Marina OB/GYN provides patients with several treatment options for dysfunctional uterine bleeding, known colloquially as heavy periods and medically as menorrhagia.
Dr. Lipeles works diligently to find the root of the cause so the condition can be treated both effectively and efficiently. Each patient is treated on an individual basis and provided the highest level of health care possible. Dr. Lipeles has alleviated the symptoms of dysfunctional uterine bleeding in women throughout Marina Del Rey, Hawthorne, and beyond.
Abnormal or dysfunctional uterine bleeding is most often caused by a hormone imbalance. This can occur because of the onset of menopause or due to fluctuations in the hormones after a major reproductive event, such as childbirth. Abnormal bleeding can also be attributed to cysts, fibroids, and other conditions that affect a woman's reproductive system.
Certain types of infections, like sexually transmitted diseases or those that affect the cervix, can also cause some degree of dysfunctional uterine bleeding. In some cases, a person's weight may play a role in how their reproductive system functions. It can also be a cause of abnormal uterine bleeding. When you visit Dr. Lipeles to discuss abnormal bleeding or heavy periods, he will listen to your concerns and provide treatment options that will alleviate your symptoms.
How Is Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding Treated?
Treatment of dysfunctional uterine bleeding will be determined by its cause. Medications and hormone replacement therapy will control abnormal bleeding that results from hormonal imbalances and certain health conditions like endometriosis.
Young girls who are experiencing their first menstrual cycles may have abnormally heavy periods for the first few months, but will eventually become more regular as they get older. Women who have severe uterine bleeding that is the result of fibroids, cysts, or tumors may need to have a more extensive treatment plan in place. Surgical procedures such as ablation techniques or a hysterectomy may be recommended. At Marina OB/GYN, Dr. Jamie Lipeles provides patients with several treatment options for dysfunctional uterine bleeding. He works diligently to find the root of the cause so the condition can be treated both effectively and efficiently.
One of the least invasive ways to treat heavy menstrual bleeding is oral contraception, also known as the birth control pill.
Women that experience heavy or irregular periods may benefit from the treatment. Aside from preventing pregnancy, the birth control pill helps to regulate the menstrual cycle for more predictable bleeding and potentially shorter periods for women with long periods that last longer than they should.
Some women find intrauterine devices (IUDs) to be their preferred treatment over daily oral contraceptives. When an IUD is placed, a controlled dose of hormones is released locally without the need to take a pill each day. Like the birth control pill, it likewise causes lighter periods that help some women find relief for long or heavy periods.
With “the pill” or IUD, patients have the benefit of knowing what to expect when their menstrual cycle is about to begin. Please note that these forms of contraception may initially cause irregular or breakthrough bleeding as the body adjusts to the hormones. This is temporary. Taking the pill as prescribed, ideally at the same time each day, without skipping days, reduces the chance of this happening by maintaining a steady stream of hormones.
Endometrial ablation for heavy menstrual bleeding is an effective treatment for many women, so long as they do not wish to carry a pregnancy in the future. This procedure carefully removes a thin layer of tissue or endometrium, that is lining the uterus. There are no incisions required.
Instead, your provider ablates the uterine lining. This is a proven effective way to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding. Certain medical reasons may disqualify some women from treatment. For example, women that have an IUD, an active or recent pregnancy, past surgeries for fibroids, or an abnormally shaped uterus may mean that other treatments are necessary instead.
Women who suffer from advanced endometriosis, irregular periods, or fibroids that have not responded well to other types of treatment may be possible candidates for a full or partial hysterectomy.
A hysterectomy is often recommended when abnormal or dysfunctional uterine bleeding becomes so severe it affects the woman's overall health. Excessive bleeding can lead to anemia and other health conditions resulting in fatigue and other conditions that can affect your quality of life. Dr. Lipeles will normally only recommend a hysterectomy if the woman has reached a specific age, has had more than two children, or their health may be at stake. Each situation is different and all of the options should be carefully weighed before making such an important decision.
A hysterectomy is a last-resort surgical treatment option for heavy bleeding that fails to respond to less invasive treatments. A hysterectomy surgery removes the uterus, and, in certain cases, other areas of the female reproductive system. For some patients, this may include the fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix, or surrounding structures. A hysterectomy is considered the most intensive treatment for heavy bleeding.
Since a growing baby develops in the womb (uterus) during pregnancy the treated patient cannot conceive naturally. Because it causes a woman to become unable to bear children by natural means, it is only recommended in severe cases that pose a threat to a woman’s health or wellbeing. A hysterectomy is considered the most intensive treatment for heavy bleeding. Since a growing baby develops in the womb (uterus) during pregnancy the treated patient cannot conceive naturally. Because it causes a woman to become unable to bear children by natural means, it is only recommended in severe cases that pose a threat to a woman’s health or wellbeing.
Benefits of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System
This cutting-edge technology has changed the way hysterectomy is performed today. Compared to types of hysterectomy, the da Vinci system has many benefits. These include:
Dr. Jamie Lipeles is passionate about helping women in Marina Del Rey and surrounding areas find relief for feminine concerns that are ailing them, such as irregular bleeding or excessive bleeding during menstruation. It is his goal to treat each patient with the care and attention they deserve.
Dr. Lipeles will listen to your concerns and provide medical treatments to improve your condition so that you may live more comfortably and healthfully in terms of your feminine health. Each patient is treated on an individual basis and provided the highest level of health care possible. Dr. Lipeles has alleviated the symptoms of dysfunctional uterine bleeding in women throughout Marina Del Rey, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Venice, Westchester, El Segundo, Playa Vista, Culver City, and the greater South Bay area.
Get Relief for Unusual or Heavy Bleeding Today
To learn more about how to stop heavy periods, we invite you to speak with a provider at Marina OB/GYN at a private, 1:1 consultation. You may call our friendly reception team or book an appointment using the easy online scheduling system. We look forward to meeting you.