How To Prevent Heavy Periods

It’s normal for a woman to experience some level of cramping and discomfort for about a week during menstruation. Heavy menstrual cycles, which are long periods of excessive bleeding (menorrhagia), pain and discomfort could be a cause of concern. Dr. Anya Rose, Dr. Megan Gau and Dr. Christine Horton are gynecologists who help patients who have issues with heavy periods at Rose Women’s Health in Arcadia, CA.

What Causes Heavy Periods?

When a patient experiences frequent heavy periods each month that last well over the normal week, this could have a number of different causes including:

  • Hormonal imbalances.
  • High levels of stress.
  • Medications.
  • Endometriosis (overgrowth of tissue in the uterine lining).
  • Fibroids (benign growths inside of the uterus).

Can Heavy Periods Be Prevented?

Having normal menstrual patterns can help improve your physical, mental and emotional health. A prevention strategy is the first course of action for heavy menstrual cycles and it starts with recognizing that there is an issue. Examine your lifestyle to see if there is something that could be triggering stress or your emotional well-being. Add more exercise and relaxation to your daily routine. Also take an inventory of any medications you may have started taking that could be exacerbating menstrual problems and discuss them with your doctor.

How Can a Gynecologist Help?

A gynecologist at Rose Women's Health in Arcadia, CA can help by analyzing your specific case of heavy periods and identifying the most likely cause with an exam, blood test, ultrasounds or a hysteroscopy. Treatment options may include:

  • Prescription of birth control medications or devices, which can help normalize or lighten period symptoms.
  • Hormone therapy.
  • Removal of fibroids (a hysterectomy may be recommended for certain patients in severe cases).
  • Dietary changes, including an increase in iron-rich foods. Your doctor may also suggest an iron supplement.

Normal Periods Are Possible

Don’t give up hope that your regular menstrual cycles can be normal. A doctor who specializes in women’s health issues at Rose Women’s Health in Arcadia, CA can help you take steps to prevent heavy periods. Call (626) 461-7071 today to schedule time to visit Dr. Rose, Dr. Gau or Dr. Horton.

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