Menstrual Cycles

Posted by GPWHC on 25 August 2016

For many women, especially teens, a heavy period can make life miserable.  The discomfort that often comes with it- bloating, cramps, and feeling tired, can have an impact on school, sports or activities.  So, what are the options currently available to help find some relief?  First, schedule an appointment with one of the practitioners at Great Plains Women’s Health.  During the appointment, the doctor will try to find a specific cause for the heavy periods, and help you or your teen find the right solution. 

How do I know if my period is considered “heavy?”  According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:

·         Bleeding that lasts more than 7 days.

·         Bleeding that soaks through one or more tampons or pads every hour for several hours in a row.

·         Needing to wear more than one pad at a time to control menstrual flow.

·         Needing to change pads or tampons during the night.

·         Menstrual flow with blood clots that are as big as a quarter or larger.


One of the ways to find relief is to take birth control, in some form.  Hormonal birth control comes in several varieties of pills, patch or ring, and are usually affordable and fairly easy to take. This method can help with some of the common causes of heavy menstrual flow such as ovulation, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and fibroids.  Some of the benefits often seen with hormonal birth control can include: pregnancy prevention, reduced frequency or intensity of menstrual bleeding, reduced acne, and reduced risk of pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, and ectopic pregnancy.  While there are benefits, hormonal birth control does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases, pills must be taken daily for full effectiveness, and other possible side effects. 

There are other options for dealing with a heavy menstrual period, such as intrauterine devices (IUD), birth control implants, and various procedures to treat specific causes for the heavy flow.  Your doctor will help you find the best solution for you, and help you start feeling your best! 

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