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So a while back i did a post about how i thought my periods wern't exactly normal.

I'm 19 and started a few days before my 12th birthday. I've always been heavy but it's only until a few months back i went to the doctors.

I explained that i had to wear night pads during the day and had ot change it 9 times a day. I am now on the pill which is helping but it doesn't solve my confusion and it's only helping my cramps a little.

I had a blood test done and they told me i was anemic which i read that effects your period. so i started taking iron tablet but i have a dizzy spell and nearly fainted so i came off them. I went back to explain how i didnt get on with them and they the doctors said I wasn't actually anemic and my hemoglobin was normal.

So now I don't know if there is something wrong and I'm also aware that sometimes having really heavy periods can increase infertility, is this true? and should I ask about it when I'm going to doctors to discuss getting the implant

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There's nothing about having heavy periods, in itself, that increases infertility. Unless your doctors conduct tests and find a hormonal or structural (that is, something physical going on with your reproductive system) problem, there's no reason for you to think that there's a problem with your fertility.

Of course, right now you're on birth control, so you're currently unlikely to get pregnant.

Just to clarify: are you saying that even with taking the birth control pill your withdrawal bleeds (which is what we call periods when someone is on the pill) are just as heavy as your periods were before?


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It depends some times it can be the same as before, I've been advised from my doctor to only have a period one every 3 months cause my cramps are that bad, should I see a gyneyologist or what ever they're called to examine me? X
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I have to wear night pads during the day and change often, and my periods last for over a week each time. They've always been this way; my mother was the same before she hit the change, and my sister is similar.

My mother didn't have any fertility issues: she got pregnant five times in her marriage, and had three of us.

I don't think that heavy periods necessarily indicate something being wrong. And the doctor didn't seem that worried =.

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(Hey, Domogneas, this area of the boards is for staff and volunteer replies only. Please keep that in mind in the future. Thanks.)

BBT93, since the pill doesn't actually fix the underlying cause of very painful and/or heavy periods, and you're still having problems even on the pill, it would be a good idea to check in with a gynecologist. They'll be able to look into this further and figure out what's going on, if anything.

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