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Ladies...please [fem medical question]

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i need your suggestion,recommendation or whatever you think is right.
so here is my case: right now i am on my menstural cycle.Two weeks before i started to have some brown vaginal spottings. it was only spotting (a spot or two everyday)not flow of blood. it continued for 4-5 days.i did not have any pain or itching. i thought to consult the doctor but then it stopped. I read in internet that it is not very unusual to have spots in between your regular cycle.
But after 3-4 days it started again. So this time i thought i,ll go to the doctor without reading any internet stuff. so i tried to set an appoinment with any female gynecologist available,which i could not get because they are all full(it was on thursday).i live in kanton Zug
on friday morning, i started to have mild crampings in my stomach just the way i have them when my perios starts. And then my periods started 3-4 days before my predictive date,means they should have started on 11th but they started on 8th which is again not very unusual.But now i am having the feeling something is not right.The flow is less than normal.i do not have any pain ,itching,any foul smell.Now I am very keen to see the doctor asap .But do they check during the periods??please suggest any female gynecologist in zurich because noone is available in kanton Zug.
please put some insight on my condition as i am really worried because on next sunday we are going for holidays and i want to be perfectly ok before that.
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How old are you? Could you be heading for the menopause? For a few years before the menopause (peri menopause) things can go a bit haywire.
You should really ask your doctor though to get a diagnosis of your symptoms.

Edit.. I'm sure the doctor won't mind if you are having your period.

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How old are you? Could you be heading for the menopause? For a few years before the menopause (peri menopause) things can go a bit haywire.
You should really ask your doctor though to get a diagnosis of your symptoms.

Edit.. I'm sure the doctor won't mind if you are having your period.
I would have gone with just pregnant, in which case it's just possibly a very early miscarriage...... but menopause would work too; depending OP's age.

It's probably nothing serious, but do get it checked out asap. If only to stop yourself worrying.
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Re: Ladies...please [ob/gyn question]

If you are worried to a clinic (main station in Zurich is an option). To be honest it does not sound that strange to me as cycles do change and it is not unusual to have it early or maybe you did not ovulate which is why it is light this month. Obgyn's will absolutely see you during mensturation. If you don't go to a clinic book in with your hausartz tomorrow and have him or her refer you for a quick apt with an obgyn.
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How old are you? Could you be heading for the menopause? For a few years before the menopause (peri menopause) things can go a bit haywire.
You should really ask your doctor though to get a diagnosis of your symptoms.
That was one of my questions as well. I would also like to ask if she is on any form of hormonal birth control (patch, pill, ring, or implant).

Basically I see four likely possibilities here:

Firstly, you had some spotting and are now having your monthly period which seems to be slightly earlier than usual, but still within the range of normal. It's possible that the current flow is lower, but the period will last for slightly longer, to compensate. This does happen occasionally, I'm pretty regular, but during periods of stress, my cycle changes somewhat. Things get back to normal pretty quickly once life settles down again.

If you are on a form of low-dose hormonal birth control (particularly if it is new), then these symptoms might be a sign that the dose is too low for you and that your personal cycle-schedule is overtaking the 28-day schedule of the birth control. Similarly, if you just stopped taking birth control, It could be that this is your natural cycle of 25-26 days instead of the average 28.

If you are in your mid- to late- forties, it could be that you are headed towards menopause. As Hannah'Sauntie suggested, your cycle will get more irregular the closer to menopause you get.

Finally, it is also possible that you miscarried. A lot of things can go wrong during the first weeks of pregnancy (as counted from conception, not the first missed period scale generally used by physicians); virtually all of those cause a miscarriage, usually around the time of the first "missed" period. Seriously, this happens in like 40% of conceptions, but the as the potential mother doesn't even know that she has conceived she just thinks that she has had a bit of an atypical period.

FYI: If you do ever get pregnant, a bit of bleeding and cramping is to be expected around the time of implantation in the uterine wall (8-9 days after conception). This generally would be noticably less bleeding that the monthly period though.

***In summary: Relax, none of these possibilities is worse than the others. I would recommend seeing your gyno ASAP before you go on holiday just to make sure everything's okay up there. For your peace of mind, if nothing else

*As a disclaimer, I should point out that I am not an MD or gynecologist, but I am a scientist who does research in reproduction. Take this advice for what it's worth.*
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Ladies...please [fem medical question]

I'm not a doctor, I'm basing this on my own experience. It could be an anovulatory cycle, where you don't ovulate. Everything gets a little whacky, you may have spotting and your cycle is screwed up for a couple of months. I had this in my 30's and early 40's a couple of times. Normally I was quite regular and consistent. No hormones, pregnancy or anything else, just an internal imbalance, perhaps stress induced.

It's really best to see a doctor as soon as you can. Everyone's given plausible explanations but you should get a definitive diagnosis from a physician. It's hard to not freak out, but just try to be seen as soon as possible to put your mind at rest - and receive any treatment as needed. Take care.
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How old are you? Could you be heading for the menopause? For a few years before the menopause (peri menopause) things can go a bit haywire.
You should really ask your doctor though to get a diagnosis of your symptoms.

