Up to 35% of women in the United States experience heavy menstrual bleeding, which can make you self-conscious and affect your overall quality of life. At ObGyn Care of Oklahoma, Dr. Shaurin Patel offers a variety of diagnostic testing and innovative treatments to combat this health issue. If you are experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding for more than a week, you should see Dr. Patel to find out what's wrong. To schedule an appointment, call the Oklahoma City office or use the online booking tool today.
Heavy menstrual bleeding refers to a heavier than normal flow or bleeding for a prolonged period of time during your period. In some cases, there’s no known cause; however, many cases of heavy menstrual bleeding are caused by:
Certain medications, like anti-inflammatory drugs or hormone pills containing estrogen, can contribute to heavy menstrual bleeding.
IUDs, a common form of contraception, can cause heavy menstrual bleeding. However, ParagardⓇ and other copper IUDs that don’t contain hormones, are less likely to have this side effect.
Abnormalities in your ovaries can lead to decreased production of the hormone progesterone. The resulting hormone imbalance can cause heavy menstrual bleeding.
There are other causes, including certain forms of cancer and other pre-existing conditions such as liver or kidney disease.
Pay attention to how your heavy menstrual bleeding affects you:
If your heavy menstrual bleeding and associated symptoms last longer than a week, it’s a good idea to see Dr. Patel.
The first step in treating your heavy menstrual bleeding is diagnosing its cause. Dr. Patel first discusses your symptoms, reviews your medical history, and may perform a physical and pelvic exam. Depending on your condition and symptoms, Dr. Patel may suggest the following tests:
Based on your diagnosis, Dr. Patel works closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. He may prescribe hormonal medications or suggest an endometrial ablation, which is a minimally invasive procedure that destroys a thin layer of your uterine lining.
In more severe cases of heavy menstrual bleeding, Dr. Patel performs a hysterectomy, which involves removing your uterus and cervix. This ends your menstrual period, and you will not be able to become pregnant after a hysterectomy.
If you’re suffering from heavy menstrual bleeding, make an appointment to see Dr. Patel by calling or using the online booking tool today.