December 14, 2017

You’re unique, and so is your period. As you age, your menstrual cycle will likely change. Sometimes, these changes can be concerning, and other times, they are merely a regular part of life. How do you know when to be worried?

Our doctors who specialize in women’s health issues want to help you understand your body and the changes you might be going through. Here are a few things you should know if you experience heavy periods.

Clotting Is Normal

When you have heavy periods, you might notice blood clots or chunky, jelly-like blobs that vary in color and size. These clots are your body’s natural way of controlling bleeding. While they’re usually nothing to worry about, if you notice large clots — bigger than an inch in diameter — call our office and schedule an appointment.

Hormones May Be the Cause

Hormone imbalance is a common cause of heavy bleeding. Many teenagers and women who are approaching menopause experience changes in their cycles due to hormone levels. The good news? This imbalance can often be treated with medication.

Birth Control Might Help

Your flow is controlled by the level of certain hormones in your body. Taking birth control pills could help to even out the hormone levels and decrease your monthly flow.

Your Iron Levels May be Low

Heavy periods might cause you to lose iron and become anemic. This can leave you feeling tired and a bit moody. Add iron-rich foods to your diet such as red meat, beans, and leafy greens like spinach. Ask your doctor if you need to take an iron supplement, too.

It Might Be Your Medicine

Taking aspirin or other blood thinners can cause you to experience heavier bleeding. Review your medications with your physician to make sure they’re not to blame for the changes to your cycle.

It Could Be a Sign of Something Serious

Sometimes, bleeding can be a sign of serious conditions such as cancer, endometriosis, or pelvic inflammatory disease. Be sure to see your doctor with changes to your period that you can’t control or tolerate.

If your menstrual cycles are making daily life difficult, come see one of our doctors who specializes in women’s health. Give Healthcare Associates a call today to book your appointment.

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