In our gynecology clinic, heavy and irregular menses are two of the most common reasons we see patients. The normal period cycle falls between every 21 to 35 days. And any period that falls out of this range is said to be abnormal. This means there is a problem of abnormal bleeding. If the average duration of your menses is 3 to 7 days, and the average blood loss per menstrual cycle is 80 cc, your period is normal. If your period falls below or above the range, let us know. We will give you the best recommendation and treatment. Let us know more about it when you visit us.
Don’t take it for granted if you face abnormal bleeding. Heavy menses may need serious attention. Because there can be a severe medical condition underneath it all. Also, it can cause other medical problems if you don’t pay attention and treat it in time. We hope it is not an indicator of sometime serious, however, it is important to take care of yourself.
Heavy menses may be the cause of any genetic or acquired disorder. Abnormal thyroid function or other hormonal or endocrine problems can also cause heavy menses. The seriousness of heavy menses also depends on your age and how long it has been happening. It can be due to fibroids, polyps, infection, endometriosis, your PCOS, polycystic ovarian syndrome.
For women that are in their 40s and older, heavy and irregular bleeding can be a sign of endometrial hyperplasia or endometrial cancer. So it is important to treat it before it gets worse.
Treating abnormal bleeding is not always difficult. You can manage it in many easy ways unless you have severe bleeding issues. For women, who have bleeding that is not excessive, the problem can improve with diet alone. They will only require to modify the diet and avoid estrogen rich foods. It includes animal-based products (Chicken, Beef, Pork) yams, soy, and red wine.
If the problem is more serious, then women need regulation of menses with hormonal birth control pills or oral contraceptives. For older women, women who are done with childbearing or women who don’t want to use hormone therapy, there can be another solution. Endometrial ablation may be a good option to reduce and sometimes eliminate menses all together.
If you worry about your period approaching, have to take time off or avoid certain activities during your menses, if you feel your periods affect or control your life, you need to see a Gynecologist for evaluation.