Many women experience heavy blood flow during their periods, but if your flow is so heavy that it affects your life, you may have menorrhagia. The experienced doctors at Garden State Women's Center in Hackensack, New Jersey, provide treatment options to help reduce your flow and get you back to your life. If you experience heavy periods and need help, call the office or book an appointment online.
Menorrhagia is a clinical term used to describe a condition that causes abnormal uterine bleeding and cramping that affects the quality of life. Women with menorrhagia lose twice as much blood during their cycle as women without menorrhagia.
There are a number of different reasons you may be experiencing menorrhagia, including:
Use of a non-hormonal IUD for birth control may also cause heavy bleeding.
Monitoring for common symptoms of menorrhagia may help the team at Garden State Women’s Center establish a diagnosis.
Common symptoms include:
Heavy bleeding that affects daily activities may also indicate menorrhagia. Additionally, if you’re feeling overly tired or are experiencing shortness of breath, your heavy blood flow may be causing anemia.
To aid in a diagnosis, the medical professionals at Garden State Women’s Center may need to do additional testing such as a blood draw, endometrial biopsy, Pap smear, or ultrasound.
There are a number of treatment options available to help slow your blood flow. The doctors at Garden State Women’s Center go over all your options and create a treatment plan that takes your personal health and lifestyle into consideration, which might include medication or surgery.
Noninvasive treatment options might include:
If medication can’t lessen your flow, your doctor may discuss surgical options, especially if you have fibroids. Surgical options might include:
If you’d like to learn more about your options to manage a heavy menstrual flow, call the office or book an appointment online.