Heavy Periods Specialist

Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC

OB/GYNs located in Midwood, Brooklyn, NY & Upper East Side, New York, NY

Heavy periods can be an indication something deeper is going on with your health. If you have heavy menstrual bleeding, it’s a good idea to schedule an evaluation with the trusted team of providers at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC for an accurate diagnosis. The staff offers on-site diagnostics and comprehensive treatment plans to manage heavy periods. You can book a consultation online or call their offices in Midwood, Brooklyn, or in the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City.

Heavy Periods Q & A

What causes heavy periods?

Heavy periods, or menorrhagia, is a condition where you experience abnormally heavy bleeding or periods that last for an unusually long time. This type of bleeding can lead to anemia, a condition that occurs when your red blood cell count declines.

You may also experience severe cramping as the result of heavy periods that make it difficult to work or go about your normal routine.

What causes heavy bleeding?

There are a number of factors that can trigger heavy bleeding. However, in some cases, the cause of the bleeding remains unknown.

Common factors that can result in heavy menstrual bleeding include:

  • Polyps
  • Cancer
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Ovarian dysfunction

For women who use the IUD method of birth control, heavy bleeding may be a side effect. In this type of situation, you may need to switch your method of birth control to stop the bleeding.

If you use other types of hormonal birth control, such as pills or patches, you may also experience heavy bleeding as a side effect of using estrogen and progestin. Non-hormonal birth control options may resolve heavy bleeding issues.

When should I be concerned about a heavy period?

When periods are heavy enough to soak through sanitary pads within an hour, or you need to double up on the pads to protect you from leaks, you should schedule an evaluation.

Other signs of heavy periods that need medical attention include:

  • Large blood clots
  • Waking up to change pads
  • Bleeding that lasts more than seven days

You may also experience symptoms like chronic fatigue or shortness of breath as a result of losing large amounts of blood.

What treatments are available for heavy periods?

Once your provider at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC determines the cause of bleeding, often through a physical exam or ultrasound, they can recommend the right treatment option to address your needs. Treatment for heavy bleeding may include one or more options, like:

  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Hormone therapy
  • Endometrial ablation

If your heavy bleeding isn’t resolved with these types of treatments, your provider at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC may suggest a hysterectomy to remove your uterus and cervix to permanently treat heavy periods. This type of treatment is usually a last resort because it ends your periods and you can no longer become pregnant.

Don’t struggle with the consequences of heavy periods anymore. Call the office today or book an appointment online to learn more about your treatment options.