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Can you get ovarian cysts and fibroids without ever being sexually active?I heard fibroids cause heavy periods and mine are extremely heavy with clots

Can you get ovarian cysts and fibroids without ever being sexually active?I heard fibroids cause heavy periods and mine are extremely heavy with clots

Yes but: Ovarian cysts & fibroid are both possible without ever being sexually active. But neither are the likely cause of having heavy periods are age 16. At age 16, the far most likely cause is imbalance in hormone levels or a genetic tendency to having heavy periods. A gynecologist can help you figure out the best option for treatment. This can include high-dose ibuprofen, birth control pills or others. ...Read more

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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


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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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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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Heavy periods and bad pains?

Heavy periods and bad pains?

Heavy periods: Heavy periods frequently are related to ovary cyst, abnormal hormone balance. If you are close to the menopausal, could be heavy, if you are taking to much pain medication, or having coagulation abnormalities. Ultrasound help, dr gyn. Check up and lab test, for hormone, coagulation profile, and back pain evaluation. ...Read more

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Is there a safe treatment for heavy periods after triple negative breast cancer. Am not on any medication or contraception.

Is there a safe treatment for heavy periods after triple negative breast cancer. Am not on any medication or contraception.

Probably but...: .....You are very young and had a triple negative breast cancer. I do not know about uk standards for brca testing but you could carry a brca mutation (especially brca1). If so, preventative hysterectomy with ovarian surgery would be a consideration and that would take care of your problem. Discuss it with your doc. Best to you. ...Read more

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I'm 40 an suffer from severe migraines +anxiety + heavy periods with lots of pain. Moods/migraines are getting worse with every cycle. Best treatment?

Go see your doctor: Tell him/her what's bothering you. Check out options i've listed at http://alvinblin.Com/2012/04/evidence-based-migraine-prevention.Html. Some are otc while others require prescription. But all are evidence-based. Also consider oral contraception to keep from cycling. No menses, no migraines. Voila! of course, this assumes you don't want any more children. ...Read more

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Been prescribed with tranexamic acid tablets for heavy, painful periods. What are the side effects?

Been prescribed with tranexamic acid tablets for heavy, painful periods. What are the side effects?

Nausea,vomiting,diar: Side effects are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. Dizziness and low blood pressure deep vein thrombosis pulmonary embolism cerebral thrombosis acute renal cortical necrosis central retinal artery and vein obstruction acute allergic reaction headache stuffy nose many more listed but not all patients feel all the side effects and most can tolerate the drug, sometimes the dose needs to be lowered. ...Read more

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My daughter has unsually long and heavy periods that can last 12 days or sometimes more. Is this normal? Can it be prevented?

See your doctor: This sounds too heavy. Your daughter can be put on birth control pills to control her cycles. Other options exist as well. Please make an appointment with a gynecologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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How can I avoid heavy periods without taking pills or other contraceptive, platelets just below normal.

How can I avoid heavy periods without taking pills or other contraceptive, platelets just below normal.

Treatment for period: An endometrial ablation is a procedure to destroy the lining of the uterus to eliminate or minimize the amount of bleeding during menstrual cycles. There are five different techniques and most can be done in the office under local anesthesia. This does not effect your hormones or cause menopause. It is a great option and helps patients avoid major surgery. ...Read more

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I asked earlier about my daughter. She went to the doctor for heavy periods. She gets nose bleeds. She was found to have factor viii. She is 13.

I asked earlier about my daughter.  She went to the doctor for heavy periods.  She gets nose bleeds.  She was found to have factor viii. She is 13.

With that history,: Von willebrand disease is the mostly likely cause out of the 3 possibilities i gave you. There are 3 types of vwd, all of which can be managed so your daughter can live an active, healthy life once you & she learn what to do. See http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/health/health-topics/topics/vwd/. ...Read more

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Menorrhagia (Definition)

Menorrhagia is also known as Excessive menstrual bleeding. Menorrhagia refers to prolonged or excessive menstrual flow. Normal duration of the period is 7 days or less, and 80 millilitres of ...Read more


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Excessive Menstrual Bleeding (Definition)

Excessive menstrual bleeding is a clinical finding in which a woman bleeds significantly with her menstruation, often due to bleeding disorders or issues with ...Read more


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