Women are unable to get pregnant after a hysterectomy or endometrial ablation, but that's not the case with all procedures. For example, a myomectomy gets rid fibroids, and a polypectomy removes polyps; both are minimally invasive procedures that don't remove or even cut the uterus. The MyoSure® procedure is considered the gold standard for myomectomies and polypectomies. To perform this simple
There are a variety of options available, including lifestyle changes, medication and minor procedures. For example, the NovaSure® procedure can be done in five minutes or less, and it only has to be performed once to lighten or stop your periods. It is safer than a hysterectomy, –hysterectomy has a 41% rate of complications compared to just 9% for endometrial ablation –and many women can return to work the day after the procedure. On average, women who underwent endometrial ablation lost 26 fewer work days annually* than those who had a hysterectomy.
Many women believe a hysterectomy is the only way to end the misery of heavy periods. Not true! Talk to your doctor about your options.
Women who are over age 35, overweight, have never been pregnant, and/or have a hormonal imbalance are at higher risk for heavy periods.
Uterine polyps are small protrusions of tissue that grow on the uterine lining.
Fibroids are noncancerous tissue growths in the muscle walls of the uterus.
Heavy periods, or menorrhagia, are periods that have excessive or prolonged bleeding. Some clues that your period is heavy include changing pads or tampons every one to two hours, passing blood clots larger than a dime, needing to wear more than one sanitary product to prevent an "accident," avoiding your usual activities and/or missing work because of your period.
It’s estimated that heavy periods affect 1 out of every 5 women aged 35-49, or about 10 million women.
Every woman's body is different, so it can be difficult to determine what a "normal" period is. Generally, a period cycle lasts about 28-35 days, with bleeding that lasts 5-7 days. Unfortunately, there are millions of women who suffer from menstrual cycles that detour far from what is considered a cycle. Learn more about heavy period symptoms.
Erratic cycles that vary in flow from month to month are common, especially as a woman approaches her menopausal years. Heavy bleeding is not considered normal, even if it doesn't occur every month.