Each year at least three million women suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding, called menorrhagia. The treatment of choice is prescribing birth control pills, which isn’t such a good option for women trying to get pregnant.
Before we get to the treatment, let’s talk about the disease: menorrhagia. It can be caused by a number of different factors, from a hormonal imbalance to uterine fibroids. Menorrhagia causes enough blood loss and cramping that women suffering from the condition can’t maintain their usual activities.
Treating menorrhagia without hampering fertility
Most Ob/Gyn doctors prescribe a type of hormonal birth control in order to control and reduce menorrhagia symptoms (heavy bleeding and pain). The patient must take the birth control pills each day in order to have a lighter, less painful menstrual flow. While this method works for many women with menorrhagia, birth control is not an option for women who are trying to get pregnant.
This is where Lysteda comes in— an option most Ob/Gyns don’t have in their repertoire for treating heavy menstrual bleeding. Lysteda (tranexamic acid) is used to treat heavy bleeding only during a woman’s menstrual period.
The major benefit of Lysteda is that women who are trying to become pregnant and are suffering from menorrhagia can have relief from their symptoms without losing the chance each month to get pregnant. Also, Lysteda is harmless if a woman takes it after she becomes pregnant.
How does Lysteda work?
Lysteda treats menorrhagia by slowing the breakdown of blood clots, which helps to prevent prolonged bleeding, slowing menstrual bleeding but not stopping it entirely.
Lysteda is not a hormone and does not treat other menstrual or pre-menstrual symptoms. It should only be taken during a woman’s period. Since Lysteda is only taken during the period, a woman still has the chance to ovulate and become pregnant each month.
Lysteda should not be taken in conjunction with oral birth control. Women with a history of blood clots should not take Lysteda.
If you experience heavy menstrual bleeding and dread your period, it is very important to talk with your doctor. If you also want to try to get pregnant, consider Lysteda.