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    Menopause

    The menopause is often called the ‘change of life’ and is not an illness, but a stage in a woman’s life where she stops ovulating and ceases to menstruate. Read more →

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    Perimenopause

    The perimenopause is an inevitable right of passage leading up to the menopause Read more →

    I had the coil put in around 7 months ago. I have 3 children. My periods were erratic and extremely heavy before i got it in, but have not improved. Im getting one every 2 weeks and the pain is getting unbearable. I also be afraid to go anywhere for the first 2-3 days as i quite often have staining due to overflow. It is really embarrassing and makes me so self conscious. What can i do???





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    Try these out, they are really good! http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/instead-softcup-12-hour-period-protection/ID=prod16459-product?ext=gooPersonal_Care_PLA_Maxi_Pads_prod16459_pla&adtype={adtype}&Kpid=prod16459&sst=7a230abf-bcf3-bde8-faba-00001f8fdf22

    hi i'm 39yrs, i statred my periods at the age of 12yrs. always regular, severity sometime changed, my last period was very light but lasted 10days i have had a four day break and now showing signs of starting another period.. any one know if this is a sign of menopause as i've checked every and it doesn't say your period becomes erratic just stops? can anyone advise me?





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    For some lucky women their periods simply stop - others DO have erratic periods inc more frequent bleeding & sometimes heavier bleeding rather than less (as you might expect). We are all different. Altho at 39, the cause might be something other than menopause.... you could ask your doc for any other causes? That's what I would do.

    i am 21 years old and i came off of the implant in december 2010 which was replaced by one injection, my periods whilst on the implant were very erratic to the point where i was on 4 six months at a time. i then got the injection which caused me 2 have a 6 week period but now i havent had one 4 9 weeks and im not pregnant! am i just getting back 2 normal or is something wrong??





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    Hi when you first start your periods they r irregular for the first few years. If you have just came of the implant it could b the case that it is like starting your periods all over gain it may take time for you to get back to normal. I would not worry xx

    Hey. Okay I've had my period since I was 13 and it has been regular but over recent months I have noticed that it has became more erratic? As in it does not come for two or three months but then when it doe come its really light (it was usually at least medium). I haven't been able to predict it since around July 2010. I'm just starting to get really over it because its just a hassle. I was wondering if I should see my gp or not? I'm 18. Thank you for your help!





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    if youve changed contraception ie the implant or injection or maybe a different pill then that would explain it...if not have you lost or gained a lot of weight recently? changed your diet or exercise? these could all explain it...but if youre really worried and it doesnt get any better then youd best go to a gp...just to be sure... gd lk xx

    Hi, I had an operation for cervical erosion two weeks ago today and was just wondering if the operation can lead to temporary weight gain? due to fluid retention or anything like that. My weight is usually pretty stable and recently its been a bit erratic. Thanks x





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    Hi, im 15 type 1 diabetic since i was 6. I have a kidney disease and many many other health conditions but i look perfectly healthy. My blood glucose levels are more than often extremally high, i alter each of my four injections to suit what i am eating yet my levels are still erratic. I am also suffering with random hypos which come on at anytime even if i have recently eaten, is there any reason for this? Or something i can do to help prevent these? Many thanks, Jess x





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    Hi! Teenage years are v difficult for diabetics. I know this doesn't help but it is true and does mean that it will get better as you get older and hormone levels settle down. Have you done a Dafne course? Really helps with food intake and estimating amount of carbs you have eaten. Try changing the ratio of units to carbs eaten. Make a fuss, ask for more help, find out if a pump would help and generally jump up and down! Good luck! Jude

    I am 32 and have pcos my periods are always erratic and I can go years without having any but recently I have had some unusual symptoms, I have been bleeding from my vagina when having a bowel movment this will hapen at least 8,9 times out of ten i do sometimes spot bleed between, I recently went for my routine smear but the nurse told me she couldn't do it as she was unable to see my cervix as thee was too much blood there i told the nurse about my symptoms and she advised me to book an app with my g.p by this time I had been having this abnormal bleeding for nearly three weeks. I eventually seen my doctor who asked if he could do my smear ther and then but unfortunately he was unable to see my cervix and advised me to book with a female g.p I tried to make an app but the earliest available app was three weeks away I have now had these symptoms for five weeks now but I do have an app to see the nurse this Thursday 6th June I have back pain that comes and goes and preasure in my lower regions I also had some blood tests done and ther come back showing I have raised white blood cell with a reading of 17. Could you help in giving me some advise as to what this could be many thanks t.b