Edit.. I'm sure the doctor won't mind if you are having your period.
Thanks..Hannah'sauntie for taking your time out for replying.I am 29 years old so i don't think menopause could be the reason.

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I would have gone with just pregnant, in which case it's just possibly a very early miscarriage...... but menopause would work too; depending OP's age.

It's probably nothing serious, but do get it checked out asap. If only to stop yourself worrying.
Hi ...Anjela actually i am 90% sure i am not pregnant, not 100% because i read somewhere once you can never be sure about not being pregnant if you are sexually active ..
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a very early misscarriage
this is the thing i am afraid of the most, in case i was pregnant .i was not trying to get pregnant ,had taken a good care of this thing but accidnts can happen anyway.

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Firstly, you had some spotting and are now having your monthly period which seems to be slightly earlier than usual, but still within the range of normal. It's possible that the current flow is lower, but the period will last for slightly longer, to compensate. This does happen occasionally, I'm pretty regular, but during periods of stress, my cycle changes somewhat. Things get back to normal pretty quickly once life settles down again.

If you are on a form of low-dose hormonal birth control (particularly if it is new), then these symptoms might be a sign that the dose is too low for you and that your personal cycle-schedule is overtaking the 28-day schedule of the birth control. Similarly, if you just stopped taking birth control, It could be that this is your natural cycle of 25-26 days instead of the average 28.
No.... i am not on any kind of birth control pills.

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Finally, it is also possible that you miscarried. A lot of things can go wrong during the first weeks of pregnancy (as counted from conception, not the first missed period scale generally used by physicians); virtually all of those cause a miscarriage, usually around the time of the first "missed" period. Seriously, this happens in like 40% of conceptions, but the as the potential mother doesn't even know that she has conceived she just thinks that she has had a bit of an atypical period.
If this is the case, then do i need to go through proper abortion?

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***In summary: Relax, none of these possibilities is worse than the others. I would recommend seeing your gyno ASAP before you go on holiday just to make sure everything's okay up there. For your peace of mind, if nothing else
I'll definitely try to schdule an appointment ASAP... and let u all know about this.
Many thanks!!!

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Re: Ladies...please [fem medical question]

What contraceptive are you using?

It should not be difficult to get an appointment with a gynaecologist. But maybe you could also pregnancy test today to see if it maybe is/was a miscarriage.

A gynaecologist will probably take a history and maybe do an ultrasound.

If you are not having any cramps, smells, fever or other signs of a problem, then given your age and sexual activity it could be an early miscarriage, or just a normal variation.

Generally if your cycle is shorter, the period is lighter, and if longer, the period is heavier...
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If this is the case, then do i need to go through proper abortion?
Nope. If this was the cause, then nature has already taken its course.

tangent/ Just as something for all the ladies to think about: if a form of birth control is considered to be 99% effective, assuming that it is the right time of the cycle and used properly, there is a 99% chance that you won't get pregnant in a single sexual encounter. If you have sex twice, that chance falls to about 98% (0.99*0.99), with a third encounter around 97% (0.99*0.99*0.99) and so on. So if you are in a committed relationship where you are having sex regularly, but you aren't in a position where for whatever reason a "surprise" would be welcome, you should possibly consider using multiple forms of birth control at the same time. This usually means a condom + something else. Hypothetically, if both forms of birth control are 99% effective and used properly, then your risk of getting pregnant each time you have sex falls to 0.01%. So you then have a 99.99% chance of not being pregnant after sex the first time, 99.98% the second time and so on.

This was never explained well during sex ed class, at least not in America. But, I'm surprised/saddened how many older women also don't have this information, as it would save a lot of heartache for many. /end tangent

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But maybe you could also pregnancy test today to see if it maybe is/was a miscarriage.
Doubtful, as home pregnancy tests measure hCG in urine. hCG is a hormone which is produced at implantation (shortly before the missed period). It also takes a couple of days before the hormone levels are high enough to be detected in the urine. IF she was pregnant (there are also other explanations), IF implantation occurred, and IF her body produced enough hCG hormone before she miscarried, ONLY THEN would it show up in a pregnancy test.

Honestly, she'll probably never know if she was or wasn't. The important thing I wanted her to get from all that information is A) that it is unlikely that something is seriously wrong, B) that she doesn't need to feel anxious, and C) that she should go see a doctor to get checked out anyway for piece of mind. Besides it is good to get checked out every once in a while.

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What contraceptive are you using?
My husband takes the precautions as he doesn't want me to take any contraceptive pills

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It should not be difficult to get an appointment with a gynaecologist. But maybe you could also pregnancy test today to see if it maybe is/was a miscarriage.
I was trying to get appointment for this week or ASAP but the earliest appointment i could get was on 18th August.

A gynaecologist will probably take a history and maybe do an ultrasound.

