Women's Health Texas – San Antonio

Heavy Periods, Abnormal Cycles and Spotting

Don’t assume that heavy periods, abnormal cycles or spotting are just a part of life. Our San Antonio OBGYNs can provide relief

Heavy periods, abnormal cycles and spotting are three of the most common complaints we see at Women’s Health Texas. As a result, the physicians at our San Antonio OBGYN practice have experience treating the many causes of these problems.

No patient should have to suffer from heavy periods

If you have to change your pad or tampon every hour for several consecutive hours, then you have heavy periods, or menorrhagia. You may also have heavy periods if you have to wake up at night to change your tampon or pad, or if you have periods that last longer than seven days.

Before our San Antonio OBGYN practice can start treating your heavy periods, our physicians must first diagnose the cause of the problem. Here are a few potential causes.

One common cause is a hormonal imbalance. Our physicians see hormonal imbalances in teen girls during the first few years of their period as well as in women who are approaching menopause. Hormonal imbalances are also common in women who have conditions impacting ovarian function, such as polycystic ovary syndrome, PCOS.

Fibroids can also be responsible for heavy periods. Women of childbearing age sometimes find that their heavy flow is caused by these noncancerous uterine tumors.

Some middle-aged women who have given birth suffer from heavy periods caused by adenomyosis. This occurs when the uterine lining grows into the uterine wall.

After determining the cause of your heavy periods, our San Antonio OBGYN practice will select the best treatment for you. Our physicians may recommend NSAIDs to reduce bleeding and discomfort. They may also prescribe hormone therapy or an intrauterine device to correct hormonal imbalances. In more extreme cases, we may recommend minimally invasive surgery to deal with a heavy period.

Many women have unpredictable periods caused by abnormal cycles or spotting

Most women have between 11 and 13 periods each year. However, some women have irregular or missed periods, or even spotting in the middle of the month. Our physicians often see abnormal cycles in women who have just started their periods and women who are about to enter menopause. Women who do not fit into either of these categories may still have abnormal cycles or spotting for the following reasons.

  • Hormone problems, such as PCOS or thyroid problems, can cause irregular ovulation and abnormal cycles.
  • Oral birth control can cause abnormal bleeding when a woman first starts taking the medication, or if she forgets to take it.
  • Being overweight or underweight can cause a woman to have abnormal cycles.
  • Emotional stress or illness can also be responsible for abnormal cycles.
  • Ovulation can result in spotting or bleeding in the middle of a cycle.
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause women to skip multiple periods.
  • Cervical or endometrial polyps can cause bleeding between periods or after sex

Many women will miss a period occasionally, so just try to relax if you miss your period one month. Your period will likely return as normal next month. However, if you continue to experience abnormal cycles or spotting, you may want to visit our San Antonio OBGYN practice so we can diagnose and treat what’s causing it.

Whether you’re experiencing heavy periods, abnormal cycles or spotting, our practice can help make your period be less of a pain. Please contact us today.