Women With Obesity Are More Likely to Experience Heavier Periods

Women With Obesity Are More Likely to Experience Heavier Periods

For the study, researchers measured the body mass index (BMI)—a ratio of weight to height—and menstrual blood loss of 121 women with regular menstrual cycles. The scientists conducted a similar study in mice to further understand why a higher BMI might cause heavier periods. Scientists suggested that losing weight and taking anti-inflammatory medications might help reduce heavy periods in women with obesity. However, Maybin stressed that doctors should consider the fact that other factors—such as bleeding disorders and fibroids and other abnormal growths in the uterus—may cause heavy periods. For related coverage, read “Study Sheds Light on Menstruation Around the World” and “Women With Erratic Menstrual Cycles Face Higher Mortality Rates.”

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