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This is a new-ish thing & I'm not sure what, if anything, I should do about it. I have recently been diagnosed with Lupus & Fribo/ ME so it may be to do with those. Or not, I don't know.
For the last 3 months, I have been bleeding between periods. Twice, it has been so much that I though my period had come early but then it stopped a day or 2 later. Often, it's not that heavy but still noticeable & lasts for days.
My periods have always been highly irregular (anything from 25 - 90+ days) but no-one has ever been concerned about that. My cycle is now around 30-35 days but I am bleeding much more heavily each time than I ever have in the past & have this extra bleeding in between as well.
You need to go to your GP and explain you've been having inter menstrual bleeding for at least 3 months. They will probably do a quick initial examination there and then and then refer you to the practise nurse for some tests.
Then you will probably be referred to a gynaecologist as there are lots of things it could be PCOS, endo...
I had a similar thing and have found out I have a cyst on one of my ovaries that needs to be monitored and a polyp which needs to be removed. I also have a spot on my cervix which they are monitoring.
I was scared but the staff were lovely and it's better than being worried, bleeding all the time and being in pain.
I was the same! But then I got scared and finally went to the doctors when I realised it probably wasn't going to go away on its own. The pain got worse too and i felt sick and dizzy. My GP was really nice, patient and understanding and the gynaecologist and the nurses at the hospital have been so caring and helpful too. You'll feel better after you talk to the nurse at your smear. Bleeding once a month is bad enough without any more.
A uterine polyp they reckon - its being removed at the beginning of May. Scared as never been in hospital before but sometimes I am in so much pain and I'm so fed up with the bleeding! I sympathise - it's worrying.
Eeek, I'm scared now. I might pop into the drs to see if they have a female one who can see me. It's impossible to know when to book my smear because my periods are so unpredictable & with bleeding in between, I have no idea when i'll be ok to have it done <fret>
Doubt very much this is anything to do with lupus or fibro.
Please be brave and seek medical advice asap. You should not have to put up with this at all. Three months of this is more than enough to put up with. Bleeding between periods should always be checked out to ascertain the underlying cause; its not often serious (cervical erosion as others have mentioned can cause this to arise) but it needs to be checked all the same.
The GP should refer you to a gynae for further evaluation.
Just posting to say the same thing is happening to me. I'm 44 though so could also be perimeno. Bleeding started as breakthrough bleeding but has built up so is now 14 days of bleeding then two weeks off then start again.
My useless GP has at least done the basic tests but they are not completed yet (long story). I've had blood tests though I think these will have to be redone because of his uselessness, smear test (clear) and am awaiting a pelvic ultrasound (needs to be done on day 5 but I haven't a hope in hell of knowing when that is and the system doesn't seem to be able to cope with my sort of unpredictable cycle so whenever I'm on day 1 I call and they tell me all the appointments are fully booked - gone round this circle four times now).
I've had one scan already but need to have another - scanner thought it was possibly a polyp but will find out more when I actually have the full tests through.
Similar thing here, spotting started 10 days before period is due. Mine was very light though, more of a pink/brown discharge. Stopped after a couple days. Made an appointment to get it checked out but am a bit worried about finding out tbh. My cycles have always been very regular and no spotting ever. Not been on the pill for about 8 years.
drjohnsonscat, I won't know when day five is either . Is there any way round that? I'm 35 but have wondered if it could be linked to menopause, a bit early perhaps.
Fluffy, that sounds quite positive.
I don't know why I'm so worried about this. I think it might be the intrusive nature of the examination. I've been desperately hoping for some sort of 'proper' physical illness but this wasn't what I had in mind! Be careful what you wish for.
It is very reassuring to know that lots of people have been through this, isn't it? I should have started this thread weeks ago instead of fretting quietly to myself.
It's also nice to know that other people feel a bit uncomfortable about it as well & it's very helpful to know what other GPs did. I've never seen the one I am going to see next week so I don't know what she's like. Out of interest, how long was the wait from seeing GP to consultant?