While many women experience pain and discomfort during their periods, some individuals suffer from severe or prolonged vaginal bleeding known as menorrhagia. Vaginal bleeding is considered to be menorrhagia when it is interfering with your daily life, and causing you severe pain.
If menstrual bleeding and cramping are preventing you from maintaining daily activities during your period, you may want to consult with one of the surgeons at La Peer’s Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence in Los Angeles. Our board-certified experts offer a range of minimally invasive treatments to alleviate abnormally heavy bleeding and get you back to enjoying life.
Causes of Menorrhagia
A variety of conditions and disorders can result in dysfunctional uterine bleeding. Some of the causes of menorrhagia include:
- Hormonal imbalance, in which the endometrium is excessively thick
- Uterine polyps or fibroids
- PID, thyroid problems and endometriosis
- Bleeding disorders such as Willebrand’s disease
In rare cases, uterine or cervical cancer can lead to menorrhagia. Women experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding should visit a board-certified gynecologic surgeon to determine the cause of their bleeding and the best method of treatment.
Without treatment, menorrhagia can make daily life painful and inconvenient. At the Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence, our world-renowned team of surgeons offers a number of treatments for reducing the severity and duration of menstrual bleeding.
For some patients, oral contraceptives and oral progesterone are effective means of regulating menstrual bleeding. Additionally, hormonal IUDs (intrauterine devices) can help to thin the uterine lining and reduce blood flow. However, for patients whose menorrhagia does not respond to less invasive methods, surgical measure may be necessary to relieve heavy vaginal bleeding and improve quality of life.
Gynecologic surgeons may use hysteroscopy to diagnose and treat menorrhagia. During the procedure, your surgeon will introduce a lighted tube called a hysteroscope into the uterus through the vagina. Performed on an outpatient basis, this procedure can be used to remove polyps that cause excessive bleeding.
At the Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence, our doctors also offer the state-of-the-art NovaSure procedure to relieve heavy menstrual bleeding.
NovaSure Procedure for Vaginal Bleeding
NovaSure is an ablation method that relieves heavy menstrual bleeding without the need for hormone treatments. During the procedure, our gynecologic surgeons will use a local anesthetic to make sure the patient experiences no pain. The doctor will then deliver radiofrequency energy through a mesh device to remove the uterine lining and stop excessive bleeding.
Because NovaSure affects a woman’s ability to get pregnant—and can make pregnancy dangerous for both mother and fetus—the treatment is not appropriate for women who want to have children in the future. However, if you are done having children, you may want to consider NovaSure as a means of relieving pain, heavy bleeding and PMS symptoms. Most women who undergo NovaSure experience significant relief from the symptoms of menorrhagia.
Frequently Asked Questions About Menorrhagia
Q: How do I know if I have menorrhagia?
A: If heavy periods affect your ability to enjoy life, or if you have to use multiple tampons or sanitary pads in one day, you may be suffering from menorrhagia.
Q: What are the causes of menorrhagia?
A: Some potential causes of menorrhagia include uterine fibroids, polyps, pregnancy complications (miscarriage), hormonal imbalances and medical disorders.
Q: What are the potential complications of heavy menstrual bleeding?
A: Complications of menorrhagia can include anemia, pain and an inability to enjoy life during your menstrual cycle.
Contact the Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence
At the Surgical Gynecology Center, our goal is to help women live their lives without pain. If you’re experiencing pain or heavy bleeding due to menorrhagia, you should not hesitate to contact us for a consultation online or call us at (888) 374-0367. We offer a number of effective, minimally invasive procedures to relieve menstrual bleeding and get you back to enjoying life.
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