If you are concerned that you have heavy periods, prolonged menstrual bleeding, and other period problems, talk to your doctor.
This chart can help you keep track of your periods. You will want to note how heavy your flow is and whether or not you have cramping. Bring a copy to your doctor for a thorough discussion about how to proceed.
More than 7 million women in America experience a heavy menstrual cycle. Many of these women don't seek treatment, believing that a heavy menstrual cycle is a normal part of the aging process and of menopause. In fact, a heavy menstrual cycle is not normal and can lead to complications, including:
More than 7 million women in the United States suffer with a very heavy menstrual period each month. This can have a major impact on their lives. Consequences of a very heavy period can include severe pain, fatigue, embarrassment, and iron-deficiency anemia. A heavy period may be caused by such conditions as fibroids, polyps, and hormonal changes.
There are many potential causes for heavy periods, such as hormone imbalances, fibroids and polyps, infections, and bleeding disorders.
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.
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