Periods are a fact of life for millions of women and girls, and for most of them, it’s not a big deal. But for thousands, their periods bring suffering in the form of unusually heavy or painful periods. Sometimes they can be so heavy they cause anemia, or the pain is incapacitating. Fortunately, there are treatments. Let’s take a look at the causes first.
The most common cause is hormonal. Hormones do everything from triggering ovulation to regulating cycles. Too much hormones can lead to the uterine lining building up too much, resulting in heavier than normal bleeding. Hormones are also responsible for uterine contractions, necessary to expel the lining each month, and if levels are too high, severe cramping results.
Another common cause is fibroids. These are benign tumors that form in the uterus. No one knows why. In many cases they remain small and cause no symptoms, but … Read More