Do heavy periods interfere with your life? If so, you’re not alone. One in four women suffer from heavy periods caused by abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB), formerly called dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB). These conditions refer to periods that are too heavy, too frequent, irregular or bleeding that lasts longer than seven days. This can cause many women to limit their activities and lifestyle each and every month. The amount of menstrual bleeding that is bothersome varies from woman to woman. Although many women consider this a normal part of aging, it is important to make sure you do not develop anemia or have a treatable hormonal condition. It is also important to make sure that this is not related to cancer. Discuss with your provider if your periods are longer or heavier than in the past, or if your periods are affecting your day-to-day life, as there are many options to treat abnormal bleeding.