This may be too graphic or too much info for some, so apologies in advance.
I was diagnosed with endo in 2004 and have had many ops and tried every treatment since then - I'm now at the stage where the gynae has discharged me as there's nothing more they can do, and I'm on enough morphine to kill a field of horses, every single day.
Last August I had a mirena coil fitted which caused constant bleeding and terrible pain - it took me 11 months to get the thing removed. After it was removed in July, I had a few weeks without any hormone treatments then started back on the pill in August, planning to tricycle.
I've just been on a cruise and on the second day, my period started. It wasn't as heavy as normal - just light loss of old, very dark blood and clots, and lots of pain. Not wanting it to get worse on my holiday I kept on taking the pill, hoping it would stop.
By the time I got home on Sunday, I had been bleeding this way for 10 days. The type of blood and length of the period isn't unusual for me, but the fact that it wasn't heavy at any point is unusual.
On Sunday I decided to stop taking the pill for a week to have a proper break / withdrawal bleed. At this point, it's got much heavier but the concerning thing for me is that there's a lot of bright red, fresh blood which I don't normally get much of.
I realise its gotten heavier because I've stopped the pill, and I believe that most normal women have periods that are red and fresh so maybe it's nothing to worry about, but I get panicked when things are different to normal.
I could make an appointment to see my GP but there's a 4 week wait, unless I want to see one of the clueless male GPs who don't even know what endo is, and openly admit I know far more than they do - so going to see them is a tad pointless!
Has anyone else had a period that's different from normal like this? Is it anything to worry about?