There are so many different ways we can view ourselves, and those ways may change day-to-day or minute-to-minute. We can become more confident without gaining or losing weight, just by changing how we view ourselves. We may be self conscious about a normal function like a period, or we can find the positives in having one. Think about it: your period ties you to time in a different way than men. It also helps you know that you’re not pregnant, which can be a blessing, too.
Though we can find positive things about our periods, heavy or abnormal periods cause concerns and other issues. If you feel that your flow isn’t normal, then keep reading.
What is abnormal?
What is normal for one woman may be extremely abnormal for another. This is why it’s a good idea to keep track of your flow. How much time is normally between two periods? How long do they usually last?
Heavy menstrual bleeding may mean more than just more frequent trips to the restroom during your time of the month. You could experience an iron deficiency, or even require blood transfusions if your flow is dangerously heavy.
Sometimes, if you have an abnormal period, we will suggest certain tests to help rule out underlying issues. You could have fibroids, infection, endometriosis, or uterine cancer, which can all lead to heavy or abnormal bleeding. Don’t start worrying yet. Hormone imbalances could also be the cause of your heavy menstrual bleeding.
Questions to Ask Your Physician
Asking the right questions can help you feel more in control of what’s going on. Make sure to get all the facts before you jump into a treatment. The following questions may help you collect all the pertinent information.
- Why are you recommending this particular treatment option for my heavy bleeding? If that doesn’t work, what would be the next recommended option?
- What are the disadvantages and/or risks associated with each recommended treatment?
- If you find a serious concern like fibroids or endometriosis causing my abnormal uterine bleeding, is it possible to avoid a hysterectomy?
If you want to learn more, or are looking to schedule a consultation, then give us a call at (281) 364-9898.