Menstrual Disorder Treatment
Rely on the medical team at Lowcountry OB/GYN for all of your gynecological medical needs. Our physicians are available to diagnose the cause of menstrual disorders and develop treatment customized to your specific situation. If you experience irregular periods, frequently missed periods, or symptoms that are overwhelming, get in touch with us to schedule an appointment.
Understanding Menstrual Disorders
The menstrual cycle is a natural part of being a woman, but it is important to recognize that every woman is different. What may be considered “normal” for one woman may not be for another. With that in mind, we encourage you to remain in tune with your own body so you can recognize when something is wrong. Menstrual disorders are characterized as abnormal, uncomfortable, and/or debilitating. Common causes for menstrual disorders include:
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Thyroid Disorders
- Clotting Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
- Cysts on the Ovaries
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
This is marked by physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms that occur before the first day of your menstrual cycle. There are a host of symptoms associated with PMS including:
- Mood Swings
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
This is a severe form of PMS with heightened symptoms that are incapacitating. Additionally, anger, anxiety, tension, and irritability are especially prominent in PMDD.
This is also referred to as heavy menstrual bleeding. In general, bleeding during a period lasts for 5 to 7 days. While all women vary in the amount of blood released, heavy bleeding requires tampons or pads to be changed once an hour or more frequently. When bleeding interferes with your daily life and inhibits you from performing normal activities, this is considered heavy menstrual bleeding.
This condition is when a menstrual period does not occur for more than 3 consecutive cycles. Primary amenorrhea is when menstruation does not commence at puberty. Secondary amenorrhea is when periods become irregular or absent later in life and can be due to excessive exercise, eating disorders, ovulation abnormalities, or a thyroid disorder.
It is common for women to experience cramping before or during their menstrual period; however, when cramps are so severe that they are debilitating, this is called dysmenorrhea. Diarrhea may also occur as a result of this condition.
Schedule Your Appointment
Treatment depends on what specific menstrual disorder is being experienced and the symptoms associated. It could range anywhere from diet and lifestyle changes to medication and, in some instances, surgery. Trust that we are with you every step of the way to guide you through your treatment options and help you strive for a healthy and more comfortable life. Get in touch with us to schedule an appointment to start your journey.