During your menstrual cycle, your body prepares for the possibility of becoming pregnant. During the first half of your cycle, estrogen and progesterone hormone levels rise and thicken the lining of the uterus to protect the egg released by an ovary each month. If an egg is fertilized, it will embed itself into the new thick lining of your uterus. However, if no egg is fertilized, your body sheds the excess lining over the course of several days in the form of menstrual blood or, your period.
According to the National Women's Health Resource Center, over 56% of women have to make adjustments to their daily lives because of heavy periods.
Increasingly, physicians find that heavy bleeding is a common medical condition that patients often ignore.
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