly and when I go to her I will mention the possibility of hormones and ask her what kind of hormone tests need to be done and I will make sure that these tests be done even if I have to go to a specialist. And if they say that I shouldn't conceive then that is it. If I knew what I know then I would have just said forget the children right after I went off birth control pills. When I think about it I have familiy history of mental illnesses and learning problems and I believe if I do have a baby the next baby will have more problems then anybody can bear. And in our society it is geared towards people who are perfect. It is not geared towards people who have problems. It is a sad society we are living in. The thing is I need to know what kind of hormones cause this problem. The gynecologist will tell me anyway but if anybody has experience with hormones and longer periods please don't be afraid to contact me through the boards so that I could present these possibilities to gynecologist.

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