Heavy menstrual bleeding, or menorrhagia, is more than an inconvenience.
It can be significantly disruptive to a woman’s life and may indicate
a serious medical condition. As a
Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center OBGYN explains in
this video, there are several different potential causes of heavy bleeding, and the
specific cause dictates the necessary treatment. In honor of September’s
Gynecological Cancer Month, get the facts about heavy menstrual bleeding
and some of the potential triggers. It could save the life of you or someone you love.
Fibroids and Polyps
Uterine fibroids and polyps are benign growths that typically occur in
women during their childbearing years. They affect the lining of the uterus
and frequently cause heavy and prolonged menstruation. Doctors are unsure
why they occur, but they seem to be linked to estrogen levels and could
be caused by hormonal imbalances. Polyps that appear on the cervix can
also cause heavy bleeding. Uterine and cervical polyps can be surgically
removed. Treating fibroids is more complex. Surgical treatments, hormone
therapy, and even hysterectomies can be used to resolve uterine fibroids.
Hormonal changes during adolescence and menopause are frequently tied to
heavy menstrual bleeding. Some women also experience heavy menstruation
after giving birth as their hormones adjust after pregnancy. This kind
of heavy menstruation can often be treated with birth control pills or
other kinds of hormone therapy.
Uterine, cervical, and ovarian cancers can all cause heavy menstrual bleeding.
Although cancer is not the most common cause of heavy bleeding, it is
one of the reasons it is so critical to get your symptoms evaluated by
a doctor. Early diagnosis often allows treatment to begin before the cancer
spreads, which leads to better outcomes.
At Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, we’re pleased to
women’s health services, including maternity care, gynecological surgeries and breast care. Request
a referral to a specialist or find out more about our hospital services,
from emergency care to stroke care in Las Vegas, by calling (702) 880-2700.