Any relief for intense periods in early adolescence?
Hi BPN, my almost-12 year old has had her period for a little over six months. It's still very erratic but seems to be arriving more frequently (like every 2-3 weeks) and is extremely heavy. She's not yet comfortable with tampons (we're working on it) and so she's stressing to change out a high-absorbency pad every hour, which is impeding on her desire to go to school, play sports, etc. I had similarly intense periods (severe cramping and heavy bleeding) when I was a young teen, and finally got relief when I went on the pill at age 15. Are there **any** options for young girls dealing with this? Is birth control an option and when? I'll be speaking with our pediatrician about this as well but am interested in what others have heard from their doctors that I should proactively bring up. Thanks!