Irregular periods – possible causes and treatments
Irregular periods, possible causes and treatments
Menopause, which typically affects women ages 40 to 59, often causes irregular periods. While hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was a popular treatment for menopause, recent studies have linked HRT to higher incidences of heart disease, cancer and strokes. Dr. Bobkins says, “For women who have severe menopausal symptoms, I can prescribe medications to ease their discomfort. I often recommend estrogen cream for vaginal dryness and hormone-free medications for hot flashes.”
Other causes and treatments
Stress, significant weight gain or loss, thyroid disease, anemia, hormonal imbalances, fibroids, polyps or endometrial cancer can also be the cause or irregular periods. Depending on the diagnosis, recommended treatments might include life-style changes, medications, and nonsurgical or surgical gynecologic procedures.
If surgery is necessary, providers at Fairview hospitals, clinics and independent affiliated obstetricians and gynecologists offer several gynecologic surgery options. They provide minimally invasive (little or no cutting or scarring) laparoscopic hysterectomies, vaginal slings and permanent birth control along with robot-assisted surgeries for your complete gynecologic needs. “I believe that all aspects of an individual — physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual — should be taken into account when determining the best treatment plan,” says Dr. Eckhardt.
From breast health to OB-GYN concerns, heart health to osteoporosis, Fairview offers comprehensive coordinated health services for women of all ages. Our dedicated women’s health specialists deliver preventive care, including annual screenings and expert, individualized care through all stages of a woman’s life.
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|Fairview Clinics - Elk River|
290 Main St NW
Elk River, MN 55330
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14500 99th Ave. N.
Maple Grove, MN 55369
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606 24th Ave. S. Suite 700
Minneapolis, MN 55454