5 Causes of Heavy Periods
Menstrual periods differ for each woman. If some experience only light to medium flow of blood, some others experience a heavy flow of blood. So, how do you know if you are having heavy periods? If your napkin is fully soaked and you want to change it every couple of hours, you have a heavy period otherwise known as menorrhagia. Heavy menstrual bleeding can
cause much discomfort to women and it might even be the cause of an underlying disease. So, it is better to consult a doctor in case your monthly flow is heavy or if it lasts for more than a week. Check out 5 causes of heavy periods.
1. Hormonal imbalance
The lining of the uterus (endometrium) is regulated by the balance between the hormones estrogen and progesterone and this is shed during the normal menstrual cycle. When an imbalance in hormone occurs, the endometrium build-up increases and sheds as heavy menstrual bleeding. This can be one cause for heavy periods.
Another reason for heavy periods is polyps which are small, harmless growths on the uterus lining. This can cause heavy blood flow during menstrual cycle. Generally, young women have fluctuating hormone levels. In case the hormone level is high, heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding follows.
3. Intrauterine device (IUD)
A non-hormonal Intrauterine device (IUD) used for birth control is yet another common cause of menorrhagia. The copper IUD generally increases menstrual bleeding in some women. In that case, it is better to get it removed.