If your flow is unusually heavy, your doctor may order a Pap smear, blood test, ultrasound or biopsy. Depending on your situation, treatments for heavy bleeding and clotting range from an iron supplements, hormone therapy, intrauterine contraception, birth control pills or a possible surgical procedure.
Some women, like many of my marathon friends, do not have a period or experience very light periods. Some see this as a blessing, but my friends that are trying to have kids are worried about getting pregnant.
One of my friends was prescribed birth control pills which regulated her period. Another scaled back on her exercise routine on her doctor's advice. She was rewarded with normal periods, and after three months achieved her desire to become pregnant.
It is very important that if you are experiencing an abnormal period to contact your doctor immediately.
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"Heavy Menstrual Bleeding." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12 Dec. 2011. Web. 13 June 2013.
Reviewed June 14, 2013
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith