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Heavy Periods? We Can Help!
Are Heavy Periods Ruining Your Life?

Menstrual Problems affect the the lives of many women. If your periods are lasting more than seven days and/or are exceedingly heavy, clotty or other otherwise causing major problems for you, we can very likely help you!
There are many reasons your period might be heavy and/or problematic. There are anatomic reasons such as fibroid tumors (muscle tumors that grow in the uterus), adenomyosis (where the lining of the uterus grows into the muscular portion of the uterus), polyps of the uterus, cancers of the uterus or cervix (rare), endometriosis, and others. There are also hormonal reasons such as thyroid or other endocrine disorders or ovarian problems such as polycystic ovary. There are also bleeding disorders and other issues that can cause heavy periods.
The first step in helping you is to review your medical history thoroughly and do some diagnostic testing. A thorough exam including a Pap smear (if indicated) will be performed. Blood work, ultrasound and evaluation of the lining of your uterus are also frequently indicated. Ultrasound can also be extremely helpful in furthering the diagnosis.

Depending on the results of the above tests and your medical history and other personal issues, we can usually find a fix for your problem. Sometimes correcting hormonal issues can solve the problem. Other times, surgery may be indicated. This can range from hysteroscopy (visualization of the inner lining of the uterus) with removal of polyps or fibroids, endometrial ablation (destruction of the lining of the uterus that causes periods -- see Novasure) or even more invasive therapies such as partial or total see Hysterectomy.

Regardless of the diagnosis, or possible treatment,rest assured we can usually find a solution that will satisfy and always remember you're in good hands at James River Ob/Gyn.
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