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Cause and Treatment Options

Some women dread the end of their monthly cycles because of heavy bleeding associated with their periods. Menorrhagia or “flooding” is more common among teens or women entering menopause. Women who have had children or who suffer form anemia can also experience heavier blood flow. Doctors gauge menorrhagia by milliliters of blood, but most women instinctively know when their period is heavier than normal.

Heavy bleeding is associated with higher levels of estrogen and lower levels of progesterone. More estrogen causes a thicker lining to build in the uterus. This lining is shed during a woman’s period. Higher estrogen levels often occur during the teen years and as hormone levels are shifting at the start of menopause. The good news is that heavy bleeding is not associated with endometrial cancer.

There are treatments for excessive menstrual flow, so there’s no need to suffer in silence. Treatments can include oral contraceptive pills or progesterone therapy. Progestin-releasing IUDs can also be effective. Dr. Amy Siegel is skilled in treating menorrhagia and understands how heavy bleeding can affect a woman’s lifestyle. To make an appointment with Dr. Siegel, call: 201-225-2555.

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