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    Okay so I started my periods when I was 12/13 and I'm now 16 and I've noticed my periods are really irregular (thanks to a period diary app). I've never had sex or been on the pill and over half way through year now, I've only had two periods so far. I'm currently (for the second time that I've noticed) over 7 weeks late and I'm starting to think something isn't quite right. I've not told my mum or anyone yet because I find talking about periods etc really uncomfortable and awkward. Does anyone know why is this happening and what should I do about it?





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    I have been having my periods since I was 12 years old, I am now 26. Every month I have had my periods, normally every 26 days and only lasting for 4-5 days. In the last six weeks I have had 3 periods, lasting 5-7days, not even full periods, quite light really. I am a bit concerned why these have changed. I was wondering if this is something to worry about or just a normal change. Kind regards





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    Please ask your GP to be referred to a gynaecology to get it sorted it might be something serious. I was inthe same situation and was asked for a smear which came back abnormal. Got it repeated a month later and it was normal and had to have a smear test every 3months until they were sure it was clear.I thought it was overian....... but then it was a fibroid.

    I have regular periods and I am on contraceptive pills . When this time I was having my periods the blood was reddish black and vowed in low quantities than the other days of periods. Why is that.





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    Redish black blood is old blood. Nothing to worry about. Not sure why its like that on the pill - guess because the period can be lighter on the pill?

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    All girls develop at different times and at different rates. Sometimes periods can be really erratic. The best thing to do would be to tell your mum to put your mind at rest you would like to go and see your GP. Im sure he will be able to advise you and make you feel better and don't be embarresed about going they are well used to dealing with these sorts of things.

    I get all this too, it varies day to day, someimes creamy white discharge on my underwear other times slightly brown but a kind of bloodish brown, but i have very very erratic periods and it can sometimes be an indication i'm coming on. I'm really worried about it and i'm really paranoid of smelling so i wash down there all the time but i don't think it helps :/





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    Hi, I'm 27 and I stopped taking my contraceptive pill in February as my husband and I would like to have another child. Ever since, my periods have been very erratic and I get some pain in my abdomain. I will have what i consider to be a period but then I will continue to bleed and have a brown discharge for weeks afterwards and because of this I don't really know when I'm ovulating and even if I did there is rarely chance to have intercourse due to the continuous bleeding and discharge, what could be the reason for this???





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    i am 22 years old and fear i have pcos. im too scared to go to the doctors as i think i wil just be turned away. i have lots of the symptoms above ; bloatedness, tiredness, pain under my belly, very erratic periods (at one point i didnt have one for 6 months - im gay so i wasnt pregnant!!) i get incredible pain when i have a period - so much so that i go dizzy and sometimes end up being sick and feeling like i am going to faint. due to my weight my doctor wont put me on the pill either to ease the pain. i also want to have children which is another reason i find it hard to go to the docs as i dont want him to say i cant / wont be able to. Very Frightened 22 yr old :'(





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    i'm 21 years old and i have excessive body hair, it covers all of my chest between my breasts, my jaw and my chin, my belly and some of my back, my arms, legs and tops of my feet. it started growing when i was about 16, i've always had erratic periods but for the last year, i haven't had a period at all. the hair is black and thick but soft. i have tried waxing, plucking and using hair removal cream but removing the hair causes rashes. i am at my wit's end and haven't worn a vest since i was 15. i am too scared to see a doctor as i am terrified of them. what can i do about this without seeing a doctor?





