Irregular And Heavy Periods Specialist

Peyman Banooni, MD

OB-GYNs located in Beverly Hills, CA

Dr. Peyman Banooni has dedicated his career as an OB/GYN to serving women of all age ranges, from young adulthood to later in life. As a graduate of the University of California- San Diego, Dr. Banooni has worked with the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is currently using those strong relationships to treat women in and around the Beverly Hills area.

Irregular and Heavy Periods Q & A

What are Irregular and Heavy Periods?

Heavy periods are defined as those where abnormal bleeding occurs, about 80 cc or over 5 tablespoons. The major concern with heavy bleeding is the increased risk of developing anemia. While heavy or irregular bleeding during menstruation is not typically a sign of a serious illness in most women, those experiencing these symptoms over the age of 40 could be suffering from cancer of the endometrium or lining of the uterus. Irregular bleeding is defined as an unpredictable or fluctuating menstrual cycle. Many factors can contribute to irregular periods including age, use of oral contraceptives, thyroid disease, and practically any chronic illness.

What Causes Irregular and Heavy Periods?

The overall health of a woman can greatly impact her period in terms of irregular cycles and heavy bleeding. Another common cause of irregular and sometimes heavy bleeding is the presence of a fibroid. A fibroid is a muscular tumor which occurs in the uterine wall and is typically benign. Many time the fibroids can be treated with a hysteroscopy or laparoscopic procedure where the fibroid is frozen or electrically destroyed. However, some fibroids may need to be removed completely and the lining of the uterus or the uterus itself may need to be removed.

What Treatments Are Used?

Treatment for irregular or heavy periods traditionally begins with the use of anti-inflammatory medications prior to and during menstruation and can reduce blood loss approximately 30% on average. Oral contraceptives, or birth control pills, can also help to reduce the bleeding and make periods more regular as well. If the above actions are not helping or if child bearing is complete or unwanted, hormonal treatments are commonly used in addition to a procedure which removes or thins the lining of the uterus, endometrial ablation, or a hysterectomy can be performed which removes the uterus altogether.

Insurance Providers

Our practice has agreements in place with most major insurance companies, but if you are a new patient it is advisable that you contact our office in advance so we may address any coverage issues. Please note that our practice does not accept HMO insurance carriers.

For services either not fully covered by your health insurance provider, or for visits that are only partially covered by your insurance company we typically bill you separately.

Of course we recognize that often times when it comes to healthcare patients are processing many different thoughts, feelings and emotions. We aim to make our billing as transparent and clear as possible but should you have ANY questions regarding a bill received by our office please feel comfortable contacting us.

Further, in advance of a visit, should you have ANY questions regarding either what might or might not be covered by your insurance company we strongly encourage you to call our offices and we will be happy to review with you.


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