As a woman in your 20s or 30s, you know you have better things to worry about than heavy bleeding. The good news is that, with hormonal intervention available to you through your gynecologist, you can cross that heavy bleeding off your list of things to deal with.
If you’re not already keeping track of when and how long you’re bleeding, you’ll want to start now. Gynecologists will often ask questions about the length and frequency of your periods to better understand your personal menstrual cycle. (Don’t have a gynecologist in the area? Let us help you find one.)
Your gynecologist will probably also want to know how much you’re bleeding; if you’re flooding a pad an hour for more than eight days; if you’re passing clots; and how much pain you’re experiencing as a part of your cycle. While these questions may seem uncomfortable for you, your answers provide valuable information to your gynecologist in order to help you make the best decisions about your body and health. You’re always on the run in your younger years, but now is the time to get in the healthy habit of making (and keeping) appointments for your annual exam.
If you’re still considering children
Women looking for a better way to control their periods but who are still interested in eventually becoming pregnant will typically use hormones in pill form or an IUD (intrauterine device). These hormone options will make periods lighter and significantly more manageable. Occasionally, if you’re still considering children, gynecologists will recommend an ultrasound get a better idea of just exactly what is going on with your body. The important thing to remember is that you don’t have to live with heavy bleeding.
If you’re past your child-bearing years
If you’re finished having children but are still dealing with unusually heavy periods, your gynecologist may recommend endometrial ablation. Not suggested for younger women, ablation is a quick outpatient procedure where the endometrial lining of the uterus is made inactive. Because it’s such a simple procedure, you can expect to feel better and head back to work within a day or two.
Heavy bleeding is something that can be easily treated with the help of your doctor. If you don’t already have one, let us help you find a doctor near you. Or call 317-338-4HER to talk to a registered nurse.