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Heavy Menstrual Periods

You should take a pregnancy test today.

Bleeding that occurs during the first few months of pregnancy can be an emergency, although bleeding can also occur in a pregnancy that will continue in perfect health.

One very concerning cause of bleeding in pregnancy is an ectopic pregnancy (also known as a tubal pregnancy) which is a pregnancy in the fallopian tube instead of the uterus. Bleeding can also be a sign you may be having a miscarriage.

If your pregnancy test is positive, contact your doctor immediately.

If you have a negative pregnancy test and want to learn about another possible cause of heavy periods, continue with this guide.

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