Heavy Bleeding Between Periods: Causes of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Question: I was on the injection for 3 months and did not have my period for about 6 months. I recently started my period but it is going on the 4th week already, it is heavy. Is this normal?

Causes of Heavy Bleeding Between Menstrual Periods

  • It is important to understand what kind of injection or treatment regimen were you on? What is your age? How was your menstrual cycle prior to the treatment?
  • It is also essential that you understand that the normal cycle ranges between 23 to 35 days.
  • In some females menstruation can occur at an interval of every 23 days whilst in others it may take longer and occur at every 35th day. What is important is that as long as the cycles are regular, there is little to worry about.
  • As far as heavy menstruation is concerned, it is possible that you may observe some minor modifications in your cycle. This is primarily due to amenorrhea which in your case lasted for a period of six months.
  • This may have resulted in hormonal imbalance to some extent, which might take some time to normalize.
  • If your bleeding remains profuse for more than three subsequent cycles, it is important that you consult your gynecologist for the same.
    Alternative you could try avoiding spicy foods including garlic, peppers and gingers along with sesame and papaya, which are known to produce excessive heat in the body and promote heavy menstruation.

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2 thoughts on “Heavy Bleeding Between Periods: Causes of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

  • April 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I have heavy menstruation every month with clots. What should I do to treat this problem?

    • April 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Excess of estrogen hormone in many cases is responsible for heavy menstrual flow with clots. You can follow certain steps in such case:
      • Maintain healthy weight if you are obese.
      • Exercise regularly. It helps to lose weight and maintains the weight at the same time. Exercise also improves blood circulation.
      • Eat diet rich in fiber: it helps in reducing weight. Besides, it also helps to balance the estrogen level as it binds to the waste estrogen in the digestive tract and removes it from the body before it getting absorbed.
      • Drink enough water. It keeps the liver and kidney in good function. When working in good condition, they both help in expelling the waste from the body.
      • Consult your doctor to check whether you are suffering from thyroid disorder.
      • Your doctor may also prescribe birth control pills. They are known to stop heavy flow when taken for two to three cycles.
      • Also eat food which is rich source of iron as anemia is commonly associated with heavy flow. Iron supplements may be necessary, for this you should consult your doctor.
      • Herbal tea prepared from seeds of cinnamon and coriander is known to decrease menstrual blood flow.


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