If heavy periods or prolonged menstrual bleeding are interfering with your daily life, you could have menorrhagia. The skilled team at Gallatin Women’s Center offer extensive OB/GYN services to address all of your gynecological needs at its Gallatin and Lafayette, Tennessee, locations. You don’t have to suffer through heavy periods, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Menorrhagia describes menstrual periods that are abnormally heavy or include prolonged bleeding. While you might have heavy bleeding at times during your cycle, menorrhagia is ongoing and typically lasts more than seven days.
Other symptoms of heavy periods include:
You might also have heavy menstrual bleeding if you find yourself restricting your activities because of your period.
Sometimes there isn’t a cause for heavy periods, but they can be the result of underlying conditions, including:
Some birth controls like a non-hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) can also cause heavy periods in addition to medications like hormones, anticoagulants, and anti-inflammatories.
When left untreated, heavy periods can cause severe pain and anemia due to blood loss. If you have anemia, you have fewer red blood cells, and your blood carries less oxygen throughout your body.
During your appointment at Gallatin Women’s Center, your provider discusses your menstrual cycles and medical history. They also perform a pelvic examination and might recommend additional tests, such as:
Based on the results, your provider might suggest several forms of treatment. This might include therapies like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), oral contraceptives or progesterone, or hormonal IUDs.
If your heavy bleeding doesn’t respond to conservative treatments, your provider might recommend surgical methods like endometrial ablation. Endometrial ablation is used to destroy the endometrial lining and can effectively treat heavy periods. Gallatin Women’s Center offers both Minerva® and NovaSure® endometrial ablation techniques on-site.
To put an end to your heavy periods or prolonged bleeding, call Gallatin Women’s Center or schedule an appointment online today.