A large number of women suffer from abnormal uterine bleeding, also referred to as abnormal periods. In fact, OB-GYN Montgomery County Dr. Rania Ibrahim reports that one-third of all women will have abnormal periods at some point in their lifetime.
An abnormal period is one in which there is an unusually large amount of bleeding and/or a period that lasts for more than seven days. The most common causes are benign tumors of the uterus – called fibroids – and hormonal imbalances.
According to your OB-GYN Montgomery County, there are several treatment options available for women to consider.
Nonsurgical treatments: There are many nonsurgical treatments for abnormal periods. For example, many birth control methods – such as pills, shots and IUDs – will control bleeding.
Surgical treatments: Surgery should only be considered by women who are absolutely sure that they don’t want any more children. While birth control methods can help to reduce bleeding, for some, it’s just not enough. For patients who have tried nonsurgical treatments without success – or for those who do not want to be on long-term therapy – there are other options to consider. These surgeries are known as endometrial ablation and hysterectomy.
Your OB-GYN Montgomery County performs endometrial ablation, which is a procedure that involves removing the uterine lining to significantly reduce bleeding and shorten the length of your period. This is a great surgical option for women who do not want children in the future and for those who want a quick solution to their problem with no hormones or the need for a hysterectomy. In fact, 95 percent of women find that their periods are improved and for some, their periods cease entirely.
For pre-menopausal women, the only way to stop bleeding completely is via a hysterectomy, which is a surgical procedure that involves removal of the uterus. Your OB-GYN Montgomery County performs hysterectomies through tiny incisions using laparoscopy. The incisions are so small they don’t even need a bandage. It is still major surgery, but with a much shorter recovery period.
Abnormal periods are uncomfortable, but there are solutions to relieve the pain and lessen the bleeding. If you are experiencing abnormal periods, call the office of OB-GYN Montgomery County Dr. Rania Ibrahim today to find a treatment plan that is right for you.