Menstrual flooding, or extremely heavy menstrual bleeding, can be a serious problem. Dr. Lisa shares treatment options for women who suffer from flooding.
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A Treatment for Menstrual Flooding Lisa Masterson: And you probably experienced something that we call flooding which is a little different than just that menorrhagia or heavy bleeding which just means maybe you bleed longer or you bleed just a little bit heavier. Flooding is actually when the blood gets soaked and it’s like opening a vein or something like that. The blood is just pouring. But there are options, there are options. When you’re on blood thinners, it’s very difficult to take hormones, but hormones for some women who have the flooding experience is an option. Progesterone or IUDs, IUDs with hormones in them can also help. Then there’s also things like endometrial ablation. And endometrial ablation would be a great option for you because you don’t want to go through a big surgery like hysterectomy. Female: No, I’ve had enough surgery. Thank you. Lisa Masterson: Already having a heart condition. And so it’s something you can do. Any office basically you put a little electrode through the cervix into the uterus and this can be done in a variety of ways. The graphic we have here is showing heat and what happens is a metal sheath unfolds inside the uterus and heats up the lining of the endometrium. It basically oblates it or destroys it so that there’s no more bleeding, no more build-up of the lining. And so that’s a great option for because it’s an outpatient, non- invasive surgery, won’t have that much effect on your body as much as a hysterectomy. So again you have to tell you doctor about this and there are options.