It's estimated that only one-third of women seek help for heavy menstrual bleeding, even when their flow interferes with their daily activities. Dr. Edward S. Wagner has treated many women with heavy menstrual bleeding and encourages you to get an evaluation, because it may be a sign of an underlying health problem. If you wonder whether your bleeding is too heavy, call Dr. Wagner's office in Hollywood, Florida, or book an appointment online today.
Many women aren't quite sure when their menstrual bleeding is heavy enough to justify seeing a doctor. You can compare your periods to the guidelines below, but please don't hesitate to call Dr. Wagner if you have any questions or concerns about your period.
If you have one or more of these, your periods qualify as heavy:
It’s important to have heavy menstrual bleeding evaluated by Dr. Wagner because some of the underlying causes can lead to long-term problems if they go untreated. For example, endometriosis causes heavy bleeding and it’s also one of the top causes of infertility — a problem many women don’t discover until they try to become pregnant.
The most common causes of heavy menstrual bleeding include:
Dr. Wagner may prescribe hormone-based treatments such as birth control pills to lighten menstrual flow, make periods more regular, or to stop bleeding. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may help when heavy bleeding occurs during perimenopause. Dr. Wagner may also consider other medications, depending on the cause of your bleeding.
When medications aren't successful or if diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound and hysteroscopy indicate the need, Dr. Wagner may recommend surgery to treat heavy bleeding. Dr. Wagner performs most procedures using minimally invasive surgery, and some may be performed in the office.
Surgical procedures include:
If you have any questions or concerns about your menstrual periods — whether they're too heavy or you have moderate to severe pain — call Dr. Wagner or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment today.