Abnormal Period
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Ravi P. Chokshi, MD

Ravi P. Chokshi, MD (Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN), Critical Care)

Current Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow with Dual board certification in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Critical Care Medicine. | 5+ years experience managing a general Ob/Gyn practice and working in the Intensive Care Unit. | Previously Physician Lead of a large single specialty practice with 8 Physicians and 10+ Advanced practitioners. | Member of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine Patient education committee. | Frequent Medscape Consult contributor.

Seiji Kanazawa, MD, PHD

Seiji Kanazawa, MD, PHD (Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN))

Dr. Kanazawa graduated from the Niigata University Faculty of Medicine and received his Ph.D. from the Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine. He is working on the front line of the General Perinatal Center, including the Tokyo Tama General Medical Center and the National Center for Research in Fertility Medicine, where he provides maternal and fetal care and undertakes clinical research. At Ubie, Dr. Kanazawa has been designing the Ubie AI Symptom Checker and has taken on the role of general obstetrics and gynecology consultation at FMC Tokyo Clinic by providing fetal ultrasound and prenatal consultation.

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  • Heavier period than normal

  • Decreased bleeding during periods

  • Period lasting longer than usual

  • Unexpected period

  • Heavy bleeding during periods

  • Decreased menstrual bleeding

  • I have only a 2 day period

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About the Symptom

Abnormal period describes menstrual bleeding that is abnormally heavy or irregular and unpredictable in timing. The normal length of the menstrual cycle is typically between 21 and 35 days. A normal menstrual period generally lasts up to 7 days. If the bleeding is excessively heavy (soaking through a pad or tampon) every hour, that is also considered abnormal.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Fine tremor of the fingers

  • Low back pain

  • Palpitation

  • Recent weight loss

  • Intermenstrual bleeding

  • Fever

  • Edema

  • Abdominal pain

Possible Causes

Generally, Abnormal period can be related to:

  • Drug-Induced Menorrhagia

    Abnormally heavy menstrual periods caused by blood-thinning medications, such as Aspirin and Warfarin.

  • Asherman Syndrome

    This is a rare condition that can occur after uterine procedures and is diagnosed by findings bands of scar tissue (adhesions) in the uterine lining. While a dilation and curettage procedure is the most common reason patients can develop Asherman Syndrome, most patients can safely undergo such procedures without any complications. It can also occur from some genital infections such as Tuberculosis, and other less common conditions.

  • Adenomyosis

    Adenomyosis is a condition of the uterus (womb) that can occur in women. It occurs when cells of the uterine lining (endometrium) migrate or grow into the muscle layer (myometrium). This can cause the uterus to enlarge, and make menstruation more painful and heavier than normal. While it is not dangerous on its own, it can be very uncomfortable for patients and can affect their enjoyment of life. The heavy bleeding can also make patients anemic and affect their medical health. The exact cause is not known but uterine adenomyosis is more common in women who are in their 30's and 40's and have had children.

  • Uterine Hypoplasia
  • Luteal Insufficiency
  • Miscarriage
  • Cesarean Scar Syndrome
  • von Willebrand Disease (vWD)
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Peri-/Post-Menopausal Symptoms

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Have your periods become longer or heavier than usual?

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Reviewed By:

Ravi P. Chokshi, MD

Ravi P. Chokshi, MD (Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN), Critical Care)

Current Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow with Dual board certification in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Critical Care Medicine. | 5+ years experience managing a general Ob/Gyn practice and working in the Intensive Care Unit. | Previously Physician Lead of a large single specialty practice with 8 Physicians and 10+ Advanced practitioners. | Member of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine Patient education committee. | Frequent Medscape Consult contributor.

Seiji Kanazawa, MD, PHD

Seiji Kanazawa, MD, PHD (Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN))

Dr. Kanazawa graduated from the Niigata University Faculty of Medicine and received his Ph.D. from the Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine. He is working on the front line of the General Perinatal Center, including the Tokyo Tama General Medical Center and the National Center for Research in Fertility Medicine, where he provides maternal and fetal care and undertakes clinical research. At Ubie, Dr. Kanazawa has been designing the Ubie AI Symptom Checker and has taken on the role of general obstetrics and gynecology consultation at FMC Tokyo Clinic by providing fetal ultrasound and prenatal consultation.

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