Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Is there medication I can take?
Yes. There are several hormonal and non-hormonal medication options that can be prescribed to regulate heavy menstruation. High-dose ibuprofen is sometimes used to slow the blood flow during your period as well.
Certain medications may not be appropriate for women at risk for blood clots (smokers, women with high blood pressure, migraine sufferers, prior history of blood clots, and genetic disorders that increase the changes of clots). Talk with your doctor about the best option for your particular needs.
I don't really want to take medication, but I also don't want to have surgery. Is there anything else I can do?
For some women, an outpatient procedure that removes the uterine lining is an option. This nonsurgical procedure is called “endometrial ablation” and can curb bleeding or stop it altogether. This is done in your provider’s office, surgery center or hospital.
What if I've tried everything except surgery, and nothing has seemed to help control my heavy periods?
For some women medication interventions and non-surgical procedures may not be effective. In such cases a partial or full hysterectomy may be necessary. Talk with your doctor for more information on this surgical intervention.
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