How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Phil, MD Your Own Question

Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD, Board Certified Physician
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 54865
Experience:  GP in the United States
55099014
Type Your Medical Question Here...
Dr. Phil, MD is online now

I only have a period once a year due to being on sertraline.

Customer Question

I only have a period once a year due to being on sertraline. I started 4 days ago and have been a lot heavier than normal. I had a gush of blood and a large clot come yesterday and I felt v faint. I read taking ibuprofen can help so have been taking that however just 30 minutes after it has run out (Iv taken maximum dose) I'm heavy bleeding again. I'm petrified of going to my gp in case she wants to do an examination. I'm a virgin and never had an exam before so am reluctant to get help but at the same time losing quite a lot of blood and feeling very weak and dizzy. is there anything I can do to stop the bleeding without ending up at my drs. I really cant have an examination and need it sorting asap I cant even leave the house I'm getting through a pad every 1-2 hours when not on ibuprofen. I'm 25, have never had a period like this before and very worried.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.
Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.
Thanks for this question.
There is not much you can do at home. You should absolutely STOP ibuprofen
This can affect platelet function and make things worse by increasing bleeding.
You could also take iron over the counter to help with blood loss.
The problem is that we need to figure out WHY you are having heaving bleeding. There is something causing that. It could be a variety of issues including fibroids on the uterus.
I'm sorry but you need an exam. This is your life at risk and your life is more important.
Dr. Phil, MD, Board Certified Physician
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 54865
Experience: GP in the United States
Dr. Phil, MD and 2 other Medical Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

will they examination take place while I'm bleeding so heavily or will they stop the bleeding and then want me to go back for them to do the examination?
how will they stop/slow down the bleeding? will it be with medication?

I don't know why I'm so scared of a vaginal examination I always have been. I am usually sensible and know when I need to get seen to but this is something that absolutely petrifies me and I don't know how to get over it.
when do I need to be seen by a dr? I'm really scared and don't know what to do I know I need to be seen I just cant get myself to go in case they insist on an examination there and then while I'm bleeding so heavily

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.
They can examine while you are bleeding. They should be able to tell where the bleeding is coming fromThey can give you medicine to slow down the bleeding YOu should be seen within the next week or so

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me FROM a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O.
< Previous | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me FROM a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O.
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Family Physician

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2418
    GP with over 27 years experience including emergency medicine
< Previous | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/FA/FamilyPhysician/2013-8-31_191624_JA550x500Photo.64x64.jpg Family Physician's Avatar

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2418
    GP with over 27 years experience including emergency medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/DO/DoctorRich/2012-9-12_72454_Doctorweb.64x64.jpg Dr. Natasha's Avatar

    Dr. Natasha

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    7887
    American Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, Ivy League trained
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/DR/DrK99/newpic2.64x64.jpg Dr. K.'s Avatar

    Dr. K.

    Board Certified MD

    Satisfied Customers:

    255
    Board certified with experience in primary care.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/agketch/2008-7-14_184046_drketchresized.jpg Dr. Ketch's Avatar

    Dr. Ketch

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    76
    Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/JA/JACUSTOMERjtu60wne/2011-2-14_183449_passportphoto2.64x64.jpg docwithheart's Avatar

    docwithheart

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    0
    Board certified pediatrician, with special experience in general pediatrics, hospital pediatrics, and pediatric cardiology
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/DR/drappapo/2013-8-16_22576_drdavid.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    224
    Treat children/young adults, former chief resident, multiple publications
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/TA/tazechip/2012-6-7_135230_drpic.64x64.png Dr. Chip's Avatar

    Dr. Chip

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    12373
    20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.
 
 
 

Related Medical Questions