I am used to having, what I think is, a heavier than normal period. It has always been this way and I've always had problems with pads not supporting my heavy flow (until I found always infinity pads) since I first started my period around 8th grade. I'm now 22. My last 2 periods were lighter than my normal heavy flow (what I would think a normal period is like), but this time around (just started yesterday), it's really heavy. It's usually heavy for about 2-2 1/2 days and then I end at the 4th or 5th day. Should I be concerned that I bleed so much? I had a gyn visit back in May, and I think they tried to get me on birth control, but I am not into messing with my hormones and nor does my mom approve of bc. I think I'm mostly concerned because my mom had to get a total hysterectomy several years ago (I think due to fibroids). My mom said her periods were not heavy when she was younger. Still, is this genetic and should I be worried?
It's completely normal for menstrual flow to vary from month to month, especially while your body is still settling into its cycle. Also, even if you've been menstruating for a while your cycle can still change.
I'm not qualified to comment on whether genetics plays a part, but if you're concerned I'd recommend speaking to your gynecologist. He/she can advise you of any genetic risks you might be facing.
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