Also known as menorrhagia, heavy menstrual bleeding is a common problem among women. In fact, about one third of women seek treatment for it. Heavy menstrual bleeding can interfere with a woman’s lifestyle and lead to pain and anemia, which occurs when the blood doesn’t have enough healthy blood cells.
If you are living with heavy menstrual bleeding, know that there are ways you can effectively treat this condition and improve your quality of life. Here at Raleigh OB/GYN Centre, we recommend the following treatments for heavy menstrual bleeding.
Oral contraceptive medications as well as hormonal IUDs and pills may reduce bleeding. They work by restoring the correct balance of hormones and making periods more regular. Other medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs can improve menstrual cramps and reduce blood loss.
If your heavy menstrual bleeding is the result of fibroids, your issue can be treated by shrinking them. There are a number of fibroid removal procedures we may suggest including a surgical procedure known as myomectomy or uterine artery embolization.
Endometrial removal involves removing or thinning the endometrial lining to alleviate heavy bleeding. If we determine that an endometrial removal such as endometrial ablation or endometrial resection tissue removal is right for you, you should not become pregnant.
Dilation and Curettage
Dilation and curettage or D&C removes tissue from the uterine lining in order to reduce menstrual bleeding. In a D&C, the cervix is opened and special tools are used to scrape or suction the tissue. You may require multiple D&C treatments if your heavy bleeding reoccurs.
If you do not have the desire to get pregnant and your heavy menstrual bleeding persists, a hysterectomy may be an option. A hysterectomy completely stops your menstrual cycles and prevents you from being able to conceive a child.
Prior to designing a treatment plan for you, we will take a number of factors into consideration. These factors include your medical history and overall health, the cause of your heavy menstrual bleeding, your tolerance for certain medications and procedures, how the condition affects your lifestyle, and your future childbearing plans.
Schedule an Appointment at Raleigh OB/GYN Centre
Our women’s health team understands how uncomfortable it can be to live with heavy menstrual bleeding. Therefore, we are committed to helping each and every patient with this condition find the relief they deserve. If you are facing menorrhagia, schedule an appointment at our office today.