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Is it a Period or Abnormal Bleeding?
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hopeful2218 posted:
This is a Tip to help you understand if you are having a period or abnormal bleeding.

A period should only come once a month...28-31days..some women are different. Your period should not exceed 7 days. Most women report having heavy bleeding during the first couple days of their period. A very important rule of thumb regarding heavy bleeding, is if you are filling a pad or tampon within 1-3 hours, you are experiencing abnormal bleeding. If you are having excessive bleeding, you should seek medical attention immediately. Excessive bleeding may cause you to become anemic.

Some sign to know if you are losing too much blood, are light headedness, lethargy (becoming very tired during normal activities), fainting, memory loss. If you experience any of these, you should seek meidcal attention immediately.

Now, regarding Abnormal Bleeding, say you had a period the first of the month and it ended on the 7th of the same month. Now it's the 15th of the same month, and you have began bleeding again. This is NOT a period...this is abnormal/breakthrough/spotting. This should be reported to your doctor. They may recommend a birthcontrol to help regulate your periods, if you are already on bcp's they may switch to a different brand to help regulate your cycles.

Many women have to try different bcp's until they find the right one..some women have reactions to low estrogen, some have reactions to high estrogen. It is important to keep your doctor informed about your cycles.
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tinasousa88 responded:
well first of all it all started with a minor migraine than proceeded into major vaginal bleeding' Ihave been bleeding heavily for about 4 days now and i am not even suppose to be on my period yet. Idont start my monthy untill around the 7th-10th i dont know what it could be this has never happened to me before.


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