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Irregular or Heavy Periods

Navigating Irregularities with Confidence

We recognize that the menstrual journey is unique for every individual.

At The North Texas Center for Women’s Health, we know experiencing irregularities or heavy flow can pose challenges that deserve attention and support.

Navigating the complexities of menstrual health is a shared journey. Whether you’re seeking to learn more about irregular or heavy periods or considering the potential benefits of Endometrial Ablation, we invite you to embark on a journey toward informed choices and empowered well-being.

Welcome to a space where your menstrual health is not just a topic but a priority. We invite our Sherman area patients to call (903) 893-1116 to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing irregular or heavy periods.

Irregular or Heavy PeriodsWhat it is

Irregular or heavy periods refer to menstrual cycles that deviate from the typical pattern or involve excessive bleeding. Irregular periods are menstrual cycles that occur irregularly or have abnormal patterns. This can include having shorter or longer periods, inconsistent cycle lengths, or unpredictable bleeding. Irregular periods can be caused by various factors such as hormonal imbalances, stress, certain medical conditions, or changes in weight or lifestyle.

Heavy periods involve excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding. This can result in changing sanitary products frequently, passing large blood clots, or experiencing significant disruption to daily activities due to heavy flow. Hormonal imbalances, uterine fibroids, polyps, adenomyosis, certain medications, or underlying medical conditions can cause heavy periods.

Know your options

Irregular or heavy periods can be treated through various approaches, including medication, hormonal therapies, surgical interventions, and lifestyle modifications. In cases where other treatments haven't been effective, surgical interventions may be considered. Procedures like endometrial ablation can help reduce or stop heavy bleeding.

Endometrial AblationWhat it is

Endometrial ablation is a medical procedure used to address specific conditions related to the uterus, particularly heavy or abnormal uterine bleeding. This innovative and effective treatment option aims to enhance our patients' well-being and quality of life.

During an endometrial ablation, the skilled medical team at NTCWH utilizes advanced techniques to carefully remove or destroy the lining of the uterus, known as the endometrium. By doing so, this procedure significantly reduces or even eliminates menstrual flow, offering relief from heavy periods and associated symptoms.

How it works

Endometrial ablation is a medical procedure that aims to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding by destroying or removing the lining of the uterus, known as the endometrium. The process begins with the doctor inserting a slender tool called a hysteroscope through the vagina and cervix into the uterus. Depending on the method employed, the actual ablation could involve radiofrequency, freezing, heated fluid, balloon therapy, microwave, or electrosurgery. Each technique uses different means to heat or freeze the endometrial tissue, thereby destroying it.

After the procedure, there may be side effects such as nausea, cramping or discharge. It's important to note that this procedure often reduces fertility and is not recommended for women who wish to become pregnant in the future.

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Irregular or Heavy Periods

Frequently asked questions

Endometrial ablation may be recommended for women who experience heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding that significantly affects their quality of life. It is typically considered after other conservative treatment options have been explored.

Endometrial ablation is not a guarantee for permanent results. While it can significantly reduce or stop menstrual bleeding, there is a chance that some women may experience a return of heavy periods over time. Regular follow-ups with a healthcare provider are recommended.

Endometrial ablation is not a recommended procedure for women who wish to preserve their fertility. It is considered a permanent contraceptive method, as it significantly reduces the chances of getting pregnant. If pregnancy is desired in the future, alternative options should be explored.

The recovery time after endometrial ablation is generally short. Most women can resume normal activities within a few days. Some may experience cramping, mild pelvic pain, or discharge for a few weeks following the procedure.

Even though endometrial ablation is a form of permanent contraception, it is still essential to use contraception until menopause is confirmed. This is to ensure that pregnancy does not occur and to prevent complications.

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