4 years

Intermenstrual Bleeding

I am a 23-year old woman, never had any kind of sexual activity, and has had intermenstrual bleeding for about 5 months or so.

Initially, it started off as just prolonged menstrual bleeding, for about 2 - 3 days after 2 weeks of period. Then, it became longer and longer until the last two months, I have been bleeding non-stop every day.

However, there is only a minimal amount of bleeding throughout the 5 months. A pantiliner is already enough for the everyday bleeding. Previously, I was able to differentiate the bleeding with my usual menses as when it was time for my menses, I had heavier bleeding for about 2 - 3 days. But currently, for the last 2 months, everyday has been a constant single streak of blood on my pantiliner.

Other than this, I have never experienced dysmenorrhea and had always have an irregular menstrual cycle ever since I was 12 years old. It recently became regular when I turned 21, but became irregular again once this prolonged menstrual bleeding started.

I’ve been having some very mild chest pains (around the score of 2 - 3) and with some palpitations which was not exercised-induced as it came during rest.

The reason why I haven’t gone to the doctor yet is that I’m scared that it is a serious medical condition that will affect my future, especially my studies since I’m currently a medical student as well.

Greetings. However, the following description regarding the query is a general description to your current condition. Click on this link (DoctorOnCall) to converse with our doctors for further personalised explanation.

Based on your description we understood your concerns on your symptoms and problems you have been facing. For your information, the condition of menorrhagia or prolonged period can be multi-factorial causes such as:

  • Fibroid or polyp within the uterus
  • Adenomyosis
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic inflammatory diseases
  • Blood clotting disorder such as Von Willebrand disease
  • Cancer of the cervix or uterus (more common in elderly group)

The probable reason you are having chest pain and palpitations can be due to anemia. Hence, you could try iron rich food such as red meat, green vegetables such spinach, tofu and lentils. However seeking a doctor is best to solve your issues. It is best to seek for treatment in the earlier course of the disease rather than waiting till it worsens. I understand you are scared with the possible outcome of your consultation with a doctor but do not let fear stop you from getting insight on your health.

To further explore into your condition accurately, further information via discussion is required before reaching a conclusion. Therefore, it is suggested that you refer this to a medical doctor. Please click on this link (DoctorOnCall) to speak with our doctors on the line for personalized online consultation. Thank you.


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