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If you are not having any cramps, smells, fever or other signs of a problem, then given your age and sexual activity it could be an early miscarriage, or just a normal variation.
i am having very mild cramping which is very usual ,i always have them during periods.
well let'see what'wrong going on..or hopefully nothing is wrong. i highly doubt about miscarriage because we are very careful about this, ofcourse i can't be sure.

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Nope. If this was the cause, then nature has already taken its course.
thank you very much...i am much relieved..ofcourse i'll visit the doctor to rule out any seriousness.
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thank you very much...i am much relieved..ofcourse i'll visit the doctor to rule out any seriousness.
I am amazed at how supportive all the posters here are to the OP. Neev I hope your problem is solved soon and it is nothing worrisome.

Just reading this post makes me want to ask a question that has been bothering me the last several weeks. I recently got fitted with an IUD (Mirena, for excessive bleeding) and so far everything is going okay. I was wondering if this is common in Switzerland and if the gynae doctors will be able to help me in case anything goes wrong (we will be living in Vaud) I am pretty sure they will be awesome but I can't seem to assuage my worries without asking someone and I didn't know who to turn to since I don't know anyone in Switzerland yet. However, reading this thread, I can't think of a more supportive group of ladies to ask. So please pardon me this stupid question.
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I recently got fitted with an IUD (Mirena, for excessive bleeding) and so far everything is going okay. I was wondering if this is common in Switzerland and if the gynae doctors will be able to help me in case anything goes wrong (we will be living in Vaud)
When you get here and get settled, put finding a gynecologist at the top of your 'to do' list. It can take time to get an introductory appointment for a new patient, barring an emergency. Sometimes it might take only a month to get an appointment - but it can take three to six months for the more popular doctors.

(Do you need a female doctor? An English-speaking doctor? If so, do start looking soon-ish after you arrive.)

Once you become a patient at the doctor's practice, getting seen for a non-routine appointment is usually fairly quick.

Should you experience problems before you have found a gynecologist, go see your GP. No, GPs generally do not do gynecology treatment, but a GP can recommend you to someone - and a referral usually means a faster appointment. (And of course, put finding a GP on your 'to do' list as well.)

And if you haven't found either a GP or a Gynecologist and are experiencing problems, most hospitals have a 'Frauenklinik' (sorry, I dont' know the French - a women's clinic). In an emergency, you should call there, ask for advise. If the problem sounds serious, they will likely see you right away.

Here is a list (not necessarily all inclusive) of gynecologists in Vaud: http://www.doktor.ch/frauenaerzte/fr...rzte_k_vd.html
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When you get here and get settled, put finding a gynecologist at the top of your 'to do' list. It can take time to get an introductory appointment for a new patient, barring an emergency. Sometimes it might take only a month to get an appointment - but it can take three to six months for the more popular doctors.

(Do you need a female doctor? An English-speaking doctor? If so, do start looking soon-ish after you arrive.)

Once you become a patient at the doctor's practice, getting seen for a non-routine appointment is usually fairly quick.

Should you experience problems before you have found a gynecologist, go see your GP. No, GPs generally do not do gynecology treatment, but a GP can recommend you to someone - and a referral usually means a faster appointment. (And of course, put finding a GP on your 'to do' list as well.)

And if you haven't found either a GP or a Gynecologist and are experiencing problems, most hospitals have a 'Frauenklinik' (sorry, I dont' know the French - a women's clinic). In an emergency, you should call there, ask for advise. If the problem sounds serious, they will likely see you right away.

Here is a list (not necessarily all inclusive) of gynecologists in Vaud: http://www.doktor.ch/frauenaerzte/fr...rzte_k_vd.html
Thank you thank you. I will set about finding a gynecologist and a GP as soon as I arrive. Perhaps even before, if I can, in the midst of packing and everything.

As I said, so far everything is good, but nagging feelings are never fun to have.
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Re: Ladies...please [fem medical question]

Hi.. everyone, just wanted to update.My periods got normal afterwards...means they were not light anymore. So for now everything seems to be normal. I didn't go to the doctor as my periods were perfectly normal and it would have been unpleasant to both of us to check during the periods but i have booked an appoinment.

Thank you everyone for replying and support. It has helped me a lot
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tangent/ Just as something for all the ladies to think about: if a form of birth control is considered to be 99% effective, assuming that it is the right time of the cycle and used properly, there is a 99% chance that you won't get pregnant in a single sexual encounter. If you have sex twice, that chance falls to about 98% (0.99*0.99), with a third encounter around 97% (0.99*0.99*0.99) and so on. So if you are in a committed relationship where you are having sex regularly, but you aren't in a position where for whatever reason a "surprise" would be welcome, you should possibly consider using multiple forms of birth control at the same time. This usually means a condom + something else. Hypothetically, if both forms of birth control are 99% effective and used properly, then your risk of getting pregnant each time you have sex falls to 0.01%. So you then have a 99.99% chance of not being pregnant after sex the first time, 99.98% the second time and so on.
Hi I just wanted to say that contraception efficacy is measured by correct use over a year. If something is 99% effective then 100 women having sex over a year using the device correctly (or taking medication as advised) then 1 will get pregnant.

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