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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Heavy Menstrual Flow

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced heavy menstrual flow. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Uterine Fibroids

    Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors in the uterus. They are common in women of childbearing age.

    Treatment ranges from medication to surgical removal of the fibroid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal bleeding, pelvis pain, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), painful periods, irregular period
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

    Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common hormone disorder characterized by irregular periods, acne, and fertility issues.

    Symptoms are well controlled with medicines including combined hormonal birth control.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, vaginal bleeding, pelvis pain, depressed mood, painful periods
    Symptoms that always occur with polycystic ovary syndrome:
    oligo/amenorrhea or hyperandrogenism
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Symptoms of Menopause

    Menopause is the point in life where your period stops. This happens when the ovaries stop making hormones that keep your cycle going. The transition into menopause is called peri-menopause and can include symptoms like hot flashes, shortening of menstrual cycle and mood fluctuations.

    Hot flashes typically peak approximately 1 year after the final period and last 4-10 years. Most women stop having hot flashes 4 years after they start, but 10% of women may have hot flashes up to 12 years after their last period.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, delay in or irregular periods, vaginal discharge, anxiety, trouble sleeping
    Symptoms that always occur with symptoms of menopause:
    delay in or irregular periods
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Overactive Thyroid

    The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, just above your collarbone. It is one of your endocrine glands, which make hormones. Thyroid glands control how fast one burns calories and how fast the heart beats. If the thyroid is too active, it makes more thyroid hormones than the body needs. This is called hyperthyroidism.

    Great prognosis with high remission rates

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, anxiety, depressed mood, irritability, trouble sleeping
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding as a Result of Iud Use

    Intrauterine devices, known as IUDs, can cause abnormal vaginal bleeding or "spotting."

    Bleeding is likely to resolve on its own. Removal of device will completely resolve this issue.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    bloody vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, heavy menstrual flow, yellow or green vaginal discharge
    Symptoms that never occur with abnormal vaginal bleeding as a result of iud use:
    unintentional weight loss, yellow or green vaginal discharge
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Heavy Menstrual Flow

  • Q.When was your last menstrual period?
  • Q.Is your period regular? (Within the same 8 days of the month)
  • Q.Are you sexually active?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?

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Heavy Menstrual Flow Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced heavy menstrual flow have also experienced:

    • 19% Vaginal Bleeding
    • 19% Bloody Vaginal Discharge
    • 5% Abdominal Cramps (Stomach Cramps)
  • People who have experienced heavy menstrual flow had symptoms persist for:

    • 63% Over a Month
    • 14% Less Than a Week
    • 10% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced heavy menstrual flow were most often matched with:

    • 42% Uterine Fibroids
    • 42% Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
    • 14% Symptoms of Menopause
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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