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Forum Name: Gynecology
|RebeccaP - Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:44 am|
In the last four months I have experienced very late and irregular periods - about 6-8 weeks as opposed to 4 weeks apart. At around week 3/4 for the last 2 months i have experienced spot bleeding, which is blackish in colour, thick in consistency but relatively scanty (i.e there's not much of it). I am not on the pill, and I am not pregnant (have done 2 urine tests), but I am sexually active. Sex doesn't seem to have any bearing on when I experience the spot bleeding. I have never had super-regular periods - they have often been a few days late or early, but I've never experienced anything like this. I don't have any other symptoms. I am about 5'9" and normal weight. I did ask my doctor about it and she said that the spot bleeding was probably old blood left over from my last period (three weeks before). However these periods and the spot bleeding is so different from anything I've experienced before that this theroy doesn't really add up for me (and it doesn't explain my very late irregular periods). I may be paranoid because my mother has a history of ovarian cysts which she has had to have removed - and if my symptoms really are nothing to worry about then thats great. Could someone let me know if this is really nothing to be worried about, or whether i should go and get a second opnion/pay for a private consultation and get some kind of a scan done?
Thanks very much,
|Debbie Miller, RN - Sun Feb 17, 2008 1:39 am|
It is true that dark colored blood usually refers to old blood and it not uncommon. Menstruation is the body's way of cleaning out the uterus and it is made up of a variety of tissues and fluids. Irregular periods can be normal too. With the widespread use of the pill we have come to expect normal periods to be defined as every 28 days but this is artificially created as hormones are manipulated. Left to itself your body can ovulate irregularly and your periods follow.
I would not e alarmed by this and would not feel it necessary to get a second opinion but if it gives you peace of mind, perhaps it would be worth it. Ovarian cysts are quite common too and often do not cause any problems, resolving on their own. Other times they can become painful, rupture, and even require removal. I think your doctor should be able to tell you if you have such cysts.
Try not to worry about this. Best wishes.
|RebeccaP - Mon Feb 18, 2008 5:58 am|
Thank you very much for your response - that really sets my mind at rest!
|Debbie Miller, RN - Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:34 pm|
You are very welcome.
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