Talking about menstruation with Dr. Mallory Thompson
Menstruation is a normal part of women’s lives, but there is so much variation in periods that it can be confusing. Dr. Mallory Thompson says, “Typically, a woman’s menstrual cycle repeats every 25 to 35 days. A normal period lasts between three to seven days with minimal cramping and a light to moderate flow. Cycle length and flow can vary a little from month to month, but it should be relatively consistent.”
Dr. Thompson explains why women have irregular periods
There are many reasons for irregular menstruation. One of the most common, excluding pregnancy, is a lack of regular ovulation. According to Dr. Thompson, “Irregular ovulation can happen due to age, puberty, menopause, hormonal imbalances like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and thyroid issues. Some issues with the uterus and cervix can cause heavy bleeding or bleeding between periods. This includes uterine fibroids and polyps.”
Patients should contact this San Antonio OBGYN any time they have a menstruation question or the following issues.
- Painful menstrual periods that cause you to miss work, school or other social events.
- Lack of periods.
- Skipping months between periods.
- Heavy periods requiring you to change your pad or tampon every hour or two.
- Bleeding between periods or after sex.
- Periods that last more than eight days.
- Premenstrual mood symptoms or severe PMS issues.
- Any abrupt change to your menstrual cycle.
- Bleeding after menopause.
Dr. Mallory Thompson helps patients with heavy periods, PMS and menstrual issues
Patients shouldn’t have to suffer due to issues like heavy periods. Dr. Thompson encourages women to talk to her about any heavy bleeding, including “periods that are so heavy that they cause dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath and bleeding with large clots or bleeding that soaks through a pad in one hour.”
There is also treatment available for premenstrual syndrome symptoms like mood issues, bloating, cramping, diarrhea or constipation. Dr. Thompson says, “Many patients have relief with birth control either to suppress periods completely or to lessen symptoms if a regular period is desired.” No woman needs to suffer from untreated problems due to menstruation.