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Irregular bleeding, for a long period of time?

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Around the 2nd or 3rd of December I got my period, as normal. Then after it ended, I got my period again about 2 weeks later (December 16th or so). Now it's December 26th, and I'm still bleeding. It's been about 11 days or so. It's not really a normal period anymore. It's darkish brown, and it's just spotting now.

I AM on birth control. About two or three days before I started bleeding, I had missed a pill. I figured all this bleeding was breakthrough bleeding, but it wouldn't last THIS long would it? It's now time for my regular period to begin..and i don't really know what to do. I have an appt for a pap smear on the 30th.. but i'd kinda like to know what to suspect? Any ideas? Thanks.
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replied December 31st, 2010
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum.
Breakthrough bleeding due to missing pills will not last this long. The change in period bleeding pattern could be indicative of hormonal derangement or pregnancy (if you are sexually active). Go ahead with visit to your gynecologist for the PAP smear, hormonal tests and ultrasound scan to see what could have gone wrong. Based on the test results, appropriate treatment would be started to help stop the bleeding. You might need to stop the birth control pill use to get back your ‘normal’ periods.
Take care.



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