Heavy bleeding is a common problem with many women. If you do not suffer from it, at least you know someone who does. According to studies, about 25% of all women between 18 and 35 years old experience heavy bleeding.
The problem may vary with different women; however, it may disrupt their normal daily activities. Lake Mary heavy bleeding specialists offer extensive diagnosis and treatment for heavy bleeding. Kindly call their office to book your appointment.
What is heavy bleeding?
You have heavy bleeding when you lose more blood than normal or when your period lasts for more than 7-8 days. The amount of bleeding varies for different women at different life stages. Heavy bleeding can happen at any stage, but it is common in the 30-50 age group.
How do you know you have heavy bleeding?
Usually, you produce 80ml of blood during your menstrual periods that last between two to seven days. It means you can manage the flow with the pads or tampons every two hours. However, you might have heavy bleeding when you have to change your sanitary system every hour or less.
The normal menstrual cycle takes 28 days but can also range between 21 and 40 days. Bleeding on days other than your regular cycle may indicate abnormality or underlying condition.
Heavy bleeding may also include:
- Bleeding that lasts longer than the average cycle
- Unexplained bleeding between periods
- Bleeding while pregnant
- Fatigue or dizziness that accompanies bleeding
- Large blood clots
Tracking the number of sanitary products you use in a day may help evaluate if you have heavy bleeding.
What are the causes of heavy bleeding?
You may experience heavy bleeding due to various reasons, including:
These are noncancerous growths that develop in the uterus during the productive stage of a woman.
Heavy bleeding also can result from a miscarriage. It is a sudden pregnancy loss before the fetus is mature.
Cervical, uterine and ovarian cancers can also lead to heavy bleeding.
IUD is an intrauterine device, a form of birth control inserted into your uterus. When it moves out of its place, it can cause heavy bleeding.
Other causes of heavy bleeding include:
- Endometrial polyps
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Endometrial polyps
Certain medications can also cause heavy bleeding.
What are the available treatments for heavy bleeding?
During your consultation, Dr Quinsey evaluates the possible causes of your heavy bleeding and creates an individualized treatment plan. He recommends both surgical and hormonal treatments.
Hormonal treatments include:
- Birth control pills that minimize your blood loss and menstrual cramping
- Progesterone tablets are effective for hormonal imbalance cases and reduce heavy bleeding
Dr Quinsey also offers minimally invasive procedures, including hysterectomy and endometrial ablation. However, hysterectomy may be an alternative treatment after other treatments fail.
Talk to an obstetric and gynaecologist today
If your bleeding lasts more than normal, you might consider seeing a specialist, affecting your daily routine. Christopher K. Quinsey, MD, performs a comprehensive diagnosis to determine the cause of your heavy bleeding and recommend an effective treatment. Reach out to them by calling their offices to schedule your consultation.