How far have we come, when it comes to our periods? Who remembers being self conscious about their period, hiding tampons up their sleeves as they walked quickly to the bathroom during breaks in between classes? Even though we may feel less worried about hiding our periods these day, talking about them openly may take a little more than a nudge. It may even take practice learning how to open up about something that feels so personal (even though all women have them).
If you have been experiencing abnormal bleeding or a heavy flow that you feel isn’t normal, then keep reading. We can help you figure out what is going on, and if it’s a serious concern.
What causes heavy bleeding?
Heavy menstrual bleeding is an inconvenience, but it can be so much more. It can lead to an iron-related deficiency in women if you consistently have heavy bleeding. It can even require hospitalization and blood transfusions in serious cases.
If you experience heavy bleeding during your periods, we can help you by running some tests that help rule out underlying problems like endometriosis, fibroids, uterine cancer, or an infection. It may be hormone imbalances that are causing your issue, so don’t start worrying about scary issues until you have heard what we can tell you.
There are several treatments that can help with your heavy menstrual bleeding, ranging from over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, oral contraceptives, minimally invasive surgery, to hysterectomy. Regardless of your issue, we can help you make the right decision by answering your questions and providing information.
Questions to Ask Your Physician
The following questions can help you get answers that are specific and helpful in guiding your decision about treatment.
- Does my family history help understand more about what’s going on with me?
- Do you think the amount of menstrual bleeding I’m experiencing is normal?
- Are my iron levels being affected by this? What can we do about it?