What Does a Heavy Menstrual Cycle Mean?

What Does a Heavy Menstrual Cycle Mean?

by Sylvie Paroski M.D.,
Board Certified for F.A.C.O.G
Women’s Wellness at Flower Mound
972.355.9436 • womenswellnessfm.com

Do you have menstrual cycles (menses) that are heavy? Have you ever asked yourself what is considered normal? Normal is often what you have gotten used to. Many women with excessively heavy menses will say, “I’ve been handling it and I can continue.” When you have to miss out on work or social functions secondary to heavy menses, you very likely have menses that are too heavy. Another measure of heavy menses is the speed at which a change in pad or tampon is needed. If you are filling a pad or tampon in 2 hours or less that is also considered too heavy. If a cycle is heavy like this for one half day that may certainly be more tolerable than having several days of heavy flow. So quite often we bargain with ourselves and make it through.

Time away from activities is bad enough, but very often heavy bleeding results in decreased energy. It is a good idea to make sure you are not getting anemic as taking extra iron could help your body recover more quickly. Imagine what you could do with more energy.

If you find out that you do have heavy menses, evaluation and diagnosis are important. There are many causes of excessive menses. By far, the most common cause of excessive menses are hormones.

Other possible causes of heavy menses include:

polyps or fibroids;
infection;
endocrine;
blood clotting disorder
or cancer.

Do not be afraid to ask your OB/GYN questions and see if your situation needs evaluation. We all deserve to live life to the fullest.


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