Most women become familiar with the frequency and typical flow during their period. If something changes, women notice. It could be a missed cycle or two, or suddenly having a heavier than “normal” flow. When any changes occur, it’s important to see your doctor. There are some serious reasons why you shouldn’t ignore a heavy menstrual flow.
The Consistency Of Changes
If you have a heavier (or much lighter) flow one month and it goes back to your normal flow the next month, or if you miss a cycle but all is fine after that, there is probably nothing to be concerned about.
What you shouldn’t ignore is a change in your flow, frequency, or menstrual pain that becomes consistent. Those types of changes which begin to occur each month, especially a heavier flow, should not be ignored and indicate an appointment with Birmingham Obstetrics & Gynecology.
What is considered “normal” for you is not necessarily “normal” for someone else. That’s why it’s good practice to keep track of the duration, regularity, amount of pain, and blood flow each cycle.
On The Other Hand
Some women accept that their heavy menstrual flow is their normal. If you need to change pads or tampons multiple times throughout the day or even at night because of how heavy you are bleeding, this is NOT normal. Medically, this is known as Menorrhagia.
There are many causes of abnormal heavy bleeding which include the following:
- Uterine fibroids
- Hormone imbalance
- An infection
- Thyroid issues
- Endometrial polyps
It’s essential to discover the root causes of your heavy bleeding as soon as possible since several of these possible causes are serious medical conditions. On the other hand, several can be treated with minimal procedures or medications.
Don’t wait to see your doctor for an evaluation if you are experiencing heavy bleeding. Some women are afraid to speak with their doctor because they assume a hysterectomy is the only solution. This is not the case. There are many options available so speak with your doctor.
Your life should not revolve around your period.
Contact Birmingham Obstetrics & Gynecology at (205) 933-8334 if your heavy bleeding and menstrual pain interfere with your life and day to day activities.