Maybe it’s because I started getting treated for Endometriosis when I was only 13 years old…maybe it’s because of that time I pulled out a cassette tape from my purse and a maxi pad flew out with it through the room in the middle of wood shop. I was the only girl in the class. Yes, I said cassette…I am that old. The little paper on the back pulled off just enough so that the adhesive stuck to the cassette. It was before the fancy packaging came about to prevent such things from happening. Whatever the reason, I’ve never been shy about it.
Heavy bleeding and horrible painful periods come along with having Endometriosis. I know what it’s like and I know it sucks. But you have to talk about it. There are some serious conditions that you need to be checked for. These are symptoms that you must talk to your doctor about.
Thankfully, back to back pregnancies, Tandem and extended nursing as well as switching to cloth pads** has significantly changed this for me. My periods are so much shorter and lighter these days and my cramping is not as horrible as it used to be.
When I had Spike removed last year, the doctor actually commented on how well my uterus was looking considering I have had Endometriosis since I was very young. She said my scar tissue was very minimal. She was super surprised! My uterus is purdy!
Heavy monthly bleeding is also known as menorrhagia. Since a lot of women feel uncomfortable talking about their menstrual cycles, they may not know what’s normal and what’s not normal. This is your health I’m talking about! There are things that could be helping you. Simple lifestyle changes may be all you need, but you won’t know if you don’t talk about it!
Mom Central recently surveyed a group of more than 500 Moms with common heavy monthly bleeding symptoms and discovered that:
- Heavy monthly bleeding symptoms impact daily routines. The vast majority (92%) agreed that the condition frustrates them, and more than two-thirds (68%) feel that their periods control them.
- Women don’t always know where to turn for help with heavy monthly bleeding symptoms. More than 75% of women don’t know help is available for their heavy periods. Less than half have spoken to their OB/GYN about their symptoms.
- Information and persistence may empower women to seek the right help. Of those who were satisfied with their treatment, 38% went to two or more visits with a health care professional before they found an option they liked.
There are many things that can cause heavy menstrual bleeding. Some could be serious and others not so serious. Some of the causes are:
- abnormal clotting
- uterine fibroids (however fibroids often cause no symptoms)
- conditions in which pieces of the lining of the uterus grow outside the uterus or into the muscle of the uterus (adenomyosis)
- hormonal imbalance
- certain birth control methods, such as an intrauterine device (IUD) or birth control pills
- uterine, cervical or vaginal cancers
- chronic liver, kidney or thyroid conditions
- some medications, such as anti-inflammatory medications, anticoagulants and some hormones
If you are experiencing heavy periods, then please make an appointment to meet with your doctor. Read these tips for preparing yourself to discuss the topic of heavy menstrual bleeding with your doctor before hand so that you can make the most of your appointment. Be sure to check out HealthyWomen.org! It is the nation’s leading independent health information source for women.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Ferring Pharmaceuticals and received a promotional item to facilitate my review.
**(I bet you’re thinking “ewwww…grosssss, do you wash them or throw them away?” Well, when you start your period and you get blood on your underwear do you wash them or throw them away? I bet you wash them just like I do my cloth pads. What’s the difference? My answer to the difference is comfort and health, try it sometime! You’ll seriously be surprised)