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|leekru - Tue May 19, 2009 5:11 pm||
Forgive me if this is already answered. I did search for similar medical conditions, but found nothing that was like mine as I am not on birth control or struggling with any other issues.
I am 31 years old. I had a normal period on 29 Apr. A week after my period I started to experience pretty bad period-like cramps. A week later I began discharging mucousy, brown clot-like blood. It is a little smelly and very thick. It is not enough to use a tampon, but when I wipe after using the loo there is a lot of blood (not fresh, but not completely brown) and a few light pink drops on my underwear. This has been going on for over a week. I usually have very irregular periods, but more often they are anything from 4-8 weeks apart. This is not a proper period.
I had a baby in 2007 and am currently not using any hormonal contraception.
I am overweight, but have been losing weight since Jan this year. I have also started jogging.
|Debbie Miller, RN - Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:54 pm||
We don't usually worry about brown discharge, which just indicates old blood that was not completely evacuated with your period. Clots are also common when blood has pooled and variations like this occur with most people over the course of their reproductive years. Menstrual fluids consist of discarded tissue as well as blood as the body cleanses itself and replaces tissue. This is the normal process and hormonal changes (also normal fluctuation) can result in period irregularities, including mid-cycle bleeding. It would be the rare woman who consistently had completely predictable cycles.
Don't worry about it. Chances are after a few months things will be more typical of your pattern.
Congratulations on your efforts to get your body in a healthier place. Stay with the program. If you do have another child, being at a healthy weight will only improve your chances for success.
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