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Heavy Menstrual Periods
In most cases, a single heavy period is caused by a temporary hormone imbalance. If the natural process of forming an egg and releasing it from the ovary ("ovulation") does not happen normally, a period may be delayed, unusually heavy, or unusually long. A cyst on the ovary can also change the bleeding pattern in a single cycle. The medical term for heavy bleeding from a temporary hormone imbalance is "dysfunctional uterine bleeding."
Sometimes treatment from your doctor is needed to help a very heavy period to stop. Contact your doctor if your bleeding continues to be heavy for longer than a week, or if you develop symptoms of dizziness or feeling faint.
Continue with this guide to learn about another possible cause of heavy periods.
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- Abdomen and Pelvis
- Acid Reflux Treatment
- Bleeding After Menopause
- Bleeding Between Menstrual Periods
- Blood in the Urine in Women
- Colon Cancer Screening
- Constipation in Adults
- Difficulty Passing Urine
- Frequent Urination in Women
- Heavy Menstrual Periods
- Intestinal Gas Guide
- Loss of Control of Urine in Women
- Lumps or Pain Within the Scrotum
- Missed or Irregular Menstrual Periods
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Never Started Menstrual Periods
- Painful Menstrual Cramps
- Rectal Bleeding
- Rectal Pain or Itching
- Recurring Abdominal Pain
- Understanding New and Severe Abdominal Pain
- Vaginal Discharge, Itching or Irritation
- Vaginal Dryness
- Vaginal Pain or Discomfort
- Vaginal Sores and Lumps
- When Menstrual Periods Stop
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