Heavy menstrual bleeding can become the bane of your existence. During your period, you may restrict activities and even clothing choices due to fears and discomfort. Significant blood loss may render you anemic. Heavy periods can affect your work and productivity.
There are operations that can control heavy bleeding, but some may affect fertility. Fortunately, many women respond well to non-operative approaches to control heavy menstrual bleeding. Contact a Greenwich gynecologist to discuss your options.
Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
Most women go through at least one day of heavy blood flow during each period, generally the first or second day. For many women, that is normal, but for other women, the bleeding is so heavy that daily life is affected.
Such women may have to use double the amount of sanitary protection to keep the flow at bay, and find excessive clots in the blood. If a woman goes through more than one pad or tampon per hour, it is considered heavy bleeding.
Tranexamic acid tablets, marketed under the brand name Lysteda and available only via prescription, are taken only during the menses to reduce heavy bleeding. This medication does not contain hormones and it is not used for birth control.
Women suffering from heavy menstrual periods experience fibrinolysis, or rapid blood clot breakdown. Lysteda works by moderating the body’s ability to regulate blood flow.
For many women, the rate of bleeding is cut in half and life proceeds as normal. The doctor will prescribe the number of Lysteda pills each patient should take daily during her period.
Lysteda Contraindications and Side Effects
Women taking birth control containing both estrogen and any progestin should not take Lysteda. Any women with a history of blood clots should not take this drug, nor should women with a history of leukemia. Women under age 18 should not take Lysteda.
Common Lysteda side effects include:
- Back pain
- Abdominal pain
- Sinus/nasal issues
- Joint or muscle pain
Rare but serious side effects include eye problems and shortness of breath. A woman experiencing either side effect should seek medical help immediately and stop taking Lysteda.
Contact Dr. Jacobson Today
If you are interested in a non-operative approach to control heavy menstrual bleeding, call Dr. Edward Jacobson’s office today to make an appointment to discuss your options.