You Don't Have to Live with Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

No one likes that time of the month, but when you have heavy menstrual bleeding, it can be even more disruptive. If you find yourself waking up at night to change tampons or declining activities over fear of an “accident,” it's time to seek professional help.

Here at ObGyn Care of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Dr. Shaurin Patel and our highly trained team specialize in caring for women at all stages of their lives. If you’re dealing with heavy menstruation, we can help you. We offer personalized care in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Heavy menstrual bleeding

If you experience any of the following, you may have heavy menstrual bleeding, also called menorrhagia:

Significant blood loss may also lead to iron-deficiency anemia, which can include symptoms of fatigue and shortness of breath.

Medication treatments

Hormonal birth control pills

Endometriosis, fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome, and issues with ovulation can often cause heavy bleeding. Certain birth control pills can help reduce blood flow, regulate your period, and in some cases halt the bleeding altogether.

Hormone therapy

Some women experience heavy bleeding during perimenopause. Hormone therapy can help reduce the bleeding.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Drugs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, can help reduce the bleeding and aid in the relief of menstrual cramps.

Other medications

With heavy bleeding that is due to fibroids, gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists can help by reducing the size of the fibroids. However, the medication can only be used for six months or less, and the fibroids will likely return to their original size.

Tranexamic acid is another option that may be able to reduce bleeding. If heavy bleeding is due to a bleeding disorder, certain medications are available that can help with blood clotting.

Surgical treatments

Endometrial ablation

Endometrial ablation involves destroying a thin layer of the lining of the uterus to reduce or stop the bleeding.

Fibroid treatments

There are many things you can do to get your heavy menstrual bleeding under control. Your treatment plan will depend on the underlying cause.

If you're suffering from heavy bleeding, book an appointment online or over the phone with ObGyn Care of Oklahoma today.

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