Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Heavy Menstrual Periods
After a woman begins using a hormone-based birth control method such as birth control pills, patches, injections or vaginal rings, periods generally become less heavy. If you have been using birth control pills for many months and you have noticed a continuously heavy or irregular bleeding pattern, a change in your prescription may help. If you only recently started using this form of birth control, you may need more time to adjust to the hormone medication in your birth control method.
Hormone methods of birth control are very reliable forms of birth control. However, if this is your first heavy bleeding episode, pregnancy needs to be considered as a possibility.
If this is your first heavy bleeding episode, take a pregnancy test today.
If you are pregnant, contact your doctor immediately for an urgent appointment.
- Abdomen and Pelvis
- See also
- 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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