Gynecologists typically prescribe birth control pills or some other form of hormonal suppressive treatment to control heavy or painful cycles. While this may help improve symptoms, it fails to address the underlying problem. Instead, targeted medical and surgical treatments can correct these issues with great success.
Medications are used to treat thyroid conditions, chronic endometritis and other inflammatory conditions. A change in diet can decrease inflammation as well, leading to lighter or less painful periods.
Surgery is also an effective treatment for some causes of heavy or painful cycles. Laparoscopic surgery is used to both diagnose and treat endometriosis, and 90% of patients who undergo laparoscopic removal of endometriosis experience a significant reduction in pain and have much lighter flow with their periods. Uterine fibroids and adenomyosis can also be removed surgically without the need for hysterectomy when the surgery is performed by a laparoscopic surgeon with experience treating these conditions.