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Menorrhagia 200x200It’s estimated that about one in five women suffer with menorrhagia. This is the heavy bleeding that can continue for more than seven days during a menstrual period or is so heavy that you must change a sanitary pad or tampon every few hours. Menorrhagia is a condition that affects all ages, from young women experiencing their first menstrual period to those who are approaching menopause.

Menorrhagia often occurs when a menstrual cycle does not produce an egg, leading to a hormone imbalance that can thicken the lining of the uterus and cause more menstrual bleeding. Uterine fibroids, use of a non-hormonal IUD and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease can also cause this heavy bleeding.

Treatment for menorrhagia includes medication, surgery and other procedures. The right treatment for you can depend on the cause and severity of the condition and other factors like your childbearing plans, as some treatments will mean you can’t become pregnant.

Medications to treat menorrhagia include over-the-counter NSAID pain relievers like Advil, Motrin and Aleve that can help reduce menstrual blood loss and the use of oral contraceptives that can regulate your menstrual periods to reduce heavy bleeding. Using a hormonal IUD will thin the uterine lining and can decrease menstrual blood flow and cramping.

Surgical treatments for menorrhagia can remove uterine fibroids, scrape tissue from the lining of your uterus to reduce bleeding or remove the uterus in a hysterectomy. Endometrial ablation such as NovaSure uses radiofrequency, laser or heat energy to remove the uterine lining. The procedure is often done on an outpatient basis in a doctor’s office in a matter of minutes. After ablation you’ll need to use a contraceptive until menopause to prevent pregnancy.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax