Even if you’ve had irregular or heavy periods — or both — for as long as you can remember, it doesn’t mean you have to live that way another day. With his expertise in diagnosing and treating menstrual disorders, board-certified OB/GYN Tanay Patel, MD, FACOG, of Borger Obstetrics and Gynecology can help. Dr. Patel and his friendly Borger, Texas, team offer comprehensive care if you have abnormal periods. Book your evaluation with the online scheduler or call the office today. Dr. Patel is currently accepting new patients in Amarillo, Pampa, Dumas, Candian, and Panhandle!
If you don’t know if your menstrual period has changed, it might be easy to tell if your period starts becoming irregular or heavier than normal. But if you’ve always had menstrual abnormalities, it can be tough to figure out when you should be concerned.
Normally, your period should come every 28 days and last for anywhere from 4-7 days, although each woman is different. Periods are considered irregular if the time between each starts to change, or if the number of days your period lasts seems to vary.
As far as heavy periods, all women generally have a heavy flow day, especially in the beginning of their period. Chronic heavy menstrual periods, medically known as menorrhagia, is defined as soaking through at least one tampon or pad hourly, for several hours in a row. Some women even need to use double protection, such as combining a heavy-flow tampon with a thick pad.
You may have periods that are irregular or heavy, or in some cases, both. Some of the most common causes of menstrual period abnormalities include:
Your monthly cycles are sensitive to changes in your environment, too. If you’re going through a time of stress, like with a move or job change, your period can come late — or not at all. Because irregular and heavy periods can potentially be a warning sign of serious issues, it’s always best to schedule an exam at Borger Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Patel and his caring team get to know about your family and personal medical history, as well as any symptoms you may be experiencing. You might need blood work or an ultrasound to help diagnose why your periods are irregular or heavy.
If your hormones are imbalanced, you might just need birth control pills or another type of medication to resolve your condition. If you have abnormal growths, including endometriosis or uterine fibroids, Dr. Patel could recommend a minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove the growths.
In any case, the team offer comprehensive care and find a solution that fits both your needs and lifestyle, so you don’t have to struggle with irregular or heavy periods any longer.
For help with your irregular or heavy periods, schedule an exam online or call the Borger Obstetrics and Gynecology office today to speak with a team member.