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    I am now 46 years old but started with the menopause when I was 42. I also experienced your symptoms plus a startling weight gain and change in shape. My periods were very erratic, would last 2 weeks then none for 3 months etc. I went on HRT and gradually the symptoms have eased. I was determined to lose the weight which I have done but I still am thicker around the middle than I used to be-middle aged spread type of shape, despite being a healthy weight and going to the gym. HRT made a huge difference and I think the symptoms can be helped and managed. Hope this helps, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

    Tia this may still be the transitional stage??? It may go on for a while.. I can only say this, as my girl started at 13 and it was erratic, no set pattern or a no show for months. By the time she was 18 and half, the cycle settled and she now gets them on a monthly routine basis.. This may be the same for you, but everyone is different, and it wouldn't hurt to speak to Doctor, or if you feel it is a bit hard, just ask your (Mum) or similar to do some inquiries on your behalf.. Always when in doubt ask a professional, the reason for this, is our body, not just in periods, start doing things, which we dismiss as nothing, but actually its our bodies way to say something may be wrong..and asking you, its owner, for help.. Try not to worry to much, but I suggest a girl to girl talk with Mum would not go astray.. Remember Mums where 13 year old girls once too, and we vividly remember, not wanting to say things due to embarrassment and such.. Times have changed now, life, problems and society is more open and free, no subject is taboo anymore..

    Hi,I was diagnosed with pcos when I was 15 as my periods at the time were very heavy and erratic. I had lower stomach pain near enough every day from the age of 12, which as a result affected my school life & social life! I'm 20 now and I don't often have pain anymore, my symptoms have improved dramatically because of the fact I went to see an amazing gynaecologist who recommended I have the mirena Coil fitted, which I have to say has been the best option for me. It means I don't have to remember to take a tablet, & I can forget about it (for 5 years, the lifetime of the mirena). I'm not saying it will work for everyone as I was slightly an unusual case, as I also have a rare form of endometriosis, but don't be afraid to ask to see a gynaecologist, they deal with these cases on a daily basis & can find something that suits you, after all they have seen it all before! I really hope this helps you all in dealing with pcos, and good luck in finding something that suits you.





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    i have suffered from erratic bladder for 6 years 3 years ago i had THE HAMMOCK operation which has a 97% success. Unfortunatly i was in the 3% that did not work. in fact i would say it has got worse. i was on vesicare but that was no good either . i am only 46 and now waiting for appointment with uroligist i have to wear pads 24/7.





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    I have been on the pill for around 2 years, but recently switched over to the rod. Ever since doing this my period has been very erratic, at first it didn't start for over a month, and when it did start it wouldn't stop! I've been on my period for over two weeks now and it just won't end. It's becoming very frustrating and I don't know if this is normal or not, help!?





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    I was considering using the rod but when I spoke to my mum about it she said that when she was using it her period wouldn't stop, just like yours. In the end she stopped using it, so it is normal for that to happen but I don't think it's stoppable so if it bothers you, you should consider switching.

    Hi I have been on the pill and I have had something similar happen to me I went to see my GP it was a bit embarrassing but it was sorted within two weeks

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    hi im 18 years old and i used to have regular, heavy periods and ontime. Recentley my periods have been very irregular and sometimes ill have a periods and then come off and bleed again inbetween periods. I am realy worride that i will not be able to have children i just want my periods back ! i was just wondering if there is anythin gyou know of that will help regulate my periods and not make me infertile. I have bee to the doctors but the didi not want to help so that made me feel realy stupid, this is my last hope . thankyou hope you have an answer.





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    At 50 I was suffering with some very negative symptoms of menause (extremely heavy yet erratic periods, sleeplessness, exhaustion etc). Doc put me on tablets: Prempak C. I didn't really think "HRT", but the symptoms totally went. Within days I was playing with teenage son and dog in garden in a way I'd not felt like for years. To boot, I'd been single for several years, but on these tabs WHOOSH...I really didn't imagine (couldn't) stay single any more. Met a gorgeous American a year ago, I'm now 53 and having absolutely fantastic sex - prolonged, frequent, fulfilling. Not quite the same as 20 years ago as per one lucky 50 yr old commentator above, but certainly in the same ball park. This is due no doubt the lovely man too, but I'm under no illusion these tabs are responsible for my current sexual hunger, which probably led me to hunt him out in the first place. (Fortunately he's very virile, so we're a great match!) Like many of the above writers, I would actually be afraid to stop the tablets. They also help me concentrate, and my business life is better as a result. They are truly life changing. Thank you Doc.





