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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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How can I stop my heavy periods?

How can I stop my heavy periods?

Hormones, Procedure: Heavy flows can be remedied relatively easily with the birth control pill, and iud, a medication called lysteda, or, for example a simple procedure called endometrial ablation. The procedure should only be done if you are finished having children and ideally have a permanent form of birth control on board. Of course, your gyn should check that all is ok first with a sono, and some labs. ...Read more

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How can I treat really heavy periods?

How can I treat really heavy periods?

SEE YOUR GYN: U need a workup , depending on the cause and what you child bearing desires are, bcpills, or lysteda, or endometrial abaltion that I do in offcie, or sometimes depending on the situation you may need a hysterectomy( usually u will not need the hysterectomy unless other measures tried first all fail). ...Read more

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What does it mean to have "heavy periods"?

What does it mean to have "heavy periods"?

Define heavy: What is heavy menses for one woman might seem not so heavy for another. Some questions to help determine if your period is heavy. How many tampons or pads do you use daily? How many days do you bleed for? Do you have clots, or solid chunks of blood with your periods? Do you ever soak through your tampon or pad, getting blood on your clothes or bed sheets? If the answers are yes, see a gyn! ...Read more

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Why have I always had heavy periods. I am 22 years of age. ?

Why have I always had heavy periods. I am 22 years of age. ?

Unlucky: Some people have heavy periods, some are light for some women. This can be genetically predisposing and you may have a family member who also has heavy cycles. This can be a normal variant in some women, and you may just be an unlucky one who has heavy periods. Get your GYN to evaluate you to be safe. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Have had unusually heavy periods recently. Should I be worried?

Depends: It is depend on how heavy your periods -depend onhow many pads you change a day and how long has it been. You need toget evaluation. If periods are toolong and too heavy, you can have anemia-cause fatigue and dangerous to your health. ...Read more

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How come I get heavy periods at 17?

How come I get heavy periods at 17?

Common: There are many reasons for heavy periods and they can occur at any age. Common reasons at a young age are use of certain medications (aspirin, some herbals etc), not ovulating regularly, and some blood disorders. If they are consistently heavy, get a good exam and some blood work to evaluate them. ...Read more

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Is there a remedy for heavy periods?

Yes: The options will depend on age, anatomical pathology if any and reproductive desires. Pathology has to be addressed. If interested in preserving fertility, hormonal manipulation in the form of progesterones or bcps are options. If fertility is not and issue you could have an in office endometrial ablation or outpatient hysterectomy. Your doctor will be the best person to tailor your care. ...Read more

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How to deal with heavy periods at school?

How to deal with heavy periods at school?

Normal?: I'll answer assuming you have seen your Doctor to determine there are no reasons like fibroids or other medical condition causing heavy bleeding and you have been checked for anemia. My advise is to Be prepared. Bring plenty of spare pads, tampons and undies, wear black pants. I have had patients tell me they wear depends on their heaviest days. You may want to look into getting a uterine ablation ...Read more

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Are my heavy periods contributing to my low iron?

Are my heavy periods contributing to my low iron?

Quite possibly: Low iron, which is associated with anemia, is commonly caused by chronic blood loss. Heavy menstrual bleeding and/or prolonged bleeding can lead to iron deficiency and anemia. Fatigue and exercise intolerance are common symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Menorrhagia (Definition)

Menorrhagia/Heavy Menstrual Bleeding is any period bleeding that leads to soaking a pad/tampon more than every 2hrs, interferes w/ daily activities, or lasts >7days. There are many causes: fibroids, polyp, hormonal imbalance (TSH/Prog/Estr), adenomyosis, bleeding disorders and cancer. Get checked out. Taking progesterone (pills/IUD) can help to thin the uterine lining so you ...Read more


Hypermenorrhea (Definition)

Hypermenorrhea is menstrual flow that is heavy. About 1 in 20 women have heavy flow. If you need to change a pad or tampon every 2 hours or more or have gushing or soak into your clothes frequently you have hypermenorrhea. See a doctor. ...Read more