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extremely heavy menstrual, almost too painful to urinate.

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Hello. My menstrual flow has always been in between normal and slightly heavy, but this month is exceptionally heavy. I'm on day 2 of a usual 5. My tampon is completely soaked, string and everything, every 2-3 hours. I usually only have to change it every 7-8 hours. I bled through to my pants 3 times. I noticed that it's very fresh blood, which is not usual for me. It tends to be a dark red, implicating that it is older blood. Is this fresh blood normal? I know sometimes cycles change, so I'm wondering if this is something to be worried about or not. I am also experiencing pain in the region containing the uterus when I urinate. It's almost as if it's too painful to urinate. I have to push hard to get the urine out. I'll definitely see my doctor if it continues longer than my usual cycle or if I experience excruciating pain. But what should I make of all of this?

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replied January 15th, 2014
Menstruation Answer A45744
Welcome to ehealthforum,
The pain could be related to urinary infection. Occasional heavy and altered bleeding can be considered as normal. Observe your menstrual cycles for next 2-3 cycles, and if still abnormal, visit your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation to look for the underlying cause, and get started on treatment as appropriate (based on evaluation results) to help you control the bleeding and regulate your periods. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
Take care.

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