Heavy Bleeding Specialist

For Women, Ltd.

Javier E. Fajardo, MD, FACOG

OBGYN located in Streeterville, Chicago, IL

About one-third of menstruating women complain of heavy bleeding. However, just because it’s common doesn’t mean you have to live with it. As a leading OB/GYN serving women throughout the greater Chicago area, Javier E. Fajardo, MD, FACOG can help you find the cause of your unusual periods, so you can get relief. Book your appointment at For Women, Ltd. by calling the office, or by using the online booking feature.

Heavy Bleeding Q&A

What is considered heavy bleeding?

While you should menstruate monthly, it’s not normal — or healthy — to bleed excessively. Menstrual periods are heavy if they:

  • Last more than seven days
  • Soak through pads or tampons hourly
  • Require you to combine tampons and pads
  • Require you to change pads or tampons overnight
  • Have clots that are as big as a quarter or larger

Not only is heavy bleeding uncomfortable and embarrassing, but it could also be the sign of an underlying health issue. That's why it’s important to find the cause and seek treatment.  

Why do I have heavy bleeding?

Blood loss from abnormally heavy periods can lead to iron-deficiency anemia, which affects your blood and heart functions. So, the sooner you start treatment, the better it is for your overall health. You might have heavy bleeding because of:

  • Uterine fibroids or polyps
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Certain medications
  • Intrauterine devices
  • Tumors or cancer
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

It’s also possible to experience heavy bleeding if you have irregular periods. If you don’t ovulate regularly, the lining of your uterus (endometrium) thickens. When you do finally menstruate in this case, it’s heavy due to the extra shedding of your uterine lining.  

How is heavy bleeding treated?

Your treatment for heavy bleeding depends on the cause. Many women benefit from oral birth control pills that stabilize your cycle and help regulate your periods. If you have fibroids, polyps, or another similar issue, you might need surgery.

Dr. Fajardo specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques, often with a laparoscope or hysteroscope. He may use these tools to diagnose your condition or to perform a myomectomy or polypectomy to remove abnormal tissues or masses, without having to extract your reproductive organs.

You may also benefit from endometrial ablation with NovaSure® if you don’t plan on getting pregnant in the future. This five-minute minimally-invasive procedure involves gently removing your uterine lining without the need for incisions or extensive surgery. This way, your uterus stays completely intact. NovaSure helps resolve heavy period issues for 90% of women who have the procedure.

If you have heavy bleeding, visit Dr. Fajardo to get started on your personalized treatment plan. Schedule your appointment at For Women, Ltd. either online or over the phone.