Heavy Periods Specialist

Jacqueline Bracy, MD

Gynecologist located in Glendora, CA

Heavy periods are common, as they’re estimated to affect 25-54% of all women. In spite of their frequency, however, they’re not normal, and they often interfere with enjoying daily activities or may even cause iron deficiency anemia. Dr. Jacqueline Bracy encourages you to come in for an exam if you have heavy periods. She can determine the underlying cause and provide treatment to relieve the bleeding. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Glendora, California.

Heavy Periods Q & A

What defines a heavy period?

Considering that each woman’s menstrual flow is different, it’s hard to know when menstrual bleeding is unusually heavy, or heavy enough to consult Dr. Bracy.

If your period meets any of the following, then it’s abnormally heavy and should be evaluated by Dr. Bracy to be sure it’s not the sign of a serious problem:

  • Bleeding lasts more than 7-8 days
  • Bleeding soaks through one or more tampons or pads every hour
  • Need to wear more than one pad at a time
  • Need to change pads or tampons during the night
  • Pass blood clots that are the size of a quarter or larger

What causes heavy periods?

Heavy menstrual periods can be caused by many different gynecologic conditions. Dr. Bracy can get to the underlying reason by performing a pelvic exam and various types of diagnostic tests, as necessary, such as ultrasound and blood work.

A few common causes of heavy periods include:

  • Uterine fibroids: benign growths of muscle in the uterine wall
  • Uterine polyps: growths that develop on the uterine lining
  • Adenomyosis: uterine lining found within the wall of the uterus
  • Irregular ovulation: often caused by polycystic ovary syndrome and hypothyroidism
  • Gynecological cancer: heavy bleeding is an early sign of endometrial cancer

How are heavy periods treated?

Dr. Bracy may prescribe hormonal or other types of medications to stop the bleeding. When medication doesn’t relieve the problem, the doctor may recommend one of several procedures:

Endometrial ablation

The endometrium, which is the lining of the uterus is shed every month, which causes your period. The ablation procedure destroys the endometrium. When the endometrium is destroyed, bleeding is either significantly reduced or it stops.

Uterine artery embolization

Uterine artery embolization may be done if uterine fibroids cause your heavy bleeding. The blood vessels feeding the fibroids are blocked, so the fibroids stop growing.

Myomectomy

This is another procedure for fibroids in which Dr. Bracy removes the fibroids while leaving your uterus intact.

Hysterectomy

Partial or total removal of your uterus is the last treatment considered when all other options fail.

You don’t need to put up with heavy periods. You can get help by calling Dr. Bracy.