Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Advanced Menstrual Care Center

Gynecologist located in Towson, MD and Baltimore, MD

Heavy menstrual bleeding, a condition known as menorrhagia, can cause discomfort, embarrassing accidents, and disruption in your daily activities. At Advanced Menstrual Care Center, in in Towson, Maryland, Steven Tucker, MD, ACGE, FACOG, is an exceptionally experienced gynecologist who expertly diagnoses the underlying cause of your heavy menstrual bleeding. Heavy bleeding during your period may be a sign of an underlying health condition that’s best treated by a medical professional. Call the office to schedule a complete exam or book online.

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Q & A

What causes heavy menstrual bleeding?

Menorrhagia, the medical term for heavy menstrual bleeding, often has no obvious cause, but it may be the sign of an underlying health condition. Numerous possibilities that contribute to heavy bleeding during periods include:

  • Hormone imbalances

  • Uterine cancer

  • Uterine fibroids

  • Ovary dysfunction

  • Pregnancy conditions

  • Sexually transmitted infections

  • Chronic health problems

  • Endometrial polyps

  • An intrauterine device (IUD)

  • Adenomyosis

  • Certain medications

  • Bleeding or blood clotting disorders

  • High stress levels

  • Fluctuations in weight or dietary restrictions

It’s common to experience heavy menstrual bleeding when you first begin your menstrual cycle during puberty or when you’re going through perimenopause – the transitional period that leads to menopause. In both circumstances, estrogen levels tend to be elevated and progesterone levels are lower than at other stages of life. The hormone imbalance is thought to be connected to having heavy periods.

When should I see my gynecologist for heavy menstrual bleeding?

Even if you experience heavy bleeding during your period, it may not be heavy enough to be considered menorrhagia. However, if your symptoms include any of the following circumstances, it may be time to make an appointment with Dr. Tucker:

  • The need to change period protection during the night
  • Using double protection, such as a tampon and a pad, to control blood flow
  • Periods that last more than a week
  • Blood flow that requires the need for more than one tampon or pad every hour
  • Passing large blood clots during your period
  • Inability to participate in daily activities because of your heavy blood flow
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Shortness of breath
  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Bleeding between periods

If heavy menstrual periods impact your quality of life, you should seek medical attention. Dr. Tucker and the caring team at Advanced Menstrual Care Center treat each patient as part of their extended family. They take the time to speak with you about your symptoms and work to find a solution. In many cases, heavy menstrual periods are easily treatable so you can experience less disruption to your life each month.

What treatments are effective for controlling heavy menstrual bleeding?

Treatment for heavy bleeding during your period depends on the underlying causes. Dr. Tucker conducts a thorough examination, talks to you about your medical history, and diagnoses the medical issues that are contributing to heavy bleeding.

Treatment methods may include:

  • Birth control pills, if you’re not trying to get pregnant
  • Oral progesterone medications
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen
  • Hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • Procedures to shrink uterine fibroids, if that’s a factor
  • Endometriosis treatment
  • Hysterectomy if more conservative treatments don’t help

You don’t have to live with heavy menstrual bleeding month after month. Find out what’s causing your symptoms so you can get relief. Schedule an exam online or by phone to take the first step.

We see patients in both Towson, MD and Baltimore, MD. Call now to book your appointment today.