Heavy Bleeding

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Heavy Bleeding

Postby minniepauz » Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:38 am

There's a good article in USA Today about women who suffer from heavy bleeding. Here are some of the solutions and then a link to the article below:

for women who want less bleeding, or none, there are treatments. They include:

•Hormones. Hormones in regular low-dose birth control pills reduce bleeding to tolerable levels for many women. They "are quite safe for most women, as long as they are not smokers," Minkin says.

•Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Mayo is starting a study this month to see how one such drug, Naproxen, compares with other approaches. But early studies suggest the drugs, taken during periods, help slow bleeding, Famuyide says.

•An intrauterine device (IUD) containing a progestin hormone. The Food and Drug Administration could soon approve the Mirena IUD for treatment of heavy periods, Munro says — a move that would allow the already available birth control device to be marketed for that purpose. The IUD stops periods in about 20% of women and greatly reduces bleeding in others, says manufacturer Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. Downside: It can cause irregular spotting for a few months.

•Endometrial ablation. Doctors can use a variety of tools to destroy the lining of the uterus (endometrium) and end or reduce bleeding in women who are sure they want no more children. In a Mayo study, 23% of women had no more periods after ablation and just 16% sought a second ablation or hysterectomy. Bleeding stopped in 75% of women who were older than 45, had normal-size uteruses and had the procedure done with a radio-frequency device, Famuyide says.

•Hysterectomy. It's still an option and, despite higher risks and costs, is favored by some women because it always ends periods. Some doctors use newer techniques that shorten recovery time.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/pai ... th20_N.htm
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