Why You Shouldn't Ignore Heavy Periods

Some periods are lighter; some are heavier. If you’re a woman who experiences fluctuations with her monthly cycle, you’ve likely grown accustomed to your personal fluctuations. When an abnormally heavy month comes along, it may be tempting to dismiss it as a rare occurrence, but if it’s heavy enough to interfere with your normal activities, it’s time to investigate the problem.

When you seek compassionate, personalized care, contact Women First GYN. Dr. Margie Corney and her team understand how heavy periods can slow you down, and they’re ready to help you choose from the many available treatments for these symptoms.

What to watch for

Sometimes, it’s hard to make the call when normal, heavy bleeding becomes menorrhagia, the medical term for abnormal menstrual blood flow. Common signs of menorrhagia include:

When to contact the clinic

Make an appointment outside of your regular wellness exams if you have menstrual bleeding that requires more than one piece of sanitary protection every hour for two or more consecutive hours. This may be enough blood loss that anemia becomes a risk, even if you have no symptoms for it yet.

Follow up on bleeding between periods, intermittent or irregular bleeding, or with any vaginal bleeding if you’ve already passed into menopause. An extra appointment is a good idea if cramping and other symptoms start to interfere with your enjoyment of life.

Don’t ignore the signs

There are many conditions that can lead to menorrhagia. Some of these may develop into serious issues with time, so acting early may save you from more suffering later. Common causes of abnormal menstrual bleeding include:

Risk factors and complications

Younger women tend to be more susceptible to ovarian dysfunction while women in their later reproductive years will more likely see growths as a culprit. There are, however, no hard and fast rules for diagnosis.

Anemia is the primary complication caused by excessive menstrual blood loss, though the severe pain that often accompanies menorrhagia is sometimes a medical problem on its own.

There’s no good reason to ignore the symptoms of heavy menstrual periods. Contact Women First GYN by phone or online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Corney. There’s no reason why your period should interfere with your life, so book your appointment today. 

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