The team at Orange County OBGYN in Newport Beach, California, is experienced in diagnosing and treating heavy periods so you can get back to your daily routine without heavy bleeding, pain or discomfort. If you soak through several pads or tampons every few hours or experience a period longer than five to seven days, you may have heavy periods. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Heavy periods, medically known as menorrhagia, refer to very heavy or lengthy bleeding during menstrual periods. In some cases, heavy periods are accompanied by pain.
Women with heavy periods may have regular or unpredictable menstrual cycles, but the periods are much more difficult than normal due to the high volume of blood or the length of bleeding.
While the average menstrual period lasts 3-5 days for a woman, heavy periods last more than seven days and sometimes even weeks. If you have heavy periods, you typically need to change your tampon or pad more frequently, as it'll often soak the pad approximately every two hours.
To begin the treatment for heavy periods, it is first important to identify any possible causes. The team at Orange County OBGYN, are experts in diagnosing causes of heavy periods. In office ultrasound is offered. Certain medications can cause heavy periods, so it's important to discuss all current and past medications with your doctor so they can make an accurate diagnosis. The cause of menorrhagia can vary widely, but the most common causes include:
Less common causes of menorrhagia can include blood clotting disorders, ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, or endometrial or cervical cancers.
The treatment for menorrhagia varies from patient to patient. The team works with you to customize a treatment plan specific to your individual needs. In many cases, the use of oral supplements or medications is helpful, but sometimes a surgical treatment is best. Some treatment options include:
Iron supplements are often used for patients who've become anemic or borderline anemic due to blood loss.
NSAIDs, which include drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen, can help with pain relief and also reduce blood loss during menstruation
Tranexamic acid (brand name Lysteda) reduces the amount of menstrual blood loss.
Oral contraceptives provide birth control as well as regulating cycles, reducing the quantity of blood lost, and reducing the length of periods.
Progesterone supplements can correct heavy periods that result from a hormone imbalance.
The hormonal IUD contains levonorgestrel, a progestin which helps thin out the lining of the uterus and helps reduce blood loss and cramps.
For heavy bleeding that cannot be corrected via medication, the doctors at Orange County OBGYN are also specialists in performing minimally invasive surgical procedures. These include hysteroscopy, endometrial ablation, D+C, myomectomy and hysterectomy.
To learn more about treatment for heavy periods, call Orange County OBGYN or book an appointment online today.