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Does anyone know why my period isn't stopping?

I'm 21, almost 22. I should mention that I have every intention of visiting a doctor (and soon), but I waited for tax return time since we're normally so tight on money that we have trouble keeping food in the house. My most recent period started in... October, I think, of 2011. It's now about 2/3 of the way through January 2012, and it hasn't stopped. It's heavy and has a steadily increasing ratio of clots. I had my first menstrual cycle at 9, and once it had evened out, it was a heavy flow, but was perhaps only a day longer than the average. I've never kept close track of it because I grew up with my dad and it was years until anything like that was ever mentioned to me. I did start keeping track when things seemed to be heading into unhealthy territory, but all of that information was on my phone, which has since broken. For the last year, my period ran a little stranger than normal for me, but I was relieved, thinking that it was going to a more normal arrangement, since it lightened and shortened by a day or two. A time or two, it was extremely light and lasted only a day or so. It seemed to get on an even keel, and then it hit and didn't stop for three weeks. Then it was off for a week, and then it came back in my earlier, heavier flow. It stopped for a week, and then it came back for about five weeks, then it let up for a few days and hasn't really stopped since. Two weeks ago, I had a light day, and then it let up for a day, entirely, but it snapped back into place the next day. Does anyone have any idea what's going on? I would love to know something. Anything.

Oh. It's also notable that I'm not on (nor have I ever been on) birth control, I'm not sexually active, there's no chance I'm pregnant (and thus, I am not miscarrying), and (though I'm unsure of the relevance) I've had one shot of gardasil and wound up not having the second shot because no one bothered to take me for it.
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1995019 tn?1327192563
It could be a cist, but I would def go to the dr.
563773 tn?1374246539
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Hello,
This can be due to dysfunctional uterine bleeding due to metromenorrhagia. Sometimes it is associated with polymenorrhea(Frequent flow, cycles of ≤21 days)Causes of menorrhagia are Hypothyroidism, Endometrial proliferation or hyperplasia like ovarian tumor and polycystic ovarian disease,endometrial polyps and neoplasia,endometriosis,fibroids and uterine sarcomas.

In my opinion you need to get your pelvic examination done from your gynecologist along with investigations like complete blood count,thyroid function tests,PAP smear and ultrasound uterus.Once cause of menorrhagia is identified,treatment can be planned.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.

Avatar universal
it can also change if your eating pattern has changed or stress level has changed...simple as that... dont let it worry you..happens to me too. saw my doctor exactly what she said..  yes you should see a doctor when you can but dont get yourself worked up over it!!!
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