Blossom Women's Health Center
Women's Health Specialists located in Alpharetta, GA
Are irregular periods wreaking havoc with your health and your schedule? If so, Laquita Martinez, MD, FACOG, at Blossom Women’s Health Center in Alpharetta, Georgia, can help you regain control of your menstrual cycle and avoid the discomfort and inconvenience of irregular bleeding. Don’t let your period dictate the course of your everyday life when there are safe and effective treatments available; book your visit with Blossom Women’s Health Center today online or by phone.
Irregular Menses Q & A
What are irregular periods?
Far too many women accept painful or heavy periods as just another part of being a woman. In reality, there is no reason to live with uncomfortable periods or bleeding that gets in the way of your normal routine. If your periods begin to go through noticeable or troublesome changes, however, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Martinez.
Be on the watch for periods that last longer than 8 days, occur more frequently than a 21-day span, or fluctuate between arriving early, late, or not occurring at all. Heavy bleeding, bleeding in between cycles, and abnormal discomfort are also signs of an irregular cycle.
What causes irregular menses?
Irregular periods can be caused by numerous factors, some of which are benign and others that require medical attention. Some of the more common causes include:
- Extreme exercise or diet
- Excessive levels of stress
- Hormonal birth control
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Puberty or menopause
What can be done to treat irregular periods?
Hormonal birth control options can regulate your hormone levels and get your menstrual cycle back on track, or even eliminate bleeding altogether. Birth control options include pills, patches, vaginal rings, injections, implants, intrauterine devices, and more.
You might also find relief by taking NSAIDs like naproxen or ibuprofen for a few days before your period begins to lessen discomfort. If uterine fibroids, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome or other gynecologic conditions are causing irregular bleeding, treatment efforts focus on managing those conditions.
Is endometrial ablation a good choice for heavy periods?
If you have extremely heavy bleeding or long periods, and you’ve tried other treatment methods without success, endometrial ablation may give you relief. Endometrial ablation is typically an in-office procedure to treat irregular menses.
With endometrial ablation, the lining of your uterus is disrupted, effectively reducing menstrual flow. Many women will see greatly reduced flows, while for others, periods may stop completely.
Dr. Martinez works with you to find the best possible treatment path for your needs and long-term goals. Schedule an appointment online or by phone to get started.