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On Saturday October 1st I was expecting my period, I didnt have any PMS symptoms which was pretty odd. (My period has been coming on the 1st of every month for a year!) Although I did have some cramping. I went to the bathroom that same day and when I wiped there was light blood, so I thought I was starting my period. I used a panty liner and out of the few hours I had it on there was only one drop of blood on it. Later on that night there was nothing, and nothing until the 10th. Now I thought I was pregnant, took tests and both were negative. Then the 10th comes and all of a sudden I have my period! Its really heavy, I soaked up a super plus tampon in 2 hours! I have no idea whats going on, I am afraid I have cancer (I do have HPV) I know I have to see a doctor, but I am really scared! Please help.....

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replied November 15th, 2008
Menstruation Answer A4887
Given your description of the menstrual period being late for 10 days and the light spotting on the expected date of menstrual onset, it seems that you may be experiencing a hormonal disbalance. Sometimes, due to various reasons, estrogens and progesterone blood concentrations in woman’s body change from their normal values thus leading to cycle variations, spotting and break-through bleeding. It is advisable that you consult with your gynecologist, to have bloodwork, swabs, PAP and maybe even an ultrasound done, in order to find out the cause of this. However, a change of cycle as well as an excessive bleeding is not HPV related.

But, it might be essential that you check the situation with the HPV. Papanikolau test (PAP test) should be performed regularly, in order to check for oddly-changed cells on the cervix. Your gynecologist might also examine the surface of the cervix by microscopy, called colposcopy.

Not every type of Human Papilloma Virus causes cancer and precancerous lesions. Only certain of the types are cancerous, such as types: 18, 31, 33, 35, etc. You might also want to find out what type of HPV you carry…and you should consult on how to increase your immunity, anyway (to keep the HPV in “sleeping mode”).

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