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What could cause a light period for about 2 weeks and a very heavy period for about 4 days?

What could cause a light period for about 2 weeks and a very heavy period for about 4 days?

Possibly pregnant: Take a home pregnancy test. They are reliable, accurate and valid. If it's negative, repeat it in one week. If it's still negative, see your doctor. ...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


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Hi I had a very light period where it was brown and red on and off for 3 days. It was very unusual - I usually have heavy period with clots.

Hi I had a very light period where it was brown and red on and off for 3 days. It was very unusual - I usually have heavy period with clots.

It happens sometimes: Many women have occasional variation of their mucus discharge, some spotting between periods, a heavier period, a lighter period, a longer or shorter period, or even a missed period. Having one or two of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean there is a medical problem, but a visit to one’s primary care or Ob-Gyn doctor is a good idea if symptoms are persistent, recurring, or worrisome. ...Read more

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I normally have a really heavy period. I take birth control. Having brown and very light period with no symptoms. Help?

I normally have a really heavy period. I take birth control. Having brown and very light period with no symptoms. Help?

Light period: The main reason for light periods is change in hormone levels. Causes for what seems to be a light period can include: thyroid problems, eating disorders, excessive exercise, initial periods for a girl, use of an intrauterine device, oral contraceptives, perimenopause & implantation bleeding in early pregnancy which rarely occurs. ...Read more

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Have a light period which lasted 5 days then less than a week later I had quite a heavy period with cramps and clots very worried. Failed implantation?

Have a light period which lasted 5 days then less than a week later I had quite a heavy period with cramps and clots very worried. Failed implantation?

Common problem: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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When is a heavy period a problem?

Heavy period: Periods that are bright red in character and exceed 3 pads in 30 minutes needs immediate MD attention as that is hemorrhage. (not a period). Long term heavy periods can also cause a low blood level (anemia). ...Read more

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What is considered a heavy period?

Menorrhagia: 1.hormone imbalance--estrogen/progesterone-imbalance:endometrium developes in excess--heavy period
2.Dysfunction of ovariesif ovary does not release an egg--Anovulation-your body will not make progesterone--results in hormone imbalance --heavy bleed
3.uterine fibroids 4.polyps--growths in the uterous 5.Adenomyosis: 6.IUD :devises 7.cancer 8:medications9.bleeding disorders 9. infection ...Read more

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Can exercise cause a heavy period?

Can exercise cause a heavy period?

NO!: Exercise, if anything, will make your period better, but in general, exercise and the severity of your period are not correlated. Get a bunch of elite female athletes together and you will see: even though they are all at the top of their sports, in amazing physical condition, exercising huge amounts most days, some will have horrid periods, and some will be light and easy. It's genetics mostly. ...Read more

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Can women have heavy period over 40?

Yes.: Can have heavy periods at any age, but particularly around menopause things can get unusual in terms of cycle length and flow. Any bleeding after menopause needs investigation. ...Read more

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What is considered a "heavy" period?

12 pads/day or more: Heavy periods are periods that soak a pad in less than an hour or last more than 7 days. If you are anemic from your periods they are too heavy. ...Read more

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What can you do about a heavy period?

What can you do about a heavy period?

See a GYN MD: The causes of heavy menstrual periods are multiple and a GYN MD can sort through with you the history and perform and examination to determine the best medical approach. ...Read more

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What does a one day heavy period mean?

Normal: Some women have long periods, some are shorter. ...Read more

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How can I address a very heavy period?

How can I address a very heavy period?

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. ...Read more

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What can I do to cope with a really heavy period?

Please see your gyn: So u do not have to cope with it, u need a workup with an exam, blood work and cultures and an ultrasound, and then there are many meds u can get on to make it not heavy or to not have it at all, and after I did a proper workup I would offer u in office endometrial ablation which is a great procedure to stop or markedly lighten your period, takes 8 minutes, covered by insurance, miss 1/2 day work. ...Read more

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What causes a heavy period when its normally lite?

Full calorie period: Your period has a lining called the endometrium that normally produces" lite" to moderate venous bleeding x 3 to 5 days. A "full calorie" period entails a thickened endometrium or worse bleeding from a abnormal growth in the uterus which is like the "bladder buster full calorie" soda at the convenience store, it is more than can be handled in one sitting. See a GYN MD soon. ...Read more

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How often should I change my pad with a heavy period?

