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Friday, September 12, 2008

What Period Problems Really Mean

This post would be purely women talks, but it's not purely limited to the males as well :). Husbands have the right to know too, don't you think?
Irregular Periods - (Going longer than 35 days between periods)
One Common Cause: Hyperthyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid overproduces hormones that can block ovulation. Many cases of thyroid disease go undiagnosed.
A less Common Cause: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal imbalance that can interfere with ovulation and hurt fertility; 5-10% of women have it.
What To Do: Ask your doctor about a blood test to check hormone levels. And if you're overweight, losing extra pounds can lessen the severity of PCOS.
Spotting Between Periods:
One Common Cause: Hormonal contraceptives can cause what's called breakthrough bleeding. Switching to a new brand or method of birth control can help.
A less Common Cause: Polyps on your cervix or an STD such as chlamydia could be to blame, especially if you bleed after sex. Left untreated, STD's can cause infertility.
What to Do: Get to your ob-gyne for a pelvic exam and STD screen. If you do have cervical polyps, they can be removed right in your doctor's office.
Super Heavy Periods:
One Common Cause: Fibroids - benign uterine growths that cause pain and bleeding in about 25% of women. Drugs, surgery or other procedures may be necessary.
A less Common Cause: Endometriosis, a condition in which the lining of the uterus grows outside the organ-it also causes severe cramps and back or pelvic pain.
What To Do: Ask your ob-gyn for an exam and ultrasound to find out whether this flow is normal for you or something's wrong.