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    I'm 32 and from 6 months into my second pregnancy (at 29) I started getting night sweats so bad sheets of water would run off my body when I moved/woke up. I also had severe perinatal depression and my husband left 7 months after the birth as I was suicidal and exhausted. A walking zombie. After I forced several medical practitioners to take me seriously I found a transsexual Gynechologist specializing in hormones to take blood tests every week/ few weeks. My eastrogen and testosterone where erratic and dipping to almost zero and spiking off the charts. I now have testosterone surgically implanted into my abdomen every 4 months to help (I've had about 7 treatments now) and it helps soo much!!! I can think, my anxiety is almost gone, my memory is better, my night sweats are better, my cramps and period pain is gone (so are my periods though) I'm rational etc the 100 & 50 size testosterone tablets I get are meant to last longer than 4 months but if I wait the symptoms of menopause are severe and I can't function. Just thought I'd share what I now know... I'm in Adelaide, Australia





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    I just saw the programme dealing with this on EB, I have an appointment on Friday and am going to talk to my Dr about this, as i have beentaking different anti-depressants for 7 years and after initial benefits i getworse. I currently take 60mg fluxotene but cannot go through another month like the last. My headaches are lasting for weeks on end and my erratic moods are awful my family really suffer and I am at the point where i feel they will be better off without me. I can't understand why they have not suggedyed this before...





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    i got my periods when i was 13 and now i am 15 and i only missed my periods once but now i am worried because i have had period a week early in the last 2 months and now they are a week and a bit late and i have all the things that i no i am getting my periods but not got them and does fingering someone efect they periods.





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    I have a reaction to certain foods namely wheat, white fish and diary to name a few. My scalp gets sore and itchy, my stomach area swells and i have irregular and erratic bowel habits. I find it difficult to cut out the said foods does this mean that I will have an increased risk of cancer if I continue to eat them? also my dad is Coelic so is there a chance I have this too? - my doctor told me that the symptoms were psychosomatic until I paid for a private allergy test which confirmed the above.





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    Lot's of people have really irregular and heavy periods, my mom only has her period four times a year sometimes! As for passing out, try to find out if it's pain or body dis functioning that makes that happen. Some girls take strong painkillers for their periods, and some girls feel really queasy when they have their periods. Keep track of when your periods are (if you don't already) and see if you can see a little bit of a pattern. Periods will be a bit irregular when you're younger, so don't worry too much about irregular-ness, and foccus on talking to a doctor about your problem. At least you don't have worse, a super small percentage of girls have really long periods that will last months for each period. Be glad it's not that bad!

    Hey, im 17 years old and my periods are not normal eather, i had a scan done for PCOS, my gp told me there was a chance i could have this. Have you been to the Gp about your periods? do you have any other symptons such as more body hair or acne? I was taking the pill for a while to see if this would help my periods, it did for a while but soon as i come off the pill, my periods have completley stopped all together, i understand how your feeling. my advice would be is to go to the GP and they can send you for tests.

    hi ladies my name is nyisha and about 2 years AGO I WAS diagnosed with pcos and befor i knew that i had it i didnt have no periods i would see 6 months go pass and i still have no periods until when i went to see my gyno after i came from seeing him like a month after that my periods have come back and now i get my periods everymonth but i am happy at least i know that produce eggs everymonth . but the only thing i get is some a lil excess hair but thats ok. its better having that than no periods but i still worry that ma eggs aint producing proably . but there is hope their ladies just stay strong .





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    Hi? I'm 15 and started my periods when I was about 13, maybe a bit before. When I first has them they were very heavy and painful but afterr about 2 months or so they calmed down. Shortly after that I had very long time periods of not having my periods as often as I should be. As I get older those time periods get wider. The longest gap I've had between periods is 3 months now. Because of this they become so heavy and so painful, it's kind of hard to take. I don't know weither I'm being a bit of a drama queen about this but I just want an answer. Thanx XP





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    As your only 15 you are still growing. Therefore irregular periods are normal. Sometimes if you miss a month or so then your next period can be heavier. These can sometimes be very hard to live with. If it is really bothering you then boom an appointment to see your GP and discuss the option of birth control which is a methord of contraception but it can also help tp reduce perid cramps and make your periods lighter more controllrd and more bareable for u. Hope ypu get some relief.soon x

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