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If serious pain or heavy bleeding makes your menstruation miserable every month, the Bella Women’s Care team in Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona, has answers for you. The expert OB/GYN specialists diagnose and treat pain, heavy bleeding, and other period problems so you can get back to living your best life. Use the online scheduler or call to book an appointment at one of the offices now.
Most girls start menstruation at age 12-14, but it can vary considerably from one girl to another. Many girls have very light and/or sporadic periods in the beginning, and it can take up to six years to have a stable menstrual cycle.
Your menstrual cycle starts on the first day of your period and lasts until the first day of your next period. Most women have an average 28-day cycle, but your cycle can be as short as 21 days or as long as 35 days. For teens who recently started to menstruate, the cycle could be as long as 45 days.
You'll have periods until you start menopause unless your birth control or other things influence your cycles. Most women start menopause at around age 51. You'll have increasingly infrequent periods over the next several years. After you haven't had a period for a full 12 months consecutively, you're officially through menopause.
Many factors can affect your menstrual cycle, so don't worry if you have some fluctuations occasionally. However, there are some things that are abnormal and could indicate deeper issues. These include:
Very heavy bleeding, including clots, is another sign that your menstruation is abnormal. It can be hard to determine what heavy bleeding is for many women, so a good general rule of thumb to follow is: If you use more than one sanitary napkin or tampon every 1-2 hours, it's considered abnormal heavy bleeding.
Heavy bleeding and pain during your periods can be caused by a variety of conditions, including:
Heavy bleeding and pain can also be the result of a miscarriage.
If you have consistently heavy and painful periods, there are treatments that can help, including hormone replacement therapy and minimally invasive procedures. Click the online scheduler or call Bella Women's Care to make your appointment today.