Period Problems

We at Women’s Care believe you shouldn’t have to suffer with your periods.

Many women suffer from a range of difficulties with heavy, painful periods or even from absent or sparse periods. Ask your Women’s Care provider if these issues are a concern to you. Your Women’s Care doctor is an expert on diagnosing and treating these issues.

Heavy Periods: Heavy periods can be a sign of problems with your endocrine system or reproductive system, or due to problems with bleeding disorders. They can lead to anemia and cause you to feel tired, fatigued and easily exhausted. Heavy periods can also be a large stressor to a woman’s life.

Heavy periods are frequently evaluated with bloodwork and a pelvic ultrasound done in the privacy and comfort of your Women’s Care provider’s office. Immediately after the ultrasound, you can review the quality results with your provider and determine if further testing is needed, and which treatment is most appropriate for your life.

Further testing for heavy periods can include an endometrial biopsy, sonohysterography, or hysteroscopy. These evaluations can detect and possibly treat conditions in the uterus that can cause heavy bleeding. These conditions include endometrial polyps, fibroids, endometrial hyperplasia and endometrial cancer.

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periodproblems-polypsEndometrial Polyps: Endometrial polyps are thickenings in the lining of the uterus that can cause heavy and irregular bleeding. They must usually be removed to treat the bleeding and ensure the polyp is not cancerous. This is done during a hysteroscopyand endometrial polypectomy.

Fibroids: Fibroids are benign tumors of the muscle layer of the uterus. They can cause heavy bleeding, pressure and pain. Fibroids are diagnosed on clinical exam and ultrasound. Depending on their clinical presentation, fibroids can be watched or treated with a variety of different techniques, both medical and surgical. Please speak to your Women’s Care provider if fibroids are a concern to you.

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Endometrial Hyperplasia: Endometrial hyperplasia is a potentially precancerous condition of the lining of the uterus (endometrium). It can cause heavy or irregular bleeding. This can be the only warning sign of this condition that causes uterine cancer. It can be treated medically or surgically based on the specific type of endometrial hyperplasia that is diagnosed.

Cancer of the Uterus: Endometrial cancer is a type of uterine cancer. Warning signs can be irregular heavy bleeding, bleeding between periods or bleeding after menopause. If you are experiencing these symptoms, please get an appointment with a Women’s Care provider! Any bleeding between periods or heavy bleeding should be taken seriously and evaluated. Evaluations to diagnose uterine cancer include endometrial biopsy, ultrasound, hysteroscopy and D&C.

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Treatment for Heavy Periods: Heavy periods can be successfully treated in a variety of different manners. Medical treatment can range from NSAIDS (non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications) to hormonal support. Medications such as progesterone, oral contraceptive pills and anti-inflammatories can be used. The Mirena IUD can also be used to treat heavy bleeding.

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Sometimes surgical procedures are indicated to treat heavy periods. These procedures include hysteroscopy, polypectomy, D&C- gynecologic, endometrial ablation, hysterectomy.

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Painful Periods/Dysmenorrhea: We at Women’s Care believe you shouldn’t have to suffer from painful periods. Many women of all reproductive ages suffer from painful periods every month. There are many successful treatments to alleviate this pain. Your Women’s Care provider focuses solely on women’s health issues like painful periods. Call today to schedule an appointment to discuss painful periods.

Causes of painful periods include ovarian cysts, hormonal imbalances, uterine abnormalities like fibroids, endometriosis, and many other conditions. Evaluation for painful periods can include pelvic examination, pelvic ultrasound and other testing. Treatment for painful periods can include hormonal support like birth control pills, NSAIDs, or a variety of other medical treatments. Exercise and other non-medical treatments can provide healing benefits as well.

Once childbearing is complete, surgical options like endometrial ablation and hysterectomy can be considered.

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Infrequent Periods: Pay attention to irregular periods. Infrequent periods can be caused by a variety of conditions. Diagnosis is made by pelvic examination, bloodwork and possibly an ultrasound to check for endocrine disorders and ovarian disorders like PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.) Treatment is based upon the findings. Treatment typically involves hormonal medications and can be tailored for those who are desiring contraception and for those who wish to get pregnant. Please speak to your Woman’s Care Doctor today if infrequent periods are troubling you.

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