As a mom, you already know more than just a thing or two about periods. But when your daughter’s period isn’t exactly like your own, it can be hard to decide between what’s normal and what to talk to a doctor about.
One of the more common question moms will have is whether or not heavy bleeding for younger girls should be a sign for concern. The truth is that women of all ages can experience heavy bleeding as a part of their cycle–even girls who have just started their periods.
Most cases of heavy bleeding are due to irregular ovulation, which means they’re not immediate cause for concern. Skipped periods for younger girls are normal, too. In fact, when girls start their periods, they typically won’t ovulate regularly for up to 18 months. It’s also not unusual for girls to alternate between heavy and absent periods or to bleed twice per month. Cramping is also unfortunately normal and is a main reason that girls visit the doctor. It’s also why so many young women miss school. But, even if it is normal, consistently heavy cycles can be a real bummer–especially for younger girls.
So, moms, speak up and talk to your daughter about her period. Constant heavy bleeding isn’t fun for anyone and may put her at risk for becoming anemic.
As a teen, when should you see your doctor about your period?
- If you’ve just started your cycle and are having periods that last more than eight days
- If you’re flooding a pad an hour (maybe even through your clothes)
- If you’re bleeding more than once per month
- If you’re feeling unusually tired and run down (often warnings signs of becoming anemic)
What can be done about heavy or irregular bleeding?
If you’ve only recently started having periods, your body is likely still adjusting to your cycle just like you are, and it may take awhile before regular ovulation begins. However, hormonal pills are often prescribed to help jump start this stabilization process and increase regularity in addition to decreasing risk of becoming anemic.
Heavy bleeding is something that can be easily treated with the help of your doctor. If you don’t already have one, let us help you find a doctor near you.
If you have questions about heavy of irregular bleeding, call 317-338-4HER to talk to a registered nurse, or complete and submit this form to get free, personal advice online.