Speak Up: Heavy Bleeding and Talking to Your Doctor
While an astounding one in five women suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding, studies show that women often don’t talk about it with their doctors. While it seems surprising, the truth is, some women feel embarrassed, and others just don’t know what to say, or how to bring up the subject.
But it’s important to find the words, because talking with your doctor about heavy menstrual cycles, which can be due to fibroids, or other health related issues, is the best way to keep yourself healthy.
So, how do you bring it up, if it makes you as uncomfortable as your heavy bleeding itself? First of all, remember that your doctor specializes in gynecological health, and is very comfortable talking about all aspects of it with you. There is nothing to be ashamed of if you suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding. It’s not your choice! Here are a couple of ways you might be able to get the conversation started:
- “I’d like to ask you some questions about my menstrual cycle…”
- “I noticed that my periods are heavier than they used to be…”
- “My heavy periods are causing a lot of disruption to my life, is there anything I can do about them?”
By talking with your doctor, he can offer you information, run tests if he deems necessary, and present treatment options. For women with heavy periods who are done having children, or do not want children in the future, your doctor may talk with you about NovaSure endometrial ablation, which is a simple procedure that can not only reduce heavy menstrual bleeding, but in many cases, actually stop it all together. It works by removing the endometrium, or the lining of the uterus (the part that causes the bleeding), with a quick delivery of radiofrequency energy. Most women are back to regular activities in a few days, and report feeling little to no pain.
Not sure if you have heavy bleeding? Go through this checklist, and if you think you do, make and appointment to have a talk with your physician. You don’t have to suffer with heavy bleeding, when your doctor can offer you options that can improve your health and your life.
Heavy menstrual bleeding checklist
Do any of the following statements apply to you?
- “My period affects my quality of life.”
- “I am bothered by the amount of bleeding or the pain that I have during my period.”
- “My period makes me feel depressed, tired or moody.”
- “I am afraid of having an embarrassing accident.”
- “I have PMS symptoms, such as headaches, during my period.”
- “I bleed more often than once a month.”
- “My period lasts too long.”
- “My period affects my social, athletic, or sexual activities or causes me to miss work.”
- “My life would improve if I could decrease or completely eliminate my period.”
- “I would like to learn about a simple procedure that can help me get back to my life.”
- Posted by holx-admin
- On August 21, 2015