Many women get heavy menstrual periods and painful cramps. For some women, this means passing large blood clots and changing sanitary pads or tampons often. You may also have periods that last longer than 7 days.
A change in hormones or an irritation in the uterus can cause heavy bleeding. Women who are overweight are more likely to have heavy menstrual periods. But there may not be a specific cause for your heavy menstrual periods.
Your doctor may recommend hormone treatments to slow or stop your periods. If a fibroid (a growth that is not cancer) is causing your heavy bleeding, your doctor may recommend surgery or other treatments to remove the growth. Because blood loss from heavy menstrual periods can make you very tired and weak (anemic), your doctor may recommend that you take extra iron.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 13, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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