OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explains treatment options for long or heavy periods.
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Treatment Options for Long Periods Dr. Lisa Masterson: And we have different treatments, if it's hormonal, then we fix it with hormones, like birth control pills which we have right here. Because these did not only act as contraception but also balance out your hormones, and they actually act as medication as well. So a lot of times we’ll use this, sometimes we use procedures like dilatation curettage. Or sometimes we’ll use other type of techniques got instance there is an IUD, which is also another type of contraception but one has a progesterone in it which is a special type it can actually decrease the amount of bleeding that you have. And so this is an IUD that we normally use, it's called the Copper T IUD, that’s something that looks like this in the uterus it forms a T inside of the uterus. It's about the same size as this contraceptive method here, which is the progesterone containing one. And this really shows you the apparatus that we use to place the IUD. This is the actual size, it goes into the uterus, we put it to the cervix and it lays in the uterus just like that and the progesterone releases and helps decrease bleeding. Also like Depo- Provera shots or progesterone shots can do as well. So, yes you want to fix it, because it's for your health, for lifestyle, for your relationships, lots of different ways, you’ve got to talk with your gynecologists. Dr. Jim Sears: That’s a lot of blood to lose every month right? Dr. Lisa Masterson: Yes, and that’s why some women will end up needing transfusions or in a hospital, it can be very -- Dr. Travis Stork: I have them come to the ER quite a bit when the bleeding increases and their blood counts have dropped to a dangerous level. Dr. Lisa Masterson: So, it's serious, yeah. Dr. Travis Stork: Well, Lisa thank you for answering Lisa’s question, thank you.

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