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had a period every 1-2 weeks all lasting about 8 days!

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In March 2011 I had my first irregular period for the first time ever.
I went to the doctor and they prescribed YAZ birth control for me. Since then(3 months)I have had a period every 1-2 weeks all lasting about 8 days. I used to only get them for 3.5 days. I went back to the doctor 2 weeks ago and they prescribed Tri-Cyclen Reg. and I got my period AGAIN a week later.

The bleeding has been slow, slightly painful and mostly small dark blood clots.

Is this normal? Is it ever going to regulate? Is it something I should get an ultrasound for?

I feel as if I should never have went on the pill since all it did was make things worse, but I feel if I stop my period will continue for weeks on end.
Some clarity would be awesome since the doctor at the walk-in clinic the second time didn't help me at all.

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replied June 30th, 2011
Birth Control Answer A24542
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The causes for irregular bleeding could be many. Having variation of +/- 5-10 days in your period cycle length is considered to be normal. You should have waited to see if your subsequent periods are on time. Consider visiting a gynecologist/obstetrician soon to have a thorough work-up done to look for any other underlying problems. The present irregularity or frequent bleeding episodes could be attributed to the hormonal pill use itself. Stopping with the pills might help in getting back to normal. You might have your withdrawal bleeding (which might be heavy) when you stop with the pill use. Be in regular follow-up with your treating gynecologist/obstetrician. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet. Avoid caffeinated and carbonated beverages.
Take care.

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