Period Heavier than Normal?: 10 Reasons Why This Could Happen
Is your period heavier than normal? Find out ten reasons why this happens plus how you can correct them.
The first time I saw my period I was 12 years old and it only came for a day. However, over the years, my flo has increased in “quantity’ and now I get heavy periods that could span 4–5 days.
If you’re a woman well into your 20s and 30s (even your mid teens), you’d have come to discover that at a certain time of each month, you get visited by “aunty flo”, whether or not you want her. A lot of women experience heavy periods and have come to accept this as a normal part of their monthly cycle.
However, if you’ve been having a light to moderate flow but suddenly notice a change, especially a heavy period that comes with clotting or pain, you might need to pause and take some time to investigate this new change.
Heavy Periods That Can Be Overlooked
If your heavy period comes with very few clots that are small in size, it might be harmless and no cause for alarm. Where you should bothere is if these clots are quite large and are accompanied with very heavy bleedings or pain.
If this occurs, you definitely should see a doctor to rule out any possible underlying health complications.
Here are Ten Health Reason that Could Make Your Period Heavier Than Normal
Miscarriage is a pregnancy that gets lost before it is 20 weeks. Sadly, it is quite common as over 20% of all pregnancies are miscarried.
Because miscarriage typically happens in the first trimester, sometimes as early as two weeks into the pregnancy, most women don’t get to know they are pregnant before the pregnancy is lost.
The only thing that points to the fact a miscarriage might have occurred, is that you get a much heavier period than normal.
For some women, their periods usually return to normal by the next month and they never get to know what it truly was.
However, women who suspect and would like to find out should look out for these miscarriage symptoms:
- Mild to very severe abdominal cramps.
-‘Pains at their lower back.
- Mild to moderate feelings of nausea.
- A period that’s heavily clotted and runs for several weeks.
- Fatigue and dizziness due to the blood loss.
- Period heavier than normal with clots.
Another reason you’re likely to experience heavy periods is if you have von Willebrand Disease (VWD).
VWD is a genetic disorder characterized by a deficiency of the blood clotting protein in your system.
People with this health condition experience heavier than normal bleeding; women sufferers are likely to experience heavy periods and excessive bleeding after delivery which could because fatal if not properly managed.
Your heavy periods could also be caused by uterine fibroid, the presence of moderate to large lumps in your womb.
Uterine fibroids are mostly benign and will not negatively impact your life. However, some cases do and could result in heavy periods, pain during sex, mild to severe abdominal cramps, and difficulties getting pregnant.
Some risk factors of uterine fibroids include:
- Being of African-American Descent
- Being Overweight or Obese
- Being between the ages 30 to 50 years.
- Being an Early Starter (starting your period before the age of 10).
- Uterine fibroids are quite easy to remove and treatment could be medication, surgery, or the use of herbal or natural remedies.
Read Also: How Long Does a Miscarriage Last?
Your heavy periods could also be caused by endometriosis, a medical condition where your uterine tissues grow outside your uterus
Ideally, these uterine tissues should grow inside your uterus, but because they grow outside this womb, it leads to painful periods, heavy periods, painful sex, and also infertility.
Common causes of endometriosis include an immune system disorder, retrograde menstruations, surgical scars, among others.
Endometriosis can be treated and common treatment for it include medication, hormone therapy, surgery, fertility treatment, hysterectomy, and alternative medicines.
5.Uterine or Cervical Cancer
Heavy periods is also a typical symptom of cervical cancer. While heavy bleeding could also be a harmless occurrence, it should be taken serious if accompanied by other symptoms like:
- Bleeding heavily for more than two months.
- Bleeding before or right after sex.
- Bleeding between periods.
Certain infections could also cause heavy periods. If your heavy bleeding is caused by an infection, your doctor will correctly diagnose the type and give you the corresponding treatment to eliminate it.
7.The Use of Blood Thinners
Blood thinners are useful, especially if you have a medical condition where your blood doesn’t clot. However, the downside of taking these medication type is that it could lead to heavy bleeding which, when uncontrolled, could become dangerous.
Blood thinners should be taken only when needed and oy when prescribed by a doctor.
8.Intrauterine Device (IUD)
Intrauterine devices are very effective in preventing pregnancies as they make the environment very uncomfortable for the sperm or egg to thrive.
Despite their effectiveness, one downside to using IUDs is that you’re likely to experience some moderate to heavy bleeding afterwards. This heavy bleeding is usually temporary as your period adjusts with time.
However, if your period fails to after two cycle, you should have it checked out by a doctor.
As your body prepares to cease releasing ovaries altogether, you will experience what is known as premenopause.
From the name, Premenopause occurs shortly before a woman reaches menopause and is characterized by very irregular periods; one minute you’re skipping a period and the next you’re experiencing very heavy bleedings.
These periods can be so heavy and unexpected, they embarrass you.
Besides these heavy periods, other symptoms to look out for include hot flashes, blood clots, bleeding between periods, mood swings, vagina dryness, fatigue, among others.
Premenopause typically lasts anywhere from five months to 10 years, ending only when menopause fully sets in.
Also, there is no cure for premenopause, however, the symptoms can be effectively managed using medications or a slight change in lifestyle habits.
Uterine polyps is yet another health condition that could cause heavy periods.
Bedsides heavy bleeding, other symptoms of uterine polyps to look out for include:
- Bleeding during periods.
- Bleeding even after menopause.
- Irregular periods.
- Possible infertility.
Treatment for uterine polyps include hysteroscopy, endometrial biopsy, and surgery.
Treatment for heavy periods vary and usually corresponds with the underlying cause of the problem.
Most cases of heavy bleeding are harmless and nothing to worry about, but if you experience this excessive bleeding for more than two months or you experience heavy periods with clot and or pain, you should immediately have it checked out as timely intervention could prevent it deteriorating further to cause other health complications.