Heavy periods, medically known as menorrhagia, are a concern that goes beyond inconvenience; they can significantly impact daily activities and overall well-being. Though it might feel isolating, understanding the nature, causes, and potential treatments is the first step toward reclaiming control. Ideal Gynecology, LLC stands beside every woman on this journey and is committed to shedding light on solutions and providing hope in these torrential times.
Understanding heavy periods
Although menstrual flow varies from woman to woman, there is such a thing as having a flow that is too heavy, and when it happens, it deserves investigation. Your flow is considered heavy if you are soaking through one or more sanitary pads or tampons every hour for several hours, or if your flow lasts longer than seven days.
Additionally, if your flow is heavy enough to interfere with your normal activities, consider scheduling a visit with a women’s health specialist like the team at Ideal Gynecology.
Common causes of heavy periods
Heavy periods can arise from various factors. When a cause for heavy periods is found, the following are some of the most common culprits:
- Bleeding disorders
- Uterine fibroids and polyps (non-cancerous uterine growths)
- Endometriosis (uterine tissue growth outside the uterus)
- Adenomyosis (endometrial tissue embeds into uterine muscle)
- Hormonal imbalances (PCOS, insulin resistance)
In some cases, no obvious cause is found.
Treatment options for heavy periods
Navigating through heavy periods might seem daunting, but there's a silver lining. Modern medicine and therapeutic interventions offer several avenues to mitigate and manage these challenges. Here's a closer look at some of the most effective treatments.
Hormonal birth control
Birth control methods like pills, patches, and vaginal rings regulate the menstrual cycle by adjusting hormone levels. They primarily work by preventing ovulation, thinning the uterine lining, and thickening cervical mucus.
As a result, the menstrual flow becomes lighter and more manageable. Additionally, these options can help alleviate pain associated with menstruation and reduce the risk of certain reproductive cancers.
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are very small devices that your doctor inserts into the uterus. Hormonal IUDs release progestin, a hormone that thins the uterine lining, reducing menstrual bleeding.
They are effective, long-term options that can significantly decrease or even stop menstrual flow in some women. It's essential, however, to consult with a healthcare provider to discuss potential side effects and determine the best IUD option.
This minimally invasive procedure is designed to treat heavy menstrual bleeding by removing or destroying the endometrial lining of the uterus. It is performed in an office or hospital setting and can significantly reduce or eliminate menstrual flow.
Endometrial ablation is especially suitable for women who have completed their families or do not wish to have children in the future, as pregnancy after the procedure can be risky.
Several medications can be prescribed to manage heavy menstrual bleeding:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Tranexamic acid
- Hormonal therapies
Our team will discuss all your options and help you decide which treatment is right for you.
Help for heavy periods
Heavy periods, though common, are abnormal and not something you have to simply endure. Several effective treatment options are available. With the expertise of the team at Ideal Gynecology, you can navigate your way to a solution that fits your individual needs, ensuring that your periods no longer hold you back from living your best life.
If you're struggling with heavy menstruation, stop in for a visit to discuss how we can help.