When it is soaked: But you should have an evaluation of the heavy period by your gyn for proper diagnosis and treatment so you won't have to deal with heavy bleeding and make sure nothing strange is going on, like an endometrial polyp, fibriod, pre- cancer, cancer, etc. You should go for an exam, blood work and ultrasound and you may need a short 4 minute in offcie hysteroscopy and biopsy to make sure u are ok. ...Read more

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I have had a heavy period for 9 days now, why is that?

No one could answer: Without much more information. You should get a formal (paid) consult or see a physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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Heavy period after skipping one first time ever. I'm 45?

Heavy period after skipping one first time ever. I'm 45?

That's common: As you get older it is more possible to skip or be late for a period. Then when the period occurs it is usually heavier and may have more cramps than usuall. This is because more lining of the uterus has grown that then needs to shed. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have quite a heavy period for two weeks?

Is it normal to have quite a heavy period for two weeks?

Lots of options: You will need to see your obgyn for an exam and testing. Depending on your age and fertility plans there are lots of treatment options. Birth control pills can regulate your cycle. Mirena (levonorgestrel) iuds can minimize your periods. Lysteda is a great new hormone free drug used to stop heavy periods. If you are done with pregnancies ask if you are a candidate for an endometrial ablation. ...Read more

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I've only had 1 day of heavy period, what could be wrong?

Shorter/ Lighter: The main reason for light periods is change in hormone levels. Causes for what seems to be a light period can include: thyroid problems, eating disorders, excessive exercise, initial periods for a girl, use of an intrauterine device, oral contraceptives, perimenopause ; implantation bleeding in early pregnancy which rarely occurs. ...Read more

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I have had a heavy period for 4 weeks now. What can it be?

I have had a heavy period for 4 weeks now. What can it be?

Many possibilities: Heavy bleeding for 4 straight weeks has wide range of possibilities depending on whether pregnant vs not pregnant, ovulatory vs anovulatory. It may include miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, anovulatory bleeding, hormonal abnormalities (thyroid, prolactin), polycystic ovarian syndrome, uterine fibroids, endometrial polyps, cancer, infection, bleeding disorder, etc. Best to seek gyn consultation. ...Read more

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Could it be healthy to have a really heavy period on your 2nd day?

Heavier menses: At 44, not using oral contraceptives, the ovary requires more stimulation from the pituitary to ovulate, which increases the estrogen produced, so the menstrual period can be much heavier since the uterine lining is also thicker. At this point, you might ask your gyn about low dose BCP's. PMS, bleeding, and uncertainty may be reduced considerably. ...Read more

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Why do I have very heavy period that last sometime for a whole month?

Why do I have very heavy period that last sometime for a whole month?

Many options: There are multiple options. Hormonal treatments such as birth control pills, Progesterone treatments and the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud are effective reversible treatments that will help many people. There is also a drug called Lysteda that contains no hormones which will help others. If you are done having children discuss the option of an endometrial ablation. In some cases a hysterectomy will be needed. ...Read more

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Can you have a heavy period one month and then a really light one the next?

Yes, commonly: Menstrual periods can vary in terms of amount o fbleeding, more commonly in early years. The difference is brought about by hormonal inequilibrium, some illness etc. It should stabilize in a few months. If not, pl get examined by your primary doctor or an Ob/Gynae for ruling out any medical condition. Feel better:) ...Read more

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Heavy period at the age of 30 and I have 3 children. How should I control it?

Heavy period at the age of 30 and I have 3 children. How should I control it?

Lots of options: You will need to see your obgyn for an exam and testing. Depending on your age and fertility plans there are lots of treatment options. Birth control pills can regulate your cycle. Mirena (levonorgestrel) iuds can minimize your periods. Lysteda is a great new hormone free drug used to stop heavy periods. If you are done with pregnancies ask if you are a candidate for an endometrial ablation. ...Read more

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Is it normal to go from a medium/heavy period one month, to light the next???

Past history: Use your past menstrual history over the lat few years to determine if this is normal for you. Compare the current few months of cycles to the past few years. If things appear abnormal for you then consider seeing an Obgyn to discuss options for cycle regulation ...Read more