Menstruation typically occurs every 21-35 days and lasts for seven days or less. Some women never know for sure when their period will start within that range, while others can pinpoint the day it will start each month, but it’s normal to experience some variation from cycle to cycle.
Irregular periods can be caused by emotional stress and sickness. They may also be due to underlying health problems, so it’s important to schedule a pelvic exam if your irregular periods last for a few months. Some of the possible causes include:
Whether you’re already worried about heavy periods or you’re not sure whether your period is heavy enough for concern, please don’t hesitate to talk with your doctor at Rosh Maternal & Fetal Medicine.
Your periods are too heavy when you have one or more of the following:
Heavy periods are often caused by a gynecologic condition that should be treated such as:
Irregular and heavy periods may be treated with a variety of medications, depending on the underlying cause of the problem. Hormonal birth control methods lighten menstrual flow and regulate periods, so they often help with ovulation problems, polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, and fibroids. Other medications can stop your menstrual cycle and reduce heavy menstrual bleeding.
Your doctor may recommend minimally-invasive surgery when medications don’t help or when ultrasound or other diagnostic procedures show large fibroids or polyps. Common surgical procedures include:
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