Heavy bleeding during your period is sometimes known medically as menorrhagia. Although every woman is different and menstrual cycles can vary, when should you see Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates about a heavy period?
One third of women have heavy menstrual bleeding, but although it may be common, it isn’t necessarily normal. It can mean an underlying health issue which is not being treated. You could have a hormonal imbalance, you might be suffering from a drug side effect, or it could also be something more serious.
Besides cramping and fatigue, losing too much blood can cause iron deficiency anemia. It isn’t something you should ignore.
There are some guidelines about what constitutes heavy bleeding. According to the CDC, menorrhagia or heavy bleeding last more than seven days. It can also simply be defined as bleeding which is very heavy.
So what exactly does heavy bleeding mean:
If you are experiencing any of these conditions, make an appointment with your gynecologist.
Heavy periods are quite common in young adolescent women first getting their menstrual cycle.
There are many causes for a heavy period from the benign to the serious. In order to recommend treatment, Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates first needs to diagnose the cause. Try to make the appointment before your next cycle.
A heavy period can be due to polyps, uterine fibroids, hormone imbalances, an IUD, your meds, inherited bleeding disorders, or other medical conditions including cancer.
It could be something simple like changing to a different birth control method from an IUD, so don’t think the worst. The most important thing is to find out what is causing the heavy period and get appropriate treatment.
Contact Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates at (404) 355-0320 if you are experiencing heavy periods, even if it is your first time.