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Constant bleeding and swollen ankles and feet

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I began menstruation at 9 years old and have never had regular periods. I would miss several months of periods until about 5 years ago when my period didn't stop for over a year. The bleeding ranges from heavy flow to spotting and from bright red to dark reddish brown during the long periods. I went to a women's health clinic and all tests were negative; I was given a clean bill of health and put on a low hormone birth control pill to control the bleeding, which worked. Since being off the pill I have alternated between a period lasting months to missing a period for months. I'm currently constantly bleeding as described before. I have also noticed that my ankles and feet noticeably swell and feel stiff when I sit or stand for long amounts of time, but I don't know if that's a related symptom to the periods. Any information you can offer would be appreciated; thank you for your time.

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replied June 29th, 2010
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Welcome to ehealthforum.
The bleeding from the cervix could be the most probable reason for your constant bleed.
I would recommend you to get PAP smear along with few other tests done (including hormonal analysis). It will rule out any serious issues, and help to find probable cause of your bleeding.
Maintain a well balanced healthy diet with adequate amounts of protein to combat the ankle swelling.
Take care.

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