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Eliminating Heavy Periods - Health Education

Millions of women experience heavy menstrual bleeding

Many begin to have heavy or irregular bleeding in their 30s and 40s as they get closer to menopause. Heavy periods are more than just a hassle—they can take a physical, social and emotional toll on women as well. Fortunately, several options exist to reduce menstrual bleeding.

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Eliminating heavy periods

Kristen Williams, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist at Fairview Clinics – Elk River, regularly treats women who are concerned about irregular or heavy periods. To pinpoint the cause of the problem, Dr. Williams begins with a detailed evaluation of the patient’s medical history. The next step is a thyroid/hemoglobin test to check for hormonal imbalances. Ultrasounds and biopsies are often necessary to determine the cause of irregular periods.

Treatment options may include medications or a progesterone-releasing intrauterine device. If those don’t help, endometrial ablation may be an option for women who no longer plan to bear children.

Endometrial ablation can reduce or stop menstrual bleeding by removing the endometrium, or the uterus lining (the part that causes the bleeding). There are several types of ablation—one of the more common types is using a quick dose of radiofrequency energy called NovaSure®. The endometrium heals by scarring, which usually reduces or prevents uterine bleeding.

Immediately after an ablation procedure, some women may experience cramping, mild pain, nausea or vomiting; however, most women are able to return to their normal activities within a day or so. But be sure to follow any instructions from your doctor, no matter how good you’re feeling—every woman is different. Plan to give your body a good three months to fully heal on the inside and resume its normal cycle. Then, you and your doctor should be able to tell what your “new” cycle and periods will be like.

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