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What Causes Heavy Periods? December 4, 2018

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What Causes Heavy Periods?, Lebanon, Ohio

If you’ve experienced heavy bleeding during your period or at any point during your monthly cycle, it’s important to pinpoint the exact cause so you can find a solution. Your OB-GYN can work with you to diagnose the issue and go over the treatment options, which can range from switching your birth control method to endometrial ablation. Here’s more information about this issue and some of the most common causes.

The Most Common Reasons for Heavy Uterine Bleeding

Hormone Imbalance

In many cases, heavy uterine bleeding is the result of a change in hormone levels, especially for pre-menopausal women. There are treatment options available, including an endometrial ablation procedure, like NovaSure®. Speak to your OB-GYN to go over the options and rule out any more serious issues before proceeding.


Abnormal bleeding is also fairly common early in pregnancy. It isn’t necessarily a sign that something is wrong during the first few months, but you should stay in regular contact with your health care provider to be sure.

Birth Control or IUD

ob-gynBirth control or IUDs can cause abnormal uterine bleeding in certain cases. So, if you’ve recently switched medications or had an IUD implanted, that could be the cause. Speak with your doctor to assess the situation and potentially switch birth control methods to rectify the problem since some pills or IUDs can actually help to treat heavy periods.

Other Health Concerns

If you’ve ruled out all of the above, abnormal uterine bleeding could be the result of a more serious health concern, like uterine cancer, a cervical infection, or a thyroid problem. These issues are rare, but you should speak with an OB-GYN to determine the cause and find a course of treatment.


If you’re experiencing heavy uterine bleeding, it’s important to speak with your OB-GYN to find a treatment or solution. Hilltop Obstetrics & Gynecology has offices in Middletown, Lebanon, and West Chester, OH to serve women of all ages. The women’s health clinic has been in business for nearly 30 years, and all physicians are the board certified. Most of the doctors are from the local communities and the entire team works tirelessly to make sure every patient receives personalized care. You can contact the team online or call (513) 424-1440 to schedule an appointment.

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