Having a monthly period is a biological wonder that indicates your potential for creating life – but it also comes by its nickname of “curse” naturally. For many people who have periods, they are anything but a source of life and inspiration. Painful cramps, heavy bleeding, and irregularity can have even the strongest person seeking some kind of respite from the discomfort. At Huey & Weprin Ob/Gyn, we can work with you to determine what is causing your heavy periods and develop a treatment plan for it.
What Is Menorrhagia?
Menorrhagia, or heavy bleeding, is a common complaint from patients whose periods are less than cooperative. There are a number of reasons for heavy bleeding; one of the most prevalent is polycystic ovarian disease. Endometriosis, hormonal imbalances, thyroid dysfunction, certain birth controls, infection, stress, and in some cases, cancer.
When Should I Seek Treatment?
You should seek a consultation with Huey & Weprin any time you feel as though your body is not in sync the way you expect it to be. But if your periods are closer together than 4 weeks, or you get fatigue or anemia from the blood loss, you should definitely book an appointment. During our exam, we will not only ask you questions about your symptoms and perform a physical exam to determine the cause of the bleeding.
Treatments for Menorrhagia
There are a variety of treatments available, from hormones to surgical treatments to help restore a more regular period, as well as hormonal treatments that can inhibit the period altogether. We begin treating heavy periods with the most conservative possible methods, addressing lifestyle issues that may be interfering with your cycle and using birth control pills that can help manage your monthly bleeding. However, if that doesn’t work or you have endometriosis, other procedures may be necessary.
There are treatments to help relieve heavy bleeding during your period. If you are experiencing symptoms, schedule an appointment with an Ob/Gyn specialist at Huey & Weprin Ob/Gyn. With specialized care and cutting-edge treatments in obstetrics and gynecology, Huey & Weprin Ob/Gyn offers a wide variety of gynecologic and obstetric services from leaders in Ob/Gyn research development. Call 937.771.5100 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.