Are Heavy Periods Common for Women?

Many women suffer from heavy periods. For some women, they are normal and for others, they are a signal that something is not quite right. Dr. Anya Rose and Dr. Megan Gau of Rose Women's Health in Arcadia, CA, provide treatments for heavy periods.

What Is Considered a Heavy Period?

A heavy period is one that requires you to change your tampon or sanitary pad more frequently than every two hours and if you have clots larger than a quarter coin. You may have to double up your protection and even then you may soak through. If you have to get up to change your tampon or pad during the night, you have heavy bleeding. If your period lasts more than 7 days, you have a heavy period. 


Women in their 40s and 50s are experiencing the results of lower estrogen levels and higher progesterone and ovaries that may no longer be producing eggs. This is perimenopause. It is not uncommon for heavy periods during this time period as well as periods that last longer. Your periods, generally speaking, may become erratic. 

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are common in women in their 30s and 40s. They are non-cancerous growths that grow in the muscles of the uterus. Fibroids can grow inside, outside, or in the walls of the uterus. They can not only cause heavy periods in Arcadia, CA, but they can also cause painful periods. 

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal disorder that can result in heavy and painful periods. As the condition worsens, so do the periods and the pain involved. 


Endometriosis can seriously affect your life. You may bleed so heavily that you bleed through all the time, making you never want to go out. You may find that you spot or bleed between periods. It can cause fatigue and depression. It can also affect your fertility. 

These are just some of the common causes of heavy periods. If your period disrupts your life, visit your doctor to get help.

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If you are suffering from heavy periods in Arcadia, CA, Dr. Rose and Dr. Gau of Rose Women's Health can help. You don't have to suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding, the doctor will discuss the options available, and you can decide what works best for you. Give our office a call at (626) 461-7071.

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