Heavy Periods

It’s normal to have a couple of heavier flow days at the very beginning of your cycle; however, you may be dealing with heavy periods if you soak through tampons regularly, you find yourself bleeding through your clothes or your period lasts more than seven days. If you are concerned about your period, it’s maybe time to sit down with our OBGYNs Dr. Anya Rose and Dr. Megan Gau and the team at Rose Women's Health to find out what’s going on.

Do I Have a Heavy Period?

A heavy period also referred to as menorrhagia, is a common problem. Significant blood loss during this time of the month can be debilitating and impact your ability to go about your usual routine. So, what constitutes a heavy period? Here are some of the signs,

  • Soaking through tampons or pads every hour
  • Having to double up on pads
  • A menstrual cycle that lasts longer than seven days
  • Having to change pads or tampons in the middle of the night
  • Passing clots that are larger than a quarter
  • Experiencing symptoms of anemia (fatigue; shortness of breath; tiredness)

What Can Cause Heavy Periods?

While there isn’t always a rhyme or reason for heavy periods, it is important that you turn to our OBGYNs to find out whether your heavy periods could be caused by an underlying problem. Sometimes a heavy period could be caused by,

  • Stress
  • A hormonal imbalance due to thyroid dysfunction, obesity or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian dysfunction
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Uterine polyps
  • Cancer
  • Intrauterine devices (IUD)
  • Certain medications (e.g. hormonal medications; anticoagulants; anti-inflammatories)
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Bleeding disorders (e.g. von Willebrand’s disease)

How Are Heavy Periods Treated?

It’s important for us to first figure out why you’re dealing with heavy periods. Sometimes it’s as simple as a big life change such as recently giving birth. We will go through your current health history and the medications you’re taking to see if any underlying health problems or current medications could be to blame. To rule out uterine fibroids, cysts and other reproductive issues, we can perform an ultrasound and pelvic exam. Sometimes lifestyle and dietary changes are all that are needed to improve heavy menstrual cycles. Fibroids, cysts and other benign growths can also be removed to see if that improves your flow. If these options don’t provide you with relief, then we may need to discuss hormone therapy or surgical options.

Whether you are dealing with heavy menstrual cycles, missing periods or other menstruation issues, it’s important that you don’t ignore what your body is trying to tell you. Call Rose Women's Health in Arcadia, CA, at (626) 461-7071 to schedule a consultation with our OBGYNs.

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