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Heavy Menstrual Periods - Exams and Tests

Your doctor will first try to rule out certain causes for your heavy menstrual periods, such as a miscarriage or a growth in your uterus.

Your doctor will ask how often, how long, and how much you have been bleeding. You'll have a pelvic exam. During the exam, your doctor will check for signs of disease, infection, and abnormal growths.

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Based on the results of your pelvic exam, your doctor may also want to do:

Your doctor may also order blood tests to check for anemia. When you lose a lot of blood during your period, your iron levels may drop. This can make you feel tired, weak, and short of breath.

Blood tests may also be done to check to see if you have a blood clotting disorder or problems with your thyroid gland or pituitary gland.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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