Heavy Menstrual Period Treatment in Columbus, OH

Menstrual periods can change throughout a woman’s life, but consistently heavy bleeding may signal a problem that can be treated. Many women experience heavy periods, but it is not normal and is something that needs to be discussed with a physician. 

What is Considered a Heavy Period?

If a patient experiences any of the following problems, it is recommended that they speak to their doctor:

  • Bleeding that last longer than 7 days
  • Soaking through more than one tampon or pad every hour several hours in a row
  • Needing to change a pad or tampon during the night
  • Experiencing large blood clots

Women should seek immediate medical care if they have soaked through their normal tampon or pad in an hour for more than 2 hours, or feel lightheaded. 

When Heavy Periods Signal a Problem

A number of things can cause heavy periods, but it can signal a health concern and lead to more serious problems. 

A Uterine Growth

Heavy periods can be caused by a growth in the uterus, either a fibroid, which is a noncancerous tumor that develops in the uterine wall, or a polyp, which is a growth made up of endometrium tissue. 

Pelvic Conditions

Heavy menstrual bleeding is one a common symptom of a variety of pelvic conditions, including:

  • Adenomyosis- a condition where the inner lining of the uterus breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus. 
  • Endometriosis- a condition in which the endometrium grows outside of the uterus on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or the intestines.
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome- a hormonal disorder that can cause the ovaries to become enlarged and develop small collections of fluid
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease- an infection of the reproductive organs that can be a complication of some STDs. 

Irregular ovulation, an ectopic pregnancy, and endometrial cancer can also result in heavy periods. 

Diagnosing the Cause of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding 

The gynecologist will begin to diagnose the cause of heavy periods by looking for signs of a condition, infection, or abnormal growth. They may also do a pelvic exam, pap test, ultrasound, hysteroscopy, or endometrial biopsy. 

Treatment for Heavy Periods

The doctor will decide the best treatment plan for each individual patient depending on what is causing the heavy periods. Medication, including hormonal birth control, can lighten a woman’s period or even stop bleeding altogether. If medication isn’t successful, there are surgical and non-surgical options to treat the problem that can be discussed with a doctor, including:

  • Endometrial ablation
  • Uterine fibroid embolization
  • Myomectomy 
  • Hysterectomy

Schedule an Appointment

Comprehensive Women’s Care offers treatment options for heavy menstrual bleeding, including the uterine endometrial ablation procedure. Schedule an appointment today by calling (614) 583-5552.

COVID-19 Update

Due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19, we are taking steps to protect our patients, employees and their loved ones. We can all play a role in slowing the speed at which the virus spreads.

As your healthcare provider, we are committed to your health and safety. Starting on March 16, we will be rescheduling all routine well visits/annuals appointments.

This DOES NOT include our pregnant patients or anyone who needs an urgent appointment.

This DOES include anyone with routine, follow up, and/or annual visits who do not have any abnormal issues. If you are elderly, immunocompromised, or have underlying medical conditions, please do not come into our office during this time.

Your health is important to us and we welcome you to call our office if you need any help deciding if you need to reschedule your appointment.

If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please do not come to the office for an appointment. Please instead call us to reschedule.

We have always been very welcoming of additional support people and children in our office, but at this time, we are asking that you do not bring any guests to your visits. If you need assistance and a support person is necessary, please call our office so arrangements can be made.

This is only temporary for the safety and well being of ALL our patients at CWC.

The situation is fluid, and we are continually reassessing it.

We will be offering telemedicine appointments beginning March 23rd.

We will be updating you regularly, and we welcome you to call our office to speak to our staff with any questions or concerns.

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