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three weeks out of the month, I'm bleeding.

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I have a problem where three weeks out of the month, I'm bleeding. It isn't heavy like during my period but it's enough where I need to wear a pad everyday to keep my panties from staining. I've been to the obgyn and they were no help. They took a blood test, switched me between three different birth control pills, and nothing seems to work. The only time I don't bleed is the week after my period. Does anyone know what the problem could be? Lack of exercise, smoking, idk!
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replied May 18th, 2012
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The prolonged vaginal bleeding is not normal symptom, and if it is light, it could suggest possibility of pregnancy (if you are sexually active). Other possibilities include hormonal imbalances, thyroid abnormalities, endometrial problems/hyperplasia, uterine polyps/fibroid, bleeding disorder, anemia, etc. You should consider reporting to your treating doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation to look for the underlying cause for the abnormal vaginal bleeding that you describe. You can also consider taking second opinion from another gynecologist. Further treatment measures as appropriate (based on examination and investigations results) would be suggested 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 adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet.
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