Menstrual Disorders

Common menstrual disorders can include excessive menstrual bleeding, missed periods, painful periods and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Excessive menstrual bleeding occurs in about 20% of women at some point in their lives.  This is often related to hormonal changes such as the changes that take place during menopause.  Excessive menstrual bleeding can cause anemia, which can in turn create excessive tiredness, low energy or fatigue.  This issue can often be effectively treated with birth control pills, IUD insertion or a procedure called 'uterine ablation'.

Missed or absent menstrual periods are another commonly occurring menstrual disorder. The most common cause of a missed menstrual period is pregnancy.  It can also be related to hormonal disorders or low body weight.  Together we will investigate the possible causes of missed or absent periods in your situation and work with you to create a plan for getting your body back on track (or begin prenatal care!).

Painful menstrual periods are also a common problem.  Many women experience cramping or other discomfort during their periods. This can be effectively treated with a broad range of herbal, dietary, physical or medicinal remedies.

Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, can occur for some women.  This can include bloating, breast pain, fatigue, constipation, irritability, crying or sadness and other mood changes.  PMS can be effectively treated, also with a wide range of options.

If you are experiencing menstrual disorders, please schedule a visit with a Vivante midwife for an assessment to help you to create a plan for treating your menstrual problem.