Menorrhagia is excessive menstrual bleeding that lasts more than seven days. With the need to change your pad or tampon after less than two hours, you pass clots the size of a quarter or larger due to heavy bleeding. It’s recommended that you consult a doctor with this type of excessive bleeding. If left untreated, there are many downsides to menorrhagia such as a lower quality of life, especially once a month during your menstrual cycle. If left untreated, anemia may also occur, leaving you feeling tired and weak.
Menorrhagia can be caused by uterine related problems, such as fibroids, hormone-related problems, other other rare diseases like von Willebrand or platelet function disorder. Your doctor may prescribe drug therapy to help your menorrhagia with iron supplements, ibuprofen, birth control pills to regulate hormones and cycle, or other drug medications. In more serious cases, your doctor may prescribe a dilation and curettage (D&C), operative hysteroscopy, endometrial ablation, or even a hysterectomy. Many women perceive “heavy bleeding” differently, but if you show symptoms mentioned above, there’s no harm in asking your doctor for help. Many women do not know that there are treatment options for menorrhagia, or are too embarrassed to ask. About one of every five women are diagnosed with menorrhagia, so talking with your doctor openly (that’s what they’re there for, anyway! Trust us, they’ve seen it all) is important for your health.
If you think you may have menorrhagia, contact Dr. Kowalski with the Nevada Surgery and Cancer Center. Performing thousands of hysterectomies over the years, Dr. Kowalski is an experienced and compassionate doctor who will help you on the road to recovery, should a hysterectomy be the right choice for you. For more information about the NVSCC and Dr. Kowalski, visit our website or call at 702-739-6467.