Lakeside Women's Hospital

Health Care Designed Exclusively for Women

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

How do I know if my period is normal?

During your menstrual cycle, your body prepares for the possibility of becoming pregnant. During the first half of your cycle, estrogen and progesterone hormone levels rise and thicken the lining of the uterus to protect the egg released by an ovary each month. If an egg is fertilized, it will embed itself into the new thick lining of your uterus. However, if no egg is fertilized, your body sheds the excess lining over the course of several days in the form of menstrual blood or, your period.

What causes my heavy periods?

There are many potential causes for heavy periods, such as hormone imbalances, fibroids and polyps, infections, and bleeding disorders.

  • Hormonal imbalances occur when a woman is not producing the right balance of estrogen and progesterone. It is very common, especially when a woman begins or ends her reproductive years. This imbalance may also be caused by the wrong combination of hormone therapy.
  • Fibroids and Polyps are abnormal growths or tumors inside the uterus. These may be removed if they are causing uncomfortable symptoms.
  •  Infections of the uterus or cervix can be serious and cause symptoms including excessive bleeding. Infections are commonly treated with antibiotics.
  • Bleeding Disorders that impair blood clotting (thickening of the blood to slow or stop its flow) are serious disorders that need medical attention. If you think you have this disorder, it is important to see your doctor as soon as possible.

Higher risk candidates for heavy periods include
  • Women who are overweight
  • Women who have hormonal imbalances
  • Women who have never been pregnant
  • Women with thyroid problems or diabetes
  • Women over 35
Heavy Bleeding for prolonged periods

A new ablation procedure is available to help women with heavy or prolonged periods - It’s more common than you think. Every year about 650,000 American women have surgical hysterectomies because they have heavy or prolonged periods. - Now there is an alternative - Endometrial ablation offers an effective alternative to hysterectomies. It is often chosen when other medical treatments have failed or are otherwise undesirable. This procedure involves the removal of the lining of the uterus, which is the source of the bleeding. According to recent studies, most women feel that endometrial ablation relieves the problem with their period. 9 out of 10 of women who have this procedure are satisfied with the results. After the procedure, the women who were satisfied with it reported lighter periods or normal periods. Some women said that their periods stopped completely after endometrial ablation.

To find out more about endometrial ablation call 405-936-1000 or schedule an appointment with one of the Lakeside Physicians.

Lakeside Women's Hospital is partially owned by physicians. These include: Susan Chambers, Whitney Driver, Valerie Engelbrecht, D. Nelson Fong, Margaret Hall, Laura Mackie,
Jennifer Nelson, Dana Stone, Lisa Wasemiller-Smith, and William Miller.

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11200 N. Portland
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73120
Phone: 405-936-1500
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