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    Dealing with Heavy Menstruation: Causes and Treatments

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Each woman experiences menstruation in a unique way. There is no set standard for “normal” menstruation. However, women who experience very heavy bleeding are advised to consult a local gynecologist. A gynecologist may diagnose women with menorrhagia, or very heavy menstrual bleeding. Gynecologists can also identify the underlying cause of menorrhagia and discuss treatment options.


    There are many potential causes of heavy menstruation. Teenage girls, women who are approaching menopause, and women who use hormonal birth control may experience heavy menstruation. In these cases, it may be caused by changes in hormone levels. Other medications may also interfere with hormone levels. Gynecologists can help patients correct improper hormone levels. However, sometimes heavy menstruation can indicate a more serious problem. For example, it may be caused by uterine cancer, bleeding disorders, or infections. Other possible causes include uterine fibroids, endometrial polyps, and certain issues associated with pregnancy.

    Non-Invasive Treatments

    There are a variety of treatment options available to women who experience heavy menstruation. Gynecologists may recommend non-invasive treatments such as medication. Birth control pills or intrauterine devices (IUDs) may also help women suffering from heavy menstruation. Women might also try tranexamic acid, a non-hormonal drug.

    Minimally Invasive Treatments

    Endometrial ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that is commonly used to treat menstrual problems. This procedure may involve the use of cryotherapy, heated fluids, or high-energy radiofrequencies to destroy the endometrium. The endometrium is the uterine lining. Destroying the lining reduces menstrual flow. However, women should be aware that endometrial ablation increases the risk of future pregnancies.

    Invasive Treatments

    When other treatments have failed, women may consider having a hysterectomy. A hysterectomy for menorrhagia involves the removal of the uterus and cervix. Sometimes, a hysterectomy may be performed as a minimally invasive procedure. However, not all women are candidates for this approach. Talk with your gynecologist to discuss the pros and cons of a hysterectomy to treat heavy menstruation.

    The gynecology team at Desert West OBGYN works closely with each patient to develop a personalized treatment plan. Along with other treatment options for heavy menstruation, our gynecologists can perform endometrial ablation. Our gynecology offices in Estrella, Anthem, Glendale, and Arrowhead may be reached at (602) 457-6459.

    Recognizing the Signs of Early Labor

    Last updated 17 days ago

    It may seem as though the early signs of labor are easily recognizable. In fact, many women have trouble identifying these signs because they may mimic other health issues. Some of the subtle signs of labor can include diarrhea, backache, and abdominal cramping. Women may feel tightening or pressure in the abdomen. Some women may even feel as though they’ve caught the flu.

    This video explains these early signs of labor and discusses the mucus plug. The mucus plug seals the cervix to prevent the baby from acquiring infections. As labor approaches, women may notice that the mucus plug has been expelled. The mucus plug may appear pink, red, white, or clear.

    The obstetricians of Desert West OBGYN provide prenatal and postnatal care for women throughout the Arrowhead, Phoenix, and Glendale areas. Our OB-GYN offices can be reached by calling (602) 457-6459.

    Welcome Dr. Amy Boots!

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Amy Boots. D.O. has joined Desert West Obstetrics & Gynecology. The obstetrician/gynecologist has a special interest in high risk obstetrics and minimally invasive surgery. She is accepting new patients at both the Glendale and Estrella offices.

    Dr. Boots earned her medical degree from the Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville.

    Desert West has been caring for women in the Northwest Valley since 1973 at four locations including Glendale, Arrowhead, Estrella and Anthem. To schedule, call (602) 978-1500; to learn more, visit www.DesertWestOb/

    Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

    Last updated 24 days ago

    October has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Although the majority of women have undoubtedly heard of breast cancer, many have yet to take proactive steps to reduce their risk. Along with leading a healthy lifestyle, women can talk to their gynecologists about having regular examinations. Gynecologists can provide well-woman examinations and offer recommendations for scheduling screening mammograms. You can also take the following steps to reduce your overall risk of developing breast cancer.

    Limit Alcohol Intake

    Studies have revealed a causal relationship between alcohol and breast cancer development. Gynecologists may recommend abstaining from alcohol altogether. Women who do choose to drink are advised to consume no more than one alcoholic beverage per day.

    Exercise Regularly

    Enjoying exercise regularly may help lower the risk of breast cancer. It’s generally recommended that women get at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least five days a week. However, exercising for longer periods of time can bring about even greater health benefits. Women with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, are advised to speak with a physician before starting or changing their exercise routine.

    Maintain a Healthy Weight

    Being overweight or obese is another risk factor of breast cancer. This is especially true of women who are overweight or obese after menopause. After menopause, most of the estrogen in the body is produced by the fat cells. Aromatase, which is an enzyme in the fat cells, converts androgens into estrogen. A heightened level of estrogen in the body can increase the risk of breast cancer.

    Reconsider Hormone Therapy

    Many women have successfully used hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to ease the symptoms of menopause. However, using HRT for too long has been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Women may control their risk by discussing an appropriate HRT treatment plan for their needs. It’s generally advisable to limit HRT to no more than three to five years.

    The gynecologists and obstetricians of Desert West OBGYN have been pleased to provide exceptional service to women since 1973. In addition to breast care and well-woman exams, our OBGYN offices offer infertility counseling, treatment for urinary incontinence, and many other services. Those in the Arrowhead, Phoenix, and Anthem areas can reach us by calling (602) 457-6459.

    Are You a Good Candidate for Essure?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Until the FDA approval of Essure, women who desired permanent sterilization had to undergo tubal ligation. Essure, a tubal implant, offers a non-surgical alternative. Women who are interested in permanent birth control can consult a gynecologist to determine whether Essure might be right for them. Gynecologists may recommend Essure for women who are positive that they do not wish to have children. It may also be ideal for women who have already had children and do not intend to have more. Candidates for Essure should be in good overall health. Since Essure is not a hormonal method of birth control, good candidates should not be currently relying on hormonal birth control to control severe menstrual symptoms.

    Many women have chosen Essure because it offers convenience. After x-ray images have confirmed the success of the procedure, there is no longer a need to use other methods of birth control. Since Essure doesn’t involve surgery, there is no recovery period required.

    Women in Arrowhead, Estrella, Peoria, and the surrounding areas can consult a gynecologist at Desert West OBGYN to learn more about Essure. To learn more, visit us online or call our gynecology offices at (602) 457-6459.

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