Menorrhagia occurs in 1 out of every 5 women and is defined as unusually heavy and/or long-lasting menstrual periods.

Many women do not seek treatment because they are embarrassed to discuss their periods; they think their bleeding is normal because it has always been that way; or they are afraid of the treatment options. If your period lasts a long time or is so heavy you need to change pads or tampons every 1 or 2 hours, then you may have menorrhagia. There are several different ways to treat your heavy periods, including hormones, hormone-releasing IUD and D&C; and for women who are finished having children, hysterectomy and endometrial ablation are also options. Endometrial ablation is a procedure that permanently removes the lining of the uterus through the quick delivery of radio frequency energy.

Your Ob/Gyn physician can perform endometrial ablation in the office or under general anesthesia. This procedure can put an end to your heavy periods and the resulting symptoms. Approximately 95% of patients experience little to no significant pain during the procedure and it does not require incisions. Patients go home the same day and are typically back to work in 1 or 2 days. Most women see a great decrease in their level of menstrual bleeding with about 91% of women reporting normal bleeding or less and 40-50% reporting no bleeding at all. Many women also had a significant reduction in painful periods and PMS symptoms.

You and your doctor can decide which treatment option is best for your menorrhagia.

At Ferns, Matile, Perryman, & Moore, MD’s, PC, we provide comprehensive obstetric & gynecologic care - including complete obstetric care & delivery, as well as preventative gynecologic services and surgeries. We offer full prenatal care, ultrasound and delivery services. We deliver at St Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, located near the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri.

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