Period management

Period management treatment and care

Your doctor will ask you questions about your menstrual history — including when you had your first period, the length of your periods, and your usual symptoms — and conduct a physical examination. You can prepare for this appointment by keeping track of your menstrual periods and bringing this information with you.

Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may order additional testing, such as an ultrasound, to determine the cause of your menstrual difficulties. Common treatments used for period management include:

  • Birth control pills or hormonal contraception: Hormonal contraception can regulate menstrual periods and relieve pain.
  • Anti-inflammatory medication: Prescription anti-inflammatory medicine can decrease menstrual bleeding and relieve pain.
  • Pain relieving medication: Over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful for some women. Other women benefit from prescription pain medication.
  • Antidepressant medication: Antidepressants can relieve the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
  • Endometrial ablation: This medical procedure destroys the inner lining of the uterus and is sometimes used to treat abnormally heavy bleeding.

It may take some time to effectively control your period and period-related symptoms.

You do not have to live with uncomfortable, irregular, and delayed periods. Menstrual period management can help most women remain productive and comfortable throughout the month.

Dignity Health provides personally tailored period management in Arizona, California, and Nevada.