Heavy menstrual bleeding is more common than you might think. It is estimated that about 1 in 20 women consult their gynecologist about it every year. No matter how common it is, however, it can really disrupt a woman’s life and could potentially be an indication of a bigger health problem.
Menstrual bleeding is considered to be “heavy” if it meets any of the following criteria:
Heavy menstrual bleeding could potentially be a sign of an underlying health problem that may require treatment. Blood loss due to heavy periods can lead to a condition called iron-deficiency anemia which can cause shortness of breath and increase the risk of heart problems.
There are many possible causes for heavy menstrual bleeding which may include:
Some causes are not known but no matter what the cause, you should always consult your gynecologist to help find the best solution.
When you have an appointment with your OBGYN regarding heavy menstrual bleeding, he/she may ask you questions about the following:
From there, you may have a physical exam which may include a pelvic exam while some laboratory tests may be conducted. Your doctor may also have you take a pregnancy test and tests for sexually transmitted infections. Depending on your particular symptoms and your answers to the above criteria, your doctor may need to conduct additional tests.
If you are experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding, we want you to know that you do not have to go it alone. There are treatments out there including medications and procedures that may be able to help the problem. Contact our office today or call 757-461-3890 in order to find out what your options are.