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What Can I Do To Stop A Heavy Period?

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Dear BeingGirl Experts,

My periods are very heavy and last a long time. My mother's periods were heavy too, and so are my sister's. My mom says it's just the way we are, but I wonder if there's anything I can do about it. I also seem to bruise easily. Could this be related, or am I worrying for nothing?





Dear Zoe,

It is possible your bruising and heavy periods are related. Both are symptoms of a bleeding disorder called von Willebrand Disease, or VWD. (Other signs are frequent nosebleeds and unusual bleeding after surgery or dental work.) VWD is common and tends to run in families. If you think you might have von Willebrand Disease, ask mom to make you an appointment with your doctor/healthcare provider. Your doctor may refer you to a hematologist (blood specialist) for testing or a bleeding disorders clinic. If diagnosed with it, a hematologist can treat your symptoms and help get your bleeding under control. For more information you can contact the National Hemophilia Foundation ( at 1-800-42-HANDI or the Canadian Hemophilia Society ( at 1-800-668-2686.


Good luck,

Your BeingGirl Experts

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Posted May 30, 2014
My period is very heavy and this morning, I had to change my tampon in 20 minutes. I went from a very light period to a super heavy one within 31 days. I was wondering if there was any way that I could lighten my period? I have to go to a pool party in 2 hours, so what do I do?! P.S. I don't have any tampons


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