Women know that periods are simply a part of life that we expect to manage until we reach menopause. For most women, these periods are minor inconveniences and discomforts that cause minimal disruption in our lives. For a surprisingly large number of women, though, periods go beyond a minor inconvenience. They come with an irregularity or an excessive amount of bleeding, making them more difficult to manage. In fact, according to the CDC, about one in five women in the US have heavy periods.
If you have been struggling with unwieldy periods, you aren’t just the victim of bad luck. There are simple treatments out there that can help. Let’s take a closer look at heavy periods and irregular periods and how endometrial ablation may help.
How to Know if Your Period is Too Heavy or Irregular
Some women don’t realize their periods are heavier or more irregular than expected because they don’t discuss these details with their healthcare providers or other women, so they don’t have any comparisons. A period is considered to be abnormally heavy if you’re soaking through a tampon or pad every two hours or more frequently. A period is also abnormal if your bleeding lasts longer than eight days, or if your bleeding is heavy enough to cause anemia.
What to Do if You Have Heavy or Irregular Menstrual Bleeding
If your menstrual bleeding is heavy or irregular, the most important step to take is to discuss this with your gynecological healthcare provider. Your heavy periods or irregular periods could just be your body’s variation of normal, or they could be a sign of an underlying health condition like fibroids, endometrial polyps, a thyroid condition, or other issues.
Our providers will be able to discuss your periods and get to the bottom of their cause. Just as importantly, we’ll review treatment options so you don’t have to continue struggling with heavy or irregular menstrual bleeding.
How Endometrial Ablation Can Help
Endometrial ablation is a procedure that can have a tremendous impact on women who suffer from heavy or irregular periods and do not plan to have children in the future. This procedure is non-surgical, using any of several safe methods to break down your endometrium, or uterine lining. Your body responds to endometrial ablation by forming scar tissue, ultimately stopping or dramatically reducing the flow of your periods.
Keep in mind that there are several ways we can treat heavy or irregular bleeding depending on your health needs and your desires for having children in the future. Treatments can range from medications or an IUD to a hysterectomy. Many women find that endometrial ablation is a good “middle ground,” giving you longer-lasting results than medications or IUDs but avoiding the need for a surgical hysterectomy.
If You Struggle with Heavy Periods or Irregular Periods, We Can Help
Every woman expects to be managing a monthly period for several decades of her life, but if your period is more than a mild inconvenience because of heavy bleeding or irregular bleeding, you don’t need to suffer through it with supersized pads and tampons. We’re here to talk through your concerns and find the best way to help you have more balanced, milder periods, whether your best option is endometrial ablation or another type of treatment.
To take the first step toward an easier period, call Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today to request your appointment. In the meantime, you can also follow along with us on Facebook and follow our medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics, on Instagram for more health tips for women.