Heavy bleeding or Menorrhagia can become a problem for many women at many different stages. Even women who have gone through tubal ligation, women who have started taking prescribed hormones and stopped taking them, or women who are approaching menopause can suffer from heavy bleeding. Only your doctor can diagnose menorrhagia and present you with treatment options.
One such option might be NovaSure, an endometrial ablation (EA) procedure that provides a solution to heavy periods. It is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that we offer as part of our gynecology services as an alternative to a hysterectomy and will avoid the effects of hormone therapy. NovaSure delivers ninety seconds of controlled radio frequency energy through a thin handheld wand to remove the lining of the uterus. The procedure is quick and simple and nearly all patients report no pain.
Heavy Period Treatments
There are various surgical and pharmaceutical treatments for women who suffer from heavy periods, or menorrhagia. Knowing the pros and cons of the treatment will help you have a conversation with your health care provider to choose the appropriate therapy. One of the main considerations is if there are children in the possible future because some treatments will render it impossible to carry a child. The most extreme treatment for heavy bleeding is a hysterectomy, or the surgical removal of the uterus and cervix. There are also hormonal treatments and less invasive surgical treatments. Only you and your doctor can choose the treatment that is right.
Stop Heavy Periods
To stop heavy periods there are a number of things you can do both on your own as well as treatments performed by your doctor. Heavy menstrual bleeding, called menorrhagia by doctors, can be a serious impediment to an active lifestyle. Those who suffer from menorrhagia lose more than twice as much blood as those with normal menstrual cycles and often suffer from anemia.
If you want to try at home treatments you can try applying ice packs to the abdomen for twenty minutes at a time several times a day. Vitamin C will help your body absorb iron and possibly strengthen the blood vessels. Iron supplements may help slow bleeding as some studies show that low iron levels can increase menstruation. Always check with your healthcare providers before self-treating.
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