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Treatment Options For Heavy Periods

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Many women suffer from #heavy #periods, but not as many women know that there are #treatments available for this. Dr Elizabeth Jackson explains the treatment options available for heavy periods.

For those who have heavy periods it can be frustrating painful and in some cases even you know a bit concerning so please tell me you talked to liz what are some of the causes then for heavy periods there’s a broad range of causes so that can include that the uterus itself has some structural things happening there so fibroids and polyps can cause heavy periods

Also certain conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome where you may not a buell eight and not ovulating can also have a bit of a heavy heavier period some people have bleeding disorders other people it may be at record different stages of their reproductive life so when you’re a teenager and also maybe as you’re approaching the menopause the periods can also

Be quite heavy medical conditions like thyroid problems can also contribute to heavy periods to so many things so what are some of the things that can be done i guess to treat them there’s lots of options so you can take something simple providing you’re not allergic to certain medications you could trial something simple like neurofen or just i’d be proficient

Of any brand there’s another medication non-hormonal called tranexamic acid you need a script for if you wanted to you could just not have a period that’s really safe so you can just take your pill continuously if you’re on the pill prescribed by your gp so then you can skip having your heavy periods being on the pill will usually lighten your period a little

Bit too some people will be on the mini pill to lighten their period other people may take hormonal tablets at the time of the period and then moving on there are some surgical options as well so tell me what other suitable obviously you are yeah pretty amazing on this but there are surgical options which preserve your fertility so that may include doing a

Hysteroscopy so looking inside the uterus and if there’s something that’s reversible like a polyp or a fibroid we go in and treat that and remove it or we can do it in utero and you intrauterine device so an iud like the mirena and that is it can be done in the rooms aside from the at the time of a hysteroscopy and then you’ve got other options which you can’t

Fall pregnant with which include an endometrial ablation zoar burn of the lining of the uterus and that’s a day procedure and then there’s a hysterectomy so sometimes we’re lucky with gynecology if there’s a problem with the uterus if you’ve completed your family removing the uterus can resolve the problems of the period but like it’s different say for example

If you had a heart problem you can’t remove the heart but you with a hysterectomy there are different ways that we can do that one’s a vagina approach one’s an open cut on the belly and then we have what we turn minimally invasive techniques which keyhole surgery so there’s leprous copic with sort of straight sticks which is where we we operate in the surgeon

Opens and closes the instruments in the hands and then there’s the new one now called a robotically assisted total laparoscopic hysterectomy and with that one we put the little ports in the belly we dock the machine and then add the surgeon sits next to the patient operating a machine that will open and close the instruments but the instruments themselves are a

Bit different they bend and can operate backwards on yourself and also there are some other look there are some other advantages that i see with the robotics but yeah it is a there’s a broad range of options available for the management of heavy periods so at this point who is doing robotics again currently with gynecology i’m the only one yeah isn’t she amazing

And you said like if you have to have a hysterectomy now using the robot how the recovery is a lot different how different the recovery yeah it can be different for different people and depends on the reason why you had it and at the time of the operation the complexities but usually on average with a robotic hysterectomy people go home the next day or the day

After and by about two weeks they’re able to return to work we get you to avoid really strenuous activity and sexual activity as well for six weeks but it’s a fairly comfortable recovery compared to the previous sort of open hysterectomies the previous bigger cuts on the belly day which how long would that normal take it’s about six weeks from an open cut on

The belly we’re seeing credible technology these days and this lady’s all over it so if your heavy periods are becoming a burden on your life or forcing you to reschedule plans and all these lots of things oh it’s time definitely to have come and speak to dr. liz ask consider some treatment options thanks for coming in today you

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Treatment Options For Heavy Periods By Parents and Kids of North Queensland