You’ll go through between 400-500 periods during your lifetime. While not always pleasant, your menstrual cycle shouldn’t interfere with your daily life. If heavy periods cause you to alter your lifestyle each month, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Padmaja Sharma at Fremont OB/GYN in Fremont, California.
Also called menorrhagia, heavy periods make it so you can't maintain your everyday activities during your period due to the amount of blood loss and cramping. Symptoms of heavy periods include:
In addition to cancer, medications, and liver and kidney disease, common causes of heavy periods include:
Dr. Sharma does a physical exam to determine the cause of your heavy periods. This evaluation includes blood tests, a Pap test, an endometrial biopsy, and an ultrasound.
Dr. Sharma uses individualized medicine to determine the best course of action for your heavy periods. Some of the more common therapies include over-the-counter pain medications and oral contraception as well as intrauterine devices to help with the symptoms associated with heavy periods.
In extreme cases, Dr. Sharma helps relieve your heavy periods with surgery. The surgical procedures associated with heavy periods are:
If heavy periods are interfering with your life, call or make an appointment online today in the intimate office run by Dr. Sharma at Fremont OB/GYN.