Why is My Bleeding So Heavy?

Close up calendar marking on menstruation period day and woman have stomach pain as background Some women experience bouts of irregular bleeding once in a while. Although abnormal bleeding can be a common experience for many women, there are some situations where it can be dangerous. Many conditions can cause women to experience bouts of heavy bleeding, but hidden culprits are often the source of many women’s frustration. The Vascular Institute of Virginia specializes in getting to the underlying cause of heavy bleeding and helping you find relief. Here are a few possible causes responsible for your heavy bleeding and what you can do to restore your comfort levels.

Hormonal Imbalances

In some cases, hormonal issues can play a part in causing you to bleed heavily. Abnormal Uterine Bleeding, AUB is caused by changes in hormonal levels that can bring your period much earlier or later than you’re used to. AUB is a common reason behind heavy bleeding that can last for several days. AUB can also lead to other uncomfortable symptoms, such as 

  • Tenderness
  • Mood swings
  • Hot Flashes
  • Passing large clots during menstruation


Another possible reason behind your heavy bleeding could be certain medications. If you take medication for high blood pressure or to battle inflammation, they may present heavy vaginal bleeding as a side effect. 

Other medications that can increase your bleeding can include antidepressants, corticosteroids, and antipsychotics.


If you’ve recently used contraceptives, such as an IUD, there is a possibility that it can cause you to bleed heavily. Some IUD contraceptives release copper ions into the bloodstream to prevent the body from releasing an egg, helping reduce pregnancy risk after sex. 

Uterine Fibroids

If you suffer from heavy bleeding, there is a reasonable chance that Uterine Fibroids are the cause. Some studies suggest that as many as 20 percent of women suffer from uterine fibroids at some point in their lives. Experts debate the exact cause of uterine fibroids, but many believe that there is a correlation between hormones, genetics, and uterine fibroid growth. Our office specializes in diagnosing and treating Uterine Fibroids by using innovative strategies such as Uterine Fibroid Embolization. The first step in finding out how to address your menstrual bleeding is to schedule a consultation with our experts. Please call us at one of our 3 locations today at 703-673-5224.

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