Heavy menstrual bleeding can cause serious disruption to the lives of the women who experience it. If you believe that your menstrual bleeding could be abnormal, talk to your women’s health physician . He or she can pinpoint the cause and provide treatments that will get you the relief you need. Here is what you need to know about heavy menstrual bleeding and some tips for starting the conversation with your physician.
What causes heavy menstrual bleeding?
As mentioned in the video, there are a number of different causes of heavy menstruation, including:
- Uterine fibroids
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Hormonal fluctuations
When you visit your physician to discuss your heavy periods, the first thing he or she will do is to perform tests to determine the exact cause. Finding the cause is the first step in getting the right treatment.
What treatments are available?
Treating heavy menstrual bleeding depends on the cause. Some treatments your physician may discuss with you, depending on your diagnosis, are:
- Endometrial ablation
- Uterine artery embolization
- Removal of uterine fibroids
- Oral contraceptives/Hormonal IUDs
- Oral progesterone (taken for approximately 10 days of each menstrual cycle)
In severe cases, some women opt for a hysterectomy. Hysterectomies permanently end menstruation, but they also lead to sterility. Your physician will discuss all of the pros and cons of this option with you if you are considering a hysterectomy.
How should I start the conversation with my physician?
Before your appointment, consider keeping a diary of your menstrual cycle, including the dates on which your periods started and ended and which days you experienced the heaviest bleeding. It can also be helpful to note the other symptoms you experience during your period and at other stages of your menstrual cycle.
Be prepared to answer questions about your overall health history and all of the medications you are currently taking. It can also be helpful to know if other women in your family experience heavy menstrual bleeding and if any of them have been diagnosed with a cause or successfully treated.
Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center is pleased to offer comprehensive women’s health services, including minimally invasive hysterectomies and maternity care in Las Vegas. You can request a referral to one of our specialists by calling our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 916-5023.