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Tomorrow Is Day 12 Of My Period

Published: April 19, 2016
Dear TeenHealthFX,
So tomorrow makes day 12 of my period and I'm gonna find a doctor or obgyn in the area but I don't know I'm just scared. My period has only lasted either 3 or 7 days and I'm incredibly irregular, so this is pretty scary. Not sure what could be up,my mom says she's gonna see if I can take birth control to regulate my period but yeah. Ideas/suggestions? Am I dying? I think I've come to terms with my death if I'm dying.
Signed: Tomorrow Is Day 12 Of My Period

Dear Tomorrow Is Day 12 Of My Period,

When a woman’s period is excessively heavy, prolonged or irregular it is known as menorrhagia. Symptoms of menorrhagia include a menstrual period that lasts longer than 7 days and/or bleeding that is so heavy that you must change your tampon or pad more than once per hour. If you have excessively heavy or prolonged periods, it is important to meet with a medical health professional (your primary care physician, gynecologist or adolescent medicine specialist) since excessive bleeding can cause anemia and may indicate an underlying medical issue.

That said, TeenHealthFX is pleased that your mother is aware of the situation and that you will be scheduling an appointment with a doctor to discuss this issue. It would be helpful to bring the following information with you when you meet with the doctor if you can: how many days is your menstrual cycle, how long your blood flow lasts, and how many tampons or pads you use during each cycle.  

TeenHealthFX does not want you to be concerned about dying. Menorrhagia can be caused by many different things, including certain medications or hormonal imbalances. But doctors are generally able to successfully treat abnormal periods, so please do not get yourself overly worried about this. Your mother is aware of the situation and you are going to meet with a doctor soon, so you are on your way to having this issue resolved.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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