Mercy Gynecologist Dr. Meghan Lynch Discusses Treatments For "Worst Menstrual Problems" On WBAL's "Woman's Doctor"
Mercy gynecologist Dr. Meghan Lynch
It's not unusual for a woman to experience menstrual cramps or heavy periods occasionally, since every woman's cycle is different, but sometimes the pain and flow can be signs of a real problem.
For almost 30 years, Donna Marshalek suffered from menstrual pain and heavy periods that got progressively worse over time.
"I could bleed through a super tampon and a super pad in an hour. That was life. That was my norm - horrible, horrible pain," she said.
When years of medication didn't help, Marshalek consulted Dr. Meghan Lynch of The Gynecology Center at Mercy, who said Marshalek had what she called the triple threat -- fibroids, adenomyosis and endometriosis.
"Endometriosis is bleeding outside of the uterus in the pelvis, and adenomyosis is bleeding into the muscle wall of the uterus. It really hurts," Dr. Lynch said.
According to Dr. Lynch, women should see a doctor about their periods if they bleed for more than seven days, change tampons or pads every hour or more frequently, or if they have pain that starts before their period and isn't controlled by over-the-counter medication.
"There are many, many things we try first, like hormonal options. Diet and exercise also play a large role in taking care of people like this, and a hysterectomy is the last resort," Dr. Lynch said.
A hysterectomy was a necessary last resort for Marshalek. Four months later, she said she feels much better. "I joked around with my dad. I said I feel like the Energizer Bunny; you know, I just keep going, and I don't have to stop for anything. I'm loving it -- absolutely loving it," she said.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.