Girl Talk: Heavy Monthly Bleeding

by Kelsey Norwood

in Mom Central Tour,Sponsored,Women's Healthy

healthywomen-logoAccording to a recent study conducted by Mom Central Consulting and HealthyWomen, 30% of women over the age of 17 have heavy or very heavy periods.

Of these women, about a quarter feel that there is no solution or assume their flow is normal. is a great resource for all women’s health issues, but heavy monthly bleeding in particular. Here are a few articles and points from the articles that I found interesting on the subject:

I’ve had sporadic heavy bleeding throughout my life and getting an IUD (Mirena) after my last baby seemed to help regulate and gradually decrease my flow over time. I only had it for a year and some women have other side effects if they use an IUD long term, but it worked for me.

If you struggle with heavy monthly bleeding or other women’s health issues, check out, particularly the articles included above. Talk to someone about your concerns and doing your own research will empower you to find a solution.

I’d love to hear your thoughts/experiences with this issue – creating an open dialogue about awkward issues like this one makes everyone feel better!

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Ferring Pharmaceuticals and received a promotional item to facilitate my review.”


1 sondray July 25, 2011 at 11:41 am

I had this problem, finally was tested and had a fibroid. I had no problems with it, so opted for no surgery. I thought with time it would shrink and ease up the flow, it hasn’t. It’s been 2 years since my diagnosis. Seriously thinking about the surgery now. Anyone have this problem?

2 Michelle July 25, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Thanks, Kelsey, something to talk to my doctor about. I’ve been off and on several different prescriptions since my last baby was born, to try and regulate things and minimize some of the severe PMS symptoms I was having. Have been using one for constantly for eight months and aside from some killer headaches once in a while, things have been much better.

3 Vicki July 26, 2011 at 12:07 am

I had severely heavy bleeding after my youngest son was born. I would soak through 4 tampons in less than an hour, and couldn’t leave the house for 2 days a month due to it. I had fibroids, and finally had a hysterectomy. I think it takes a while to get over the “what have I done” feeling, maybe 6 months or a year, but once I got past that, I have been very happy I did it.

4 Kelsey July 26, 2011 at 5:58 pm

I’m glad things are going better for you all. I hope these resources help!

5 Jessica B. July 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I was diagnosed with menorrhagia when I was in my early teens. I waited a long time before I told my mom because I was so embarrassed and too scared to go to the doctor. It was so bad, my hematocrit was 24. (Normal is 37-43) I was put on birth control pills which helped a lot, but was cautioned by my parents not to tell anyone I was on them as they didn’t want others to get the “wrong idea” about me. Fast forward almost 20 years and I find I am still dealing with menorrhagia again after weaning my 2nd child. Since I am trying to get pregnant again, I am now trying the herbal supplement route and take Dong Quai and Vitex. It’s too early to tell if they will work, but I am hopeful. I wish I would have known there were others in my situation as a young teen. It was hard going through that by myself. I’m glad there is more dialogue about this condition now and hope others may benefit through more open discussions.

6 The Knapps August 14, 2011 at 5:49 am

I had heavy bleeding before going on birth control and it really lightened up when I had Mirena (IUD) put in. I’m pregnant with my first now and am worried that it will become very heavy again since I won’t be on any form of birth control due to breastfeeding. I’m glad to know there are resources available should I have heavy bleeding again.

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