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Hi everyone! I am looking for some support/suggestions/experiences regarding excessive bleeding during periods.

I am currently on ortho evra (the patch) which I have been using for at least the last two years. My cycle is every 28 days with light spotting over the course of 3-4 days during my patch off week.

Last week, I had an awful period with cramping and a four hour period of excessive bleeding. I removed my patch on Sun 2/19 and hadn't seen any spotting until Thurs afternoon. Typically, I will see spotting two days after patch removal. So I had some spotting on thurs and nothing major. Noticed some cramping but nothing out of the ordinary. Then I went to bed and was woken up around 3:00am where I was just bleeding and bleeding. Its as if it wouldnt stop. I went and sat on the toilet after using three super tampons in about 45 mins. This is something that I have NEVER experienced even when I was off bc. After about almost four hours of this heavy bleeding, it eventually subsided. I then proceeded to have some spotting until this Tues 2/28.

For the last few weeks I have felt nauseous, sometimes dizzy, run down. My family has a history of endometriosis and early menopause. My sister also needed to have an ovary removed due to a grapefruit sized cyst on it.

I was concerned after talking to my sister and decided to go to the gyno. She did an exam and told me that she's hoping that this last period was just a "fluke" and not to be too concerned. She did a pelvic exam, felt around, pap smear and sent me to have my iron levels tested.

I can't help but worry that something is seriously wrong and the dr is just waiting until next time. What if I go a month or two without excessive bleeding and then it happens again? She suggested possibly changing birth control from patch to something else to see if that would help before doing an ultrasound. I'm just not sure if I should get a second opinion or what. I don't want to have an ultrasound done to ease my worries although it would be helpful and I also don't want to play around with different types of birth controls to stop the excessive bleeding.

Am I being to paranoid over this? I am 30 yrs old and am worried about missing my opportunity to have kids.
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From:morning_stand
Date:March 3rd, 2012 02:51 am (UTC)
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Are you sexually active? It almost sounds like you were pregnant and had a miscarriage.
From:squiggles_32
Date:March 3rd, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
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I am sexually active but have had sex only once (Jan 23rd) in the last 3-4 months. I'm trying to figure out my periods prior to the 23rd to see where I was in my cycle and what week patch I was on. I had a miscarriage about 9 years ago and didn't experience the cramping or extremely heavy bleeding that I did this time. When I miscarried before, I did see a lot of clots which from what I saw this time, there were none or very few.

The dr I saw yesterday did a pregnancy test which came back negative. Would it have come up positive even if I had a miscarriage since the pregnancy hormones would still be in my blood? Or would it be after a week the hormones significantly decrease?

So many questions and concerns and still feel like I have no answers or any possibilities as to what might have happened. I think it might be time to find a new ob since this was the second "not so great" experience I had.
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From:dindin
Date:March 4th, 2012 12:44 am (UTC)
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There's nothing wrong with seeking a second opinion, but I think the doctor was being appropriately conservative in not doing an ultrasound given that it only happened one time. I understand your concern given your family history, and you could certainly insist on an ultrasound if you wanted, but I don't think one heavy period is really indicative of one thing or another. If it happens again, you might want to get an ultrasound before you switch birth control methods. There are lots of reasons for heavy periods that don't involve your fertility.
From:squiggles_32
Date:March 4th, 2012 12:48 am (UTC)
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Thanks for your input! I really hope that it was a fluke and nothing other than that. I can't help but think that I was preg and miscarried but given the dates when I apply the patch and the date that I had sex, it just doesn't add up. I will hope that next months isn't bad!
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From:dindin
Date:March 4th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
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There's no real reason to think that you were pregnant unless your patch partially came off or something. Were you sick or on a new medication this month? Were you stressed out? Was anything different at all that you can think of? Maybe you started a new diet or exercise routine?
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