fertility. In fact, 1 in 8 women with a history of PID reported difficulty getting pregnant, the CDC says.
You’ve recently changed birth control.
If you’ve recently swapped out your old birth control for a newer method, you may notice a considerable change in your flow – likely for the heavier. This is normal, as you will need some time to adjust to new hormone levels. Meanwhile, contraceptive implants like Implanon — used by women to prevent pregnancy for up to 3 years — are often associated with considerably heavier flows both during and after your monthly visitor. Other than changes in menstrual bleeding patterns, other frequent side effects include: mood swings, sudden weight gain, headache, unsightly acne, or depression.
The good news? Experts say symptoms (specifically a heavy flow) generally settle within the first few months of insertion, generally after three or four cycles. In the meantime, you can manage heavy bleeding with ibuprofen and iron supplements to prevent anemia.
On the other hand, users who have opted for the birth control patch have experienced significantly lighter periods.
When to See Your Doctor
Many women have come to accept heavy bleeding as a normal part of their cycle. This helps explain why over half of women with menorrhagia don’t know they have it, or know that heavy periods are treatable. If left untreated, heavy periods can cause other health concerns like anemia, a red blood cell condition that makes it difficult for your organs to get the oxygen they need.
If your period affects your daily life by causing you to miss work or school, cancel social activities or plan your day around bathroom breaks, you might want to see your doctor to be sure nothing is wrong.