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What Is Causing My Heavy Periods?
Want to understand the cause of your heavy periods? Every woman’s menstrual flow is unique to them. While most women tend to experience a normal menstrual flow, some experience a light menstrual flow, while others experience a heavy menstrual flow. When your heavy menstrual flow gets in the way of being able to perform everyday activities, you need to make an appointment with a professional OBGYN.
Learning more about the cause of heavy periods, a.k.a. menorrhagia, is recommended for any woman who is experiencing ongoing heavy menstrual cycles. While it may be something that can be easily corrected, some of the reasons behind heavy periods may be related to a serious health condition. This makes it essential for any woman whose periods are causing her so much pain or making her feel so weak that she cannot properly function to seek professional medical assistance.
What causes heavy periods?
The following is a list of common causes of heavy periods.
Uterine polyps or uterine fibroids
Both uterine polyps and fibroids can grow within the uterus. When they do, they can make a woman’s periods much heavier. They can also make her period last longer than it normally does.
When a woman’s hormone levels are not balanced, her chances of experiencing a heavier period are much higher. This is often due to the uterus lining not shedding as it is supposed to. If hormonal problems cause a woman to not ovulate, she will often experience a thicker uterine lining and therefore, a heavier period.
Wearing certain IUDs
Women who wear an IUD are more likely to experience heavy periods during the first three to six months after having the IUD inserted. Women who choose to use an IUD as their birth control device and do not want to experience heavy menstrual flow will need to choose an IUD that contains hormones if they want to prevent suffering from heavy periods. Copper IUDs are more commonly associated with heavy periods.
Being diagnosed with certain health conditions
A woman who is diagnosed with endometriosis, thyroid problems, pelvic inflammatory disease, kidney disease and/or liver disease is more likely to experience heavy periods.
Taking certain medications
There are certain medications that a woman may be prescribed that cause her to experience a heavier-than-usual menstrual flow. This makes it necessary for women who are experiencing a heavy flow to let their OBGYN know what medications they are taking.
Are your heavy periods getting in the way of your activities?
Are you currently experiencing heavy periods and want to understand more about the reason behind it? Your next step is making an appointment with an experienced OBGYN so you can learn more. There are many different causes for women who are experiencing a heavy period. In order for you to understand your cause, you need to be seen by an OBGYN so you can be sure to receive a proper diagnosis.
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