Many women experience heavy periods from time to time. However, a more severe form of menstrual bleeding is referred to as menorrhagia. When you are suffering from this condition, you will be bleeding so heavily that you might struggle to engage in activities because of the bleeding and the cramping. If you are suffering from abnormal bleeding that is on this level, you should speak to an OBGYN. Fortunately, there are options for abnormal bleeding treatment that are available.
Warning Signs That You Need to See an OBGYN
If you are bleeding enough that you need to change your tampon after less than two hours, you will want to schedule an appointment with an OBGYN. This is especially the case if you are also bleeding in between periods. You will need to have the underlying cause of your heavy bleeding treated by a professional.
How to Prepare for Your Meeting
You will want to keep accurate records of any changes in your menstruation. Your OBGYN will ask you questions about your menstruation and whether you pass any large blood clots. Your blood clots should not be larger than a quarter.
How Your Doctor Will Diagnose You
Your doctor will run several tests, including a blood test. They will want to determine if you have any specific medical disorders and whether you have an infection. They may also perform a biopsy in which a sample of your tissue is removed from your body. This will be to diagnose conditions such as endometriosis and cancer.
Treatments for Menorrhagia
For your menorrhagia, you might be placed on hormone treatment to regulate your heavy bleeding. In some cases, your condition will need to be treated surgically. When you are suffering from a uterine fibroid, you may need a myomectomy. A hysterectomy is necessary if you have a very large uterine fibroid. Your doctor may also be able to use embolization to cut off the blood supply to the uterine fibroid.
If you are suffering from endometriosis, the treatment will depend on the severity of your condition. For very severe cases of endometriosis, you may simply need pain medication to manage the symptoms. However, in more severe cases, your doctor may place you on a hormone that will temporarily stop your period. In the most severe cases, surgery is required. However, there is no reason for you to suffer through your heavy periods, and there might be a way that an OBGYN can help.