Heavy Periods Specialist

Lake Mary Gynecology

Sonia Enriquez, MD

Gynecologist located in Lake Mary, FL

Heavy periods are common, causing about one-third of women of childbearing age to seek treatment. However, heavy periods are also abnormal and benefit from an evaluation with Sonia Enriquez, MD, at Lake Mary Gynecology. Dr. Enriquez is an experienced gynecologist who takes a patient-centered approach to care. She works with you to develop a plan to improve your heavy periods and your quality of life. Call the office in Lake Mary, Florida, or schedule a consultation online today.

Heavy Periods Q & A

What are the symptoms of heavy periods?

Heavy periods, medically known as menorrhagia, are not normal. 

Signs and symptoms of heavy periods include:

  • Bleeding longer than seven days
  • Needing to change your tampon or pad every few hours
  • Doubling your menstrual pads to prevent leakage
  • Having large blood clots during your menstrual flow
  • Fatigue
  • Anemia

Women with heavy periods may also feel the need to modify their daily routine because of their abnormally heavy flow. They may need to take time off from work or from their social schedule because of the potential for leakage.

If you have a heavy period, schedule a consultation with Dr. Enriquez at Lake Mary Gynecology so she can help you find the cause of your menorrhagia and develop an effective treatment plan. 

What causes heavy periods?

Your heavy periods may be a symptom of an underlying gynecological condition. 

Common causes of heavy periods include:

  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Polyps
  • Ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

You may also experience heavy periods after the placement of a nonhormonal intrauterine device (IUD). 

Though heavy periods can develop from an underlying medical issue, in some cases the cause is unknown. 

What happens during an evaluation for heavy periods?

When you visit Lake Mary Gynecology for an evaluation, Dr. Enriquez first spends time talking to you about your symptoms and concerns.

She conducts a physical and a pelvic exam and may run various tests to confirm or rule out an underlying cause to explain your heavy menstrual bleeding. Testing may include blood work, ultrasound, and/or an MRI. 

How are heavy periods treated?

Dr. Enriquez creates a treatment plan for the management of your heavy periods based on the underlying cause. To reduce your menstrual flow, she may prescribe medication such as tranexamic acid or a type of contraception, such as the hormonal IUD.

If medication fails to improve your heavy periods, Dr. Enriquez may recommend various procedures to reduce bleeding, such as surgery to treat uterine fibroids or endometriosis. 

She may also perform an endometrial ablation to treat heavy periods in women who have no future pregnancy plans. 

Don’t let your heavy periods dictate your life. Call Lake Mary Gynecology or schedule an appointment through the online booking tool today.