If heavy bleeding disrupts your daily schedule and lowers the quality of your life, you are not alone. Many women struggle with heavy bleeding, which often affects their ability to walk comfortably, sleep and exercise. Dr. Quinsey may have the perfect solution if you are struggling with Lake Mary heavy bleeding.
Signs that you have heavy bleeding
Heavy menstrual bleeding, medically known as menorrhagia, is prolonged or abnormally heavy bleeding. While many women experience heavy menstrual bleeding, it is rarely severe enough to be labeled menorrhagia. The disorder prevents you from completing your daily activities and can result in cramping and severe blood loss.
Normal menstruation should last between two and seven days, producing an average of 8 tablespoons of blood. If you experience bleeding that requires you to change your sanitary pads every hour, it may be abnormal uterine bleeding. The average menstrual cycle often lasts about 28 days, but 21 and 40 days are acceptable. Bleeding outside the regular periods may indicate an underlying medical condition.
Dr. Quinsey addresses symptoms such as bleeding between periods, large blood clots, bleeding while pregnant, fatigue and bleeding after menopause. If you suspect you have heavy bleeding, inform your doctor for a comprehensive exam.
Factors contributing to heavy bleeding
Many factors can double your risk of having heavy bleeding. Dr. Quinsey addresses medical conditions such as:
- Uterine fibroids
Uterine fibroids are benign growths in a woman’s uterus during her child-bearing years. Fibroids rarely cause symptoms but can lead to abdominal cramping and heavy bleeding when they enlarge.
- IUD problems
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a type of contraception that your doctor attaches to your uterus to prevent pregnancy. If the device shifts out of place, it can result in heavy bleeding.
Miscarriage occurs when you lose your fetus before it reaches 20 weeks. The signature symptom of miscarriage is heavy bleeding.
Cervical, uterine, and ovarian cancers all interfere with a woman’s reproductive system. If left untreated, it can result in heavy bleeding or even death.
Available treatments for heavy bleeding
During your appointment, Dr. Quinsey will conduct a comprehensive physical exam to identify the cause of your heavy bleeding. He may also perform several tests, including a sonohysterogram to identify defects in the uterine lining and a hysteroscopy to check for fibroids and polyps. Other diagnostic tests include an endometrial biopsy, a Pap Smear, blood test, and MRI. After diagnosis, he may offer surgical or hormonal remedies for heavy bleeding. Your treatment plan will rely on the trigger of your heavy bleeding.
Dr. Quinsey may first offer nonsurgical treatments such as hormone therapy, iron supplements, desmopressin nasal spray, and Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists. If your health condition doesn’t improve, he may recommend more aggressive treatments like endometrial ablation, hysterectomy, uterine artery embolization (UAE), and myomectomy. Your provider may educate you about these treatments before helping you choose the safest and most effective approach.
If you suspect you have menorrhagia, call Dr. Quinsey or visit the website to create an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.