Heavy periods are a common problem that often stops women from enjoying normal daily activities. When heavy periods go untreated, they also put you at risk of iron deficiency anemia. Dele Ogunleye, MD, FACOG, Lisa Emm, MD, FACOG, and the medical team at Advanced Women’s Healthcare have extensive experience determining the cause of your heavy periods, then recommending individualized treatment that restores a more normal flow. To get help with your heavy periods, schedule an appointment online, or call the office in Bloomington, Illinois.
Many women aren’t sure when their menstrual bleeding is heavier than normal. Patients often believe that a heavy period is something they have to put up with. But heavy periods aren’t normal, and if they continue, you’re at risk for problems like anemia.
Your bleeding is too heavy if you meet any of the following guidelines.
If you’re bleeding matches any of these criteria, it’s time to schedule an appointment at Advanced Women’s Healthcare to have your menstrual periods evaluated.
Numerous gynecologic conditions can cause heavy menstrual bleeding. The following are a few examples of some of the most common underlying problems.
Irregular ovulation also frequently causes heavy periods. Polycystic ovary syndrome is one of the most common causes of ovulation problems.
The team at Advanced Women’s Healthcare may start your treatment with hormonal medications that lighten menstrual flow and make your periods more regular. You may also have the option of a nonhormonal medication, tranexamic acid, that reduces bleeding.
If your heavy bleeding persists despite medications, your Advanced Women’s Healthcare doctor may recommend surgery. Only one surgery, endometrial ablation, specifically targets heavy bleeding, but other procedures can be done to treat specific underlying conditions.
Your doctor may talk with you about a hysterectomy if you don’t want to have children in the future, your bleeding is severe, and other conservative options haven’t helped.
The team at Advanced Women’s Healthcare may perform these surgeries using the da Vinci® surgery system, an advanced robotic system that’s controlled by the doctor while allowing more precise surgery.
To get treatment for heavy periods, call Advanced Women’s Healthcare or book an appointment online.