Why do I have heavy menstrual periods?

istock 1132926228 Women who are experiencing heavy menstrual flow, called menorrhagia, may be worried about the cause. At Craig Ranch OB/GYN, women in the McKinney, TX area who are noticing changes in their periods are advised to speak with a professional to get a thorough evaluation and determine the cause. By finding out the cause of the problem, solutions can be decided to help women feel comfortable again during their monthly cycles.

What causes heavy menstrual periods?

There are many different reasons why a woman might experience a heavy menstrual flow. By working with Dr. Craig Ranch of McKinney, TX, most women can find the source of the problem and seek effective treatment. Below are some of the more common reasons why menstrual flows may become heavier:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Ovary disfunction
  • Polyps
  • Adenomyosis
  • Uterine or cervical cancer
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • Complications from pregnancy
  • Inherited blood disorders
  • Certain medications
  • Liver or kidney disease

Once a patient has been evaluated and a cause has been determined, treatment options are then discussed with the patient to help relieve them of heavy bleeding.

What can be done about heavy menstrual periods?

Treatment for menorrhagia varies depending on the cause of the flow increase. Some common treatments may include:

  • Medications
  • Surgical procedures
  • Changes in medication
  • Removal of polyps or uterine fibroids
  • Radiation or chemotherapy for cancer patients

What is considered “heavy bleeding?”

Some women experience different flow during their periods, while others may have a more predictable flow. Concerns will arise if patients are experiencing:

  • Vaginal bleeding that soaks pads and tampons every hour for several hours
  • Bleeding that occurs between periods
  • Irregular or changed vaginal bleeding
  • Vaginal bleeding that occurs after menopause has completed

Are you struggling with heavy menstrual flow or other concerns during your monthly period?

It is time to talk to a professional to find out the cause of the problem and discuss possible solutions. Our team at Craig Ranch OB/GYN works diligently to provide a definitive diagnosis of one’s concerns and offer solution recommendations. If you live in the McKinney, TX area and want to speak to our professionals, we welcome you to book an appointment by calling (214) 544-6600 and visiting us at 7900 Henneman Way, Ste. #100. We are always open to new patients seeking quality care for the reproductive and women’s health needs.

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