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Hello, i am 22 and not recently on birth control. i just had my period last week. within 6 days my period started back up and it is really heavy and alot of blood clots. i also have really bad cramps, why could this be happening?

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Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
Bleeding: Not all bleeding is a period. This sounds like breakthrough bleeding. You may have had a cycle or two without ovulation, which thickens the lining and it will break off and bleeding between periods or will cause prolonged bleeding. You might want to resume birth control and check a pregnancy test of course.

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