Known as menorrhagia, heavy menstrual bleeding in women can be caused by many things. So what causes heavy flow and what can be done about it?
Causes of Heavy Flow
Every woman has different genes, hormone balances and diets, so the exact cause of heavy flow is sometimes hard to determine. Some of the reasons why a woman may experience a heavy flow can include the following:
Though it may seem unlikely, uterine fibroids can cause unusual bleeding patterns including bleeding off cycle or heavy bleeding during your period. Uterine fibroids are a very common issue for women.
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Sometimes intrauterine devices can cause increase bleeding. Ask your doctor if your IUD is disrupting your regular menstrual flow. It may need to be removed and a new birth control option used.
If you have hormonal imbalances from medication, genetics or eating habits, you might suffer from heavy flow. To correct this, your doctor may prescribe birth control pills to help balance your hormone levels. You may also need to adjust your way of living if something is interfering with healthy hormonal balance.
Other Uncommon Causes of Heavy Flow
Other causes of heavy menstrual bleeding can include:
- Liver or kidney disease
- Cervical cancer
- Adenomyosis (uterine lining embeds itself in muscular wall of uterus)
Getting Help with Heavy Flow in Reston,VA
The physicians at Virginia Women’s Health help women who suffer from heavy periods. We offer the Novasure procedure for women with heavy flow (menorrhagia). Novasure is a minimally invasive procedure that helps women who experience heavy menstrual bleeding. Contact our office to request a consult today!