A heavy period, means you have a lot of bleeding that lasts longer and needs more frequent pad or tampon changes. Signs of heavy periods can include quickly soaking through pads or tampons, passing big blood clots, and feeling tired or anemic from losing too much blood. If you think you have heavy periods, it's important for you to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible.
Heavy periods can be caused by various factors, including hormonal imbalances, uterine fibroids, polyps, adenomyosis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), blood clotting disorders, and certain medications. Hormonal changes, such as those associated with perimenopause or thyroid disorders, can also contribute to heavy menstrual bleeding. Accurate diagnosis is essential to identify the underlying cause and determine the appropriate treatment.
Evaluation of heavy periods typically involves a thorough medical history assessment, physical examination, and diagnostic tests, which may include blood tests to check for anemia or hormone imbalances, pelvic ultrasound, hysteroscopy, or endometrial biopsy. Treatment options for heavy periods depend on the underlying cause and individual factors. Treatments may range from hormonal medications (birth control pills, hormonal IUDs) to minimally invasive procedures (endometrial ablation, myomectomy for fibroids) or surgical interventions (hysterectomy). We will recommend the most suitable treatment plan for your specific situation.