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Nov 10, 2019 · Question about menstrual cycle stopping then restarting heavily in Women's Health

Hello ladies. I have a question about what is currently happening to me. So for the past five years or so I have been period free thinking that maybe I hit an early menopause because when my periods stopped I also had symptoms mostly associated with menopause. I even went to my doctor and we think my periods stopped due to an insulin producing condition I have. My body makes too much insulin. However, out of nowhere my period started. At first it was light and brown and that went on for a week. Then it stopped for about 4 days. Then the real period started. It’s only been three days and I’ve already gone through so many tampons and pads because the bleeding is very excessive. Not to mention the terrible cramps that go with it. Is this because I haven’t had a period in years? Or could something be seriously wrong? I know it’s best to go see my doctor. But it started Friday night and I live in the founding city of Veteran’s day. Which means they’ll be closed tomorrow. At this point I’m not sure what to do. I’ve been sitting in my toilet most of the time just so I can avoid too much of a mess. I’m just wondering if this is a emergency room situation or if it’s normal. I don’t feel faint or dizzy from the blood loss at this point. And I don’t have insurance so the ER is a very last resort for me.