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A 31-year-old member asked:

can i tell me how i can feel comfortable at school with heavy period & cramps?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Dysmenorrhea: Period bloating: try nsaid’s, ssri’s, hormone meds, otc meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise ; acupuncture are excellent for dysmenorrhea. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol ; salt. Get gyn eval to r/o underlying pathology. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium (supplementation or through diet) or black cohosh with dr ok. Sipping chamomile ; green tea can dissipate pain.

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A 19-year-old member asked:

Why have I got an extremely heavy period just one week after my last one? I am only 19.

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Fairly common : Having an irregular period periodically is not rare especially when you are young. I encourage patients to track their cycles over a few months before hitting the panic button. If you are sexually active you should be on birth control to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. This would also give you the added benefit of excellent menstrual cycle control.
A 18-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to never have a heavy period? I only have light ones, and they r never regular... Normal?

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Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Sure: Every woman is different. Your cycles might be dependent on your body build - slight women can have slightly lower estrogen levels, making periods lighter and more erratic. As long as you are menstruating, you should be ok. Of course, make sure you discuss this with your primary physician.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How can I address a very heavy period?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Many ways: 1st: evaluation- blood test for hormones, us for fibroids, hysteroscopy for polyps, endometrial biopsy for abnormal cells. 2nd: treatment- ocp if not smoker, progesterone, iud, remove fibroid or polyp if present, meds such as lysteda, endometrial ablation, uterine artery embolization and finally- hysterectomy.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How can you tell if you are hemorrhaging or just having a really heavy period?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Usually if you are s: Soaking a pad an hour that is too heavy or if you feel weak that means you are getting anemic from the heavy bleeding, either way you should see your gyn tomorrow for a workup or call your gyn tonight as you may need to go to the er to get it stopped or slowed down and you need the proper diagnosis so u can get the correct treatment.
Columbia, MO
A 27-year-old female asked:

Is it normal to have a heavy period without clots?

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Dr. Chevies Newman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Well?: Heavy is subjective. Are you anemic? You can bleed heavily without clots, it's not unusual but not normal to bleed heavily. Don't let yourself get anemic. It is unlikely an issue with coagulation.

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