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I’m 19 years old and my periods are irregular. Currently, I’m bleeding heavily with clots, but I don’t have cramps. Is this because I’m overweight, or is something else going on?

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I'm 19 years old and my periods are irregular. Currently, I'm bleeding heavily with clots, but I don't have cramps. Is this because I'm overweight, or is something else going on?

Irregular bleeding with heavy periods can be caused by a number of medical conditions. For that reason, I suggest that you see your doctor to nail down a cause of your symptoms. However, there is some important information that may help your doctor determine if what you are experiencing is truly abnormal. Before your visit, create a period log. The log should include the following information: the age you first started your period, how many days are in between the first day of your periods, how long your period lasts, how many pads or tampons you are using each day, any associated symptoms that you have with your periods (like excessive pain, easy bruising) and if anyone else in your family has a similar issue. This information, in addition to a thorough examination and potential lab testing, will help your doctor determine if your weight is a contributing factor to your menstrual irregularities.

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