About 1 in 3 women seek medical treatment for heavy periods, which can cause a host of disruptive symptoms. If heavy periods are impairing your quality of life, Boca Women's Health in Boca Raton, Florida, offers expert care to restore a more regular flow. Get the care you deserve today from Ninoutchka Dejean, MD, a board-certified gynecologist. Call today or schedule a consultation online for expert help for heavy menstruation.
An array of health conditions, taking medications like aspirin, or even using an IUD for contraception, may lead to a heavy period. Health-related causes of heavy menstruation include, but aren’t limited to:
These are growths on your uterus or in your uterine wall. These growths can be painful and cause heavy bleeding, particularly when the growths are large or rupture.
This condition occurs when your uterine lining (endometrium) grows outside your uterus. As many as 1 in 10 women have endometriosis, although many don’t know they have it.
Conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can produce heavy periods and clusters of small cysts on your ovaries. PCOS is believed to be linked to an excess of male hormones in your body and insulin resistance, but researchers are still determining the cause of PCOS.
In other cases, heavy bleeding might be a symptom of an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage. It’s less common for heavy periods to be a warning sign of endometrial cancer, which is usually diagnosed in the post-menopausal years.
During your visit at Boca Women's Health, expect Dr. Dejean to ask you detailed questions about your period. This helps her narrow down the source of the heavy bleeding. She asks you to describe your most recent menstrual cycles, including:
She looks for certain criteria that indicate a heavy period, such as menstruation lasting more than one week. Next, Dr. Dejean conducts a physical exam and pelvic exam, and recommends appropriate tests to complete her diagnosis.
Dr. Dejean recommends appropriate lab tests and other diagnostic tests, such as:
Once she has identified the source of your heavy periods, she suggests an appropriate treatment plan to address the condition.
Dr. Dejean tailors her treatment recommendations based on the underlying reason for your heavy menstruation. She may begin by suggesting conservative methods, such as prescription medications to reduce or stop your menstrual flow.
In other cases, Dr. Dejean recommends a treatment called endometrial ablation, a quick in-office procedure at Boca Women's Health. Endometrial ablation minimizes or stops a heavy flow by removing the lining of your uterus.
Don’t suffer from a heavy period. Call Boca Women's Health today or book a consultation online with Dr. Dejean.