Heavy menstrual bleeding is common among women, but it may be debilitating or even dangerous in some cases. At Marina OB/GYN in Marina Del Rey, Hawthorne, South Gate, Long Beach, Torrance/ Gardena, Carson & East Los Angeles, CA highly trained practitioners offer the least invasive approach to stopping the heavy bleeding. This includes, but not limited to, endometrial ablations, hysteroscopic myomectomy (removal of fibroids) and placement of Mirena IUD’s to reduce or eliminate heavy bleeding and restore your quality of life without pain or downtime. Call the office to learn more or use the online booking feature today.

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What is heavy menstrual bleeding?

Heavy bleeding in women occurs when you lose a large amount of blood during your menstrual periods or even between you menstral period.  It usually involves bleeding that lasts longer than seven days or has more blood flow than what’s considered normal during menstruation. You might need to change your pad or tampon every hour for several hours at a time or pass large blood clots.

Heavy bleeding affects about 27-54% of women who menstruate. It can cause iron-deficiency anemia and the fatigue that often comes with it. Treatment with the Marina OB/GYN team allows you to have lighter, more manageable periods.

What are the risk factors for heavy bleeding?

While any woman can experience heavy bleeding, the most common risk factors for developing it include:

  • Hormone imbalance
  • Thyroid disease
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in women
  • Polyps
  • Fibroids
  • Uterine cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Some medications

Your OB/GYN specialist determines the cause of heavy bleeding, so they can offer the most appropriate treatment.

What are the risk factors for heavy menstrual bleeding?

To pinpoint the root cause of heavy bleeding, your Marina OB/GYN provider asks about your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle habits.

They check your vital signs, complete a physical and pelvic exam, and order diagnostic tests. Examples include blood tests, a hysteroscopy, an endometrial biopsy, an ultrasound, an MRI, or cervical cultures or biopsies to test for infections.

Your Marina OB/GYN provider asks about your preferences before tailoring a treatment plan that’s best for your personalized needs.

How is heavy uterine bleeding treated?

The right treatment to reduce heavy bleeding depends on whether or not you plan to have children in the future. The Marina OB/GYN team may recommend an iud, arm implant ( nexplanon ), iron supplements, hormone replacement therapy, medications, or birth control. You may need more than one type of treatment to achieve superior results.

If you don’t plan to have children in the future, they offer painless endometrial ablation that destroys the lining of uterine tissue to reduce or eliminate heavy menstrual bleeding.

To get relief from crippling heavy bleeding, call the Marina OB/GYN office or schedule an appointment online today.