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What is an Abnormal Period?

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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

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Okay I have these irregular periods (never really know when), heavy bleeding at times and cramps so painful I cry and can't stop until my pain goes away, I can't even get up. Your saying that all of this might mean that there's something wrong with me???

November 6, 2013 - 11:49pm
(reply to sweetazgrey)

Hi Sweetazgrey,
I am so sorry that you are going through such pain. Irregular periods are quite common in women of all ages, but if they are persistent and causing you the pain you are describing, I would schedule an appointment with your doctor to confirm that nothing is wrong. It may be normal, but it never hurts to get confirmation just to be certain.

There is another great article on EmpowHER that may be helpful to read through... What's Your Cycle Telling You: https://www.empowher.com/providers/article/what-s-your-cycle-telling-you.

Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help, sweetazgrey.


November 18, 2013 - 9:35am
(reply to Shana O'Connor)

Thank you Shana sooo much :)

November 18, 2013 - 8:31pm
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