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Options in this category may include NSAID’s (like Motrin and Aleve). These medications are known to help with menstrual cramping, but many patients are not aware of their utility in decreasing menstrual flow as well. The results may not be dramatic, but some improvement may be noticed.
3. Minor Procedures
Dilation and Curettage (D & C) with Hysteroscopy is when a narrow camera (hysteroscope) is inserted into the uterine cavity to visualize its anatomy, evaluating for endometrial polyps, fibroids or other abnormalities. D&C uses a narrow curette to obtain a tissue sampling
Endometrial Ablation procedures usually involve electrosurgical heat to cauterize the lining of the uterine cavity, resulting in significant decrease in menstrual flow. This option is only offered to women who have completed childbearing.
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This is the surgical removal of the uterus, and the most definitive solution when other treatment options have failed. Offered only when childbearing is complete.
Different routes for surgical removal – abdominally, vaginally, laparoscopic assisted, or robotic assisted – will be recommended by your doctor based on size of the uterus, your history of previous pelvic surgery, and their surgical expertise.
Consult your healthcare provider if you have concerns about your period being too heavy. For more detailed information visit the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) website and search “menorrhagia.”
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