Heavy Periods

Randye Karmin, MD -  - Gynecology

Miami Women Care

Randye Karmin, MD

Gynecology & Women's Health Specialist located in Dadeland, Miami, FL

Heavy periods affect your quality of life and are sometimes an indicator of an underlying health issue. Count on Randye Karmin, MD, and the team at Miami Women Care, to diagnose the cause of heavy periods in order to help regulate your cycle or reduce the heavy flow. In addition to medications, Dr. Karmin offers in-office treatments include endometrial ablation with NovaSure®, a five-minute procedure to lighten or eliminate a heavy period. Call the office in the Dadeland area of Miami, Florida, or book your consultation online.

Heavy Periods Q & A

How do I know whether I have a heavy period?

Heavy menstruation is where your period lasts longer than seven days, or when you bleed through one or more tampons or pads hourly for a number of hours in a row. Needing to change a pad or tampon at night is another sign that your period is heavy. 

What causes heavy periods?

Heavy periods are sometimes a sign of an underlying health condition or another factor. Causes include: 

  • Fibroids
  • Polyps
  • Endometriosis
  • IUD side effect
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Miscarriage
  • Ectopic pregnancy

Adenomyosis is another cause of heavy periods. This is a condition where the lining of your uterus grows into your uterine wall.

Should I see a gynecologist for heavy periods?

It's best to visit Dr. Karmin at Miami Women Care if you’ve experienced heavy periods. Dr. Karmin performs a pelvic exam and may suggest appropriate lab tests, an ultrasound, or other diagnostic tests to pinpoint the source of the issue.

How are heavy periods treated?

Dr. Karmin bases your treatment plan on the underlying reason for your heavy period. For example, hormonal birth control can address heavy periods due to:

  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Ovulation disorders

Other medications can help to reduce your menstrual flow, make your cycle more regular, or even stop your period altogether. If medications aren’t helping, Dr. Karmin may suggest a procedure such as a hysteroscopy to remove fibroids or polyps, if indicated, or possibly endometrial ablation.

How does endometrial ablation address heavy periods?

The endometrium, the lining of your uterus, causes your menstrual flow when it sheds. Endometrial ablation is an in-office procedure to treat your endometrium so that it can no longer grow every month and cause a heavy period. 

Miami Women Care offers NovaSure® endometrial ablation, which dramatically reduces or stops heavy periods in the majority of women who have the treatment.

What happens during an endometrial ablation?

Dr. Karmin dilates your cervix a bit before inserting a slender wand that holds a mesh device. Once inside your uterus, the mesh expands to fit the contours of your uterus, then delivers precise doses of radiofrequency (RF) energy to treat your endometrial lining. 

The RF treatment lasts only about 90 seconds. Dr.Karmin then gently retracts the mesh and removes the device to complete your procedure.

If you’re ready for an effective treatment for heavy periods, call today or book a consultation online with Dr. Karmin at Miami Women Care.