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well.. i've made numerous posts about my reproductive system woes. basically, i was on birth control for 2.5 years and i came off of it last june. i know your body has to readjust itself after that, so i was not overly concerned with my period not returning until october.

i've been to the gynecologist (a new one) since then and she wanted me to participate in a clinical study on patients with ammenhorhea (i think i totally butchered the spelling on that one.. oops!). anyway, the study has not begun yet, due to the holidays and everything. well, after skipping november and december, my period returned last week. it wasn't very heavy- mostly dark, old blood (i'm assuming from building up for months). in fact, it was very similar to the withdrawal bleed i experienced when i was on the pill- i rarely had to wear more than a panty liner. well, here's where it gets weird... it seemed as if i was done after 4 days. then the next morning, my period came back and it is very heavy. so i guess i have had my period now for over a week.

my question is if this could be a normal reaction for someone whose body has been readjusting to coming off the birth control pill? i also take medication for my thyroid so i have many hormonal issues. i'm supposed to go back to my gynecologist in a few weeks but should i go ahead and call her about this long period? i have not experienced any overly painful cramping or anything like that. i guess mostly it's just inconvenient because i'm having to use more pads and tampons than i had been used to since i was on the pill.

as a side note: i picked up a small box of Instead at target- it was on clearance for less than $2. so i'm going to try that.


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okay, i'm going on three weeks here with this period.

i tried to get in touch with my gynecologist but she is out of town and the nurse was not very helpful. i have been feeling weak and i'm wondering if i am losing a lot of iron from this. does anyone have any suggestions on what i can do? i've been trying to eat iron-rich foods (need some more suggestions) and take it easy but this is really starting to get in the way of my every day life.

the period itself has become pretty heavy, much heavier than i have ever had one before and it doesn't show any signs of slowing down. the nurse said that my doctor was pretty much booked up for awhile when she returns from being out of town but she would call me if there was a cancellation.

*sigh* anyone else gone through this after coming off birth control?

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when my boyfriend was reassigned to a different base for a frew month, I stopped taking birth control. after the hormones washed out of my body, my period came back to kick my butt. Granted, it didn't persist for too long because I got back on the pill before I let my period drain me (again).

Anyway, as for iron enriching your diet, you can take multivitamins, eat spinach (and other dark, leafy greens), and if you're into it, you can eat lean, red meat occasionally. Don't overdo the iron! taking in *too much* iron can be detrimental to your liver and kidneys.

and if your gynecologist doesn't have time, maybe you can see your primary-care physician? General practitioners have some training with gynecological disorders.

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thanks Gumdrop.

yeah, this has not been a fun few weeks. i'm looking for a new primary care physician right now, so i figure i'll just wait and see if it finishes up itself or keep bugging my gyne's office until they give me some useful info or she returns. i don't think now would be the best time to try to get in to see a new doctor, but anyway...

i eat lean, red meat occasionally but try not to eat it too often. leafy green veggies are good though and so i'm trying to get in a lot of those. i've taken iron supplements before because i'm a tad anemic but they messed with my stomach. thanks for the advice though. whenever this is through for the month... i'll see how it works out over the next few and if it's going to be long and uncomfortable, i think i might go back on the pill...

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