Bladder & Pelvic Health, Gynecology
Dr. Lee Halpern, lead physician with Women’s Healthcare Associates of Bucks County in Langhorne, PA, answers common questions surrounding heavy menstrual bleeding – a condition that millions of women experience every month.
Many women experience heavy periods, but this isn’t necessarily abnormal. In general, abnormally heavy bleeding is typically bleeding that causes you to:
Heavy bleeding can range from an annoyance to a major lifestyle interruption. Abnormally heavy bleeding can disrupt your sex life, result in fatigue and exhaustion, and even cause you to lose iron content, ultimately resulting in anemia. For this reason, it’s very important to speak with your provider to explore just how much of an impact your bleeding may have on your overall health – and what personalized treatment plans may be an option for you.
You’re not alone – nearly 1 in 5 women in the U.S. experience heavy bleeding. However, many women who experience heavy bleeding tend to also experience underlying conditions such as fibroids or obesity. Additionally, certain medications can contribute to the amount of bleeding a woman experiences. Nevertheless, heavy bleeding is understandably concerning, and your OB/GYN provider should be willing to discuss your concerns and potential solutions with you.
No. Heavy bleeding does not at all mean you are more likely to have cervical cancer. But, your provider will likely want to ensure you are up to date on your Pap smear to review results and rule out potential concerns. With or without heavy bleeding, women should have a Pap smear every 1-3 years, depending on the recommendation of your provider.
Luckily, there are many ways to treat heavy bleeding, ranging from non-surgical to surgical options. Birth control contraceptives are a good example of a non-surgical option for some women. Minor procedures, such as endometrial ablation, can be performed on an outpatient basis. Endometrial ablation involves a burning process that destroys the uterine lining, often resulting in lighter periods – or not periods at all. It’s absolutely best to speak with your OB/GYN for a proper diagnosis and discussion around appropriate treatments.
To schedule a consult with Dr. Halpern or one of her teammates at Women’s Healthcare Associates of Bucks County, call (267) 607-5950
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