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Menstrual Bleeding and TeensHeavy menstrual bleeding is no fun for any woman and it’s especially difficult for a teenager. The hormone systems are still maturing for them and this can cause irregular periods and heavier bleeding that interferes with normal activities, but it’s important to know what’s typical and when there may be a bigger problem.

A menstrual period usually occurs every 28 days and lasts about a week, with the most bleeding in the first few days. Heavy menstrual bleeding, also known as menorrhagia, is when bleeding continues for seven days or more and is heavy enough to cause you to change a sanitary pad or tampon every few hours.

A teen’s body may not ovulate during the menstrual cycle, and this creates a hormone imbalance that can cause heavy menstrual bleeding. Obesity and thyroid issues can also cause hormonal problems that lead to heavy bleeding. But when is this kind of bleeding more than a menstrual issue?

For people with bleeding disorders, the blood doesn’t clot as it should and the signs aren’t always obvious. Some girls don’t realize they have a problem until they start menstruating and experience heavy bleeding. Easy or unexplained bruising and nosebleeds can also be signs of a bleeding disorder.

A doctor who specializes in gynecology like an OB/GYN can evaluate the situation and recommend next steps. It’s important to provide them with an accurate description of your teen’s menstrual cycle including the duration or heaviness of bleeding. If you live in the Brownstone or Southgate, Michigan area, you can schedule an appointment now to see one of our providers at Northline Women’s Health Center

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax