What can cause heavy periods?

Alisa Vitti
Alternative & Complementary Medicine Specialist

If your menstrual bleed is very heavy, this usually indicates your estrogen levels are too high. Watch functional nutrition specialist Alisa Vitti explain how too much estrogen can impact your flow and what other factors you should be aware of.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Changing a pad or tampon every hour for three or more hours is considered heavy bleeding. It may be a symptom of a serious disease and should be checked by a doctor. Watch Dr. Oz talk about signs of endometrial cancer.

Heavy periods may be the result of a medical condition involving the female organs, such as a tumor, infection or polyps. Other possible causes include medications, especially hormonal treatments and oral contraceptives, a bleeding disorder, pregnancy complications or a hormonal condition.

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