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Women's Health Abnormal Bleeding and Pain?


To try to make a long story short:
Starting on 11/1 I started to have some cramping which felt like my period was around the corner and about to start ( Next period not expected until 11/12 )
I had some clear discharge tinged with a very small amount of blood that first day. Over the next few days, I started to have dark brown discharge but it wasn’t enough to fill a tampon or a pad. But the cramping was still there and very present.
It is now 11/9 and the discharge/bleeding has now changed to a bright red and much more constant. My periods are very regular and I am also on birth control which I take exactly everyday. I am very confused as to what’s happening because I do not think it is my period. I have no other symptoms expect for abnormal bleeding and cramping.
I have a app with my obgyn 11/12. I was just curious if any possible diagnosis?
I should note that ovarian cysts/cancer run on both sides of my family as well as cervical cancer
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134578 tn?1614729226
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You might have had a change in how your body reacts to your birth control pills and the bleeding you are seeing is from not having enough hormones to prevent breakthrouth bleeding. When you see your doctor, you might ask to have your hormone levels tested, and you could possibly ask for a prescription for a different kind of birth-control pill (it seems like your present one is too low dose to do anything). Also while there ask for a pregnancy test (if your birth control is not doing the trick, it won't be protective against pregnancy either).
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I have been on the same birth control for almost a year now with no issues but I get what you’re saying. I took a pregnancy test last night just to see and it was negative. I planned on doing another one Monday morning as that is the day of my expected period.
973741 tn?1342342773
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What about a simple ovarian cyst?  Women can get these from time to time and they pass.  It may be to blame for this?
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134578 tn?1614729226
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The pain, an ovarian cyst can provide. But the bleeding? I've had a lot of ovarian cysts in my day and never once did any of them bleed. Bleeding like a period (or a little less) sounds like a progesterone drop for whatever reason. If the op's natural hormone levels shifted slightly downward, that could have caused a not-enough-progesterone situation that has caused the bleeding.
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I had a tremendous amount of bleeding when I passed the cyst I had.  Just a possibility.
973741 tn?1342342773
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Your doctor could do some lab work that involves a simple blood draw that would reveal your hormonal levels and would tell if the progesterone idea is going on or not?  
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As for the possibility of a cyst, should I request an ultra sound to see? If so what kind?
Also what is there difference in if they simply let them go away on their own or is surgery involved past a point? Because my sister had a cyst that ended up bursting.
So, when I had the bleeding and cramping, my cyst was passing.  It's kind of a normal process.  A vaginal ultrasound could determine if you have an ovarian cyst but it may now have passed if that makes sense.  I'd say the first place to start is to check your hormone levels.  
Most simple cysts will pass on their own.  Women can get them from time to time and they are not serious. There are complex cysts which are a bit different.  If you were having abnormal bleeding and cramping, I was stating that perhaps you could have been passing a cyst.  But that is not to say you were.  I would describe when I passed the cyst I had like the worst period.  Bad cramps, heavy bleeding.  I thought I was miscarrying but ya, wasn't pregnant.  This brought me to the doctor.
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