Need Help With My 9 Year Old Daughters Very Heavy Periods.

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Asked by angeldawn7

Need Help With My 9 Year Old Daughters Very Heavy Periods.

My daughter is 9 years old and started her period 3 months ago. It is VERY heavy and lasts 9-10 days. It keeps her home from school and she is soaking through pads like crazy. At night I've had to resort to putting a goodnights (night-time underwear for bladder issues) on her or she will soak through everything. I took her to the pediatrician and was told it just takes about 18 months for things to normalize. Is this normal at all? I don't feel like her life should have to be put on hold every three weeks. Any ideas?

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Hi there

I am so sorry she is experiencing such prolonged and heavy periods and especially at her age.

Unfortunately what they are telling you is accurate.

This site reports that: "It is common for a girl just starting her period to be irregular for a year or two."

And also the Mayo Clinic pretty much says the same thing: "Any woman at any time in her reproductive life may experience heavy menstrual bleeding. Young women who aren't yet ovulating regularly are especially prone to menorrhagia in the 12 to 18 months after their first menstrual period (menarche)"

The Mayo Clinic also lists treatments depending on what is causing the heavy bleeding which you can find here:

The thing I would most worry about with your daughter would be anemia due to the heavy blood loss. Did they say anything about this? Did they give her any iron supplements?

I would contact the doctor again for further advice. If they don't give you any help it might be prudent to seek out another doctor. Your daughter should not have to suffer so.

Thank you for your question.