When it comes to menstruation, not all women experience the same thing. Some women just have heavy flow the could last longer than others. While you shouldn’t worry if you always use super tampons at the same time your friend is using the light ones. You should be concerned if your periods dramatically changed in flow all of a sudden.
If you started experiencing unusual heavy periods or unusual light periods you should explain the situation to your doctor and investigate what is causing the change.
All women are familiar to what is normal for them so once you start experiencing unusual symptoms or flow with your periods that last longer than three months in a row. Then you should consult your doctor.
Here are the most common causes for unusual heavy menstrual flow.
1- You Just Changed Birth Control.
Knowing that most hormonal birth control pills regulate and lessen periods, some doctors actually prescribe then particularly to lighten up heavy periods flow. So if you switched to non-hormonal birth control or stopped taking oral contraceptive pills all together you may get back to your previous heavy flow you are used to.
In the case of IUDs, hormonal IUDs lessen the flow of period while other non-hormonal IUDs were found to increase the period flow. While this is considered normal. Still be safe and see your doctor if your heavy flow continued for longer than three months after insertion.
2- You Are Taking Blood Thinners.
Anticoagulants or blood thinners are prescribed for daily consumption in order to prevent the formation of potentially fetal blood clots.
While blood thinners help your blood to flow more smoothly around your body to prevent heart attack and stroke. They also allow the blood to flow more freely down there when you are on your period.
Checking with your doctor all the meds you are using will make it easier for you to keep blood thinners on pause when you are expecting your period.
3- You Are Pre-menopause.
Pre-menopause can occur as young as 30 years old, the menstrual changes start to happen 4 to 10 months before you become menopausal and doctors say the menstrual changes are the first symptom to menopause that can make you predict which age you may become menopausal.
4- You Have Uterine Fibroids.
Uterine fibroids are small non-cancerous growths inside of your uterus. They are hot harmful yet they can cause really heavy menstrual flow and sometimes bleeding between periods. One study showed that over 70% of the women will get uterine fibroids before the age of 50.
One of the main symptoms of fibroids is unusual heavy bleeding with blood clots. Sometimes the bleeding could be too heavy and prolonged to stop a woman from carrying on her usual daily activities.
5- You Have a Blood Disorder.
There are many types of blood disorders that could cause heavy menstrual bleeding however the most common Disorder is von Willebrand disease which means that women won’t have a specific protein in their blood that allows blood to clot naturally.
6- You Have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
About050% of the women having Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome don’t even know they have it. Women with PCOS get a cluster of cysts on their Ovaries compared to a strand of pearls which could lead to heavier than normal menstrual bleeding. Normal ovulation trigger the lining of the uterus to shed itself on time causing your monthly periods. However in the case of PCOS, that trigger doesn’t happen, causing the Uterine lining to thicken and then shed later on much heavier than usual.