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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Heavy Period

Everyone who menstruates loses blood each month — that’s just part of the deal during your fertile years. If your flow is especially heavy, however, it may indicate a medical condition that needs treatment. And regardless, heavy menstrual flow can bring challenges, from potentially significant discomfort to distractions and inconvenience.

At Melissa Grier, MD Women’s Healthcare in Pasadena, California, Dr. Grier is pleased to provide diagnostics and treatment for underlying causes of heavy menstruation. If you’re concerned about your own monthly flow, read on. 

Signs your periods are abnormally heavy

On average, a healthy period leads to about six to eight teaspoons or up to around 16 teaspoons of blood loss. When you lose notably more than that, due to really heavy flow or bleeding that lasts for more than seven days, you may be experiencing menorrhagia, the technical term for heavy periods. 

Other signs of heavy periods include:

Heavy periods can happen consistently, with every cycle, or come on suddenly during one period. In both cases, seeking medical support is important for ensuring your overall health.

Causes of heavy periods

A range of factors can fuel heavy menstruation. Many causes involve a hormone imbalance, which may be brought on by conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome, insulin resistance, and thyroid disorders. Certain types of birth control can also offset hormonal balance leading to heavy bleeding.

Additional causes of heavy periods include:

Treatment for heavy periods

Getting treatment for the cause of your heavy menstruation is important. If you ignore your symptoms, such a cause can go undiagnosed and worsen over time while leading to complications such as anemia. And severe cases, such as cancer, are easiest to effectively treat early on.

If you’re experiencing heavy periods, Dr. Grier will conduct a comprehensive exam to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms, as well as the best treatment. Based on her assessment, your recommended treatment may include medications, lifestyle changes, or a procedure, such as a minimally-invasive robotic procedure to remove endometrial tissue or a hysterectomy.

Learn more about heavy periods or get the treatment you need by calling our office or scheduling an appointment with Dr. Grier through our online booking feature.

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