What causes heavy periods in adolescents? Learn to recognize the signs. And the bleeding is sort of … heavy. Is this something to worry about? Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission.
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A period is a release of blood from a girl's uterus , out through her vagina. It is a sign that she is getting close to the end of puberty. There is a lot to learn about periods.
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A year-old girl's powerful post about being period-shamed is resonating with women across the world who say they refuse to feel ashamed or embarrassed about a natural part of being female. Anushka Dasgupta, who lives in Kolkata, India, told the story on social media of her trip home one recent night, when she noticed that men and women were staring at her. She didn't understand until a woman approached and, in a whisper, offered her a sanitary napkin: "I had stained my pants," she wrote. Dasgupta realized then she had a "massive red stain across my butt and a rather artistic red dot under the zipper of my pants. She admits that many of the people she encountered that day probably had no idea why their reaction might be offensive. Thousands of people have liked the Facebook post, and many women, in India and beyond, are thanking Dasgupta for her courage to speak up.
Adolescents with heavy menstrual periods may find it impossible to get through the school day without getting blood on their clothes, or wake at night to find blood on the sheets. Beyond the inconveniences, those with heavy or prolonged menstrual periods can lose a lot of blood, month by month. Julie Jaffray, a pediatric hematologist at the same institution, reviewed the issue of heavy menstrual bleeding in adolescents. Borzutzky said. And although some teenagers may find this a difficult topic to address head-on with parents, parents will often be aware, Dr. Jaffray said, not only that their daughters may be missing school, but that they are having to wash bedsheets, or that they are going through sanitary products much faster than expected. In the first year or two after menarche, the most common reason for heavy or prolonged periods is what is called anovulatory bleeding, reflecting a cycle in which no ovulation has actually occurred, but hormones cause continued bleeding. Over time, cycles should become more regularly ovulatory, and the bleeding should decrease, but in the meantime, the heavy periods can be treated, Dr. Borzutzy said.