Treatment of menorrhagia will depend on the underlying cause. Women who experience persistent excessive bleeding should discuss with their healthcare provider whether to take iron supplements to prevent anemia.
If there is no medical disorder causing your menorrhagia, your doctor may prescribe the following:
These may include:
- Hormone therapy (estrogen and/or progestogen hormones by mouth, skin application, vaginal application, or injection)
- An IUD that releases a progestogenic drug (Mirena)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), and mefenamic acid (Ponstel, Ponstan)
Procedures may include:
- Dilation and curettage (D&C)
- Operative hysteroscopy—A long, thin instrument is inserted into the uterus that can aid in removal of a polyp or fibroid.
- Endometrial ablation or resection—The surgical removal of the lining of the uterus using heat, microwave, or surgical tools. After this procedure, you will not be able to carry a pregnancy.
- Hysterectomy —The surgical removal of the uterus. After this procedure, you will not be able to carry a pregnancy. If the ovaries are also removed, early menopause will follow.
Your age, overall health, and medical history should be considered when choosing treatment. Discuss with your doctor your plans for having children.
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