As a top-rated OB/GYN in Plano, TX, Dr. Julia Chowdhury, MD, FCOG is highly experienced in providing menstrual cramp relief. She approaches the treatment of menstrual cramps with compassion and a variety of effective options for women throughout the greater Dallas area.
Severe menstrual cramps can be caused for two different reasons. The first is the result of a high level of the hormone-like substance, prostaglandins, that triggers the normal uterine muscle contractions that occur during menstruation to help shed the uterine lining. Menstrual cramps can also be caused by a number of underlying conditions. These include: cramps,
Menstrual cramps not caused by an underlying condition can be alleviated by over-the-counter pain relievers or prescription anti-inflammatory drugs. Dr. Chernin also prescribes Lysteda, a medication that’s composed of a man-made form of an amino acid
that can relieve cramps and reduce a heavy blood flow. Hormonal birth control may also be recommended, which prevent ovulation thereby reducing severe menstrual cramps. These can be taken orally, by injection, in the form of a skin patch, a flexible ring inserted into the vagina or an intrauterine device (IUD).
If menstrual cramps are the result of an underlying condition, such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids, surgery may be recommended to correct the problem.
Heavy periods are those which occur with abnormal bleeding, typically about 80 cc or over 5 tablespoons. The primary concern with heavy bleeding is that is accompanied by a greater risk of becoming anemic. While heavy or irregular bleeding during a menstrual cycle is not usually a sign of a severe illness in most women, those suffering these symptoms over the age of 40 could have a form of cancer of the endometrium, or the lining of the uterus. Irregular bleeding is defined as an erratic or inconsistent menstrual cycles. Many causes can be the culprit of irregular periods such as age, thyroid disease, use of oral contraceptives, and almost all chronic illness.
A woman’s overall health can greatly impact her menstrual cycle in terms of irregular and heavy bleeding. Another frequent cause of irregular and occasionally heavy bleeding is the occurrence of a fibroid. A fibroid is a muscular tumor which develops in the uterine wall and is usually noncancerous. Most times fibroids can be remedied with a hysteroscopy or a laparoscopic procedure where the fibroid is electrically destroyed or frozen. However, some fibroids can require a complete removal and the lining of the uterus or the uterus itself may also need to be extracted.
Treatment for heavy or irregular periods customarily starts with the prescription of anti-inflammatory medications to be taken before and during menstruation. These can reduce blood loss by roughly 30% on average. Oral contraceptives, or birth control pills, can also be beneficial to decrease the bleeding and make periods more reliable as well. If the above treatments are not successful or if the woman does not want to become pregnant, hormonal treatments are frequently employed as well as a procedure which thins or removes the endometrium, an endometrial ablation, or a hysterectomy can be executed which removes the uterus completely.
We accept most major insurances but please note, we do NOT accept the following: Medicaid, Medicare, Molina, Amerigroup, Superior Health, CHIP Perinate, or Parkland
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"My meeting with Dr. Chowdhury was very pleasant. She listened to me attentively and understood my problems."
"I just love Dr. Chowdhury and her staff! Every appointment was a very pleasant experience. She is a very sweet person"
" I had a surgery last year. She is amazing! Both as a Doctor and as a person. I would love refer anyone to her."
Dr. Julia Chowdhury is very keenly knowledgeable. She answered any & all questions to completion. Her "bed side manner" was very professional as well as loving.
I really loved my 1st experience with Dr. Chowdhury. Love her personality and love how professional she is. She was awesome and made me feel at ease throughout my visit.
She was awesome! The office was clean and comforting. She's super sweet & funny! She kept me calm..so assuring...it was just a really nice breath of fresh air
Dr. Chowdhury is amazing! I loved my experience with her. Very professional , super friendly with a relaxing sense of humor. Highly recommend her
Dr Julia and her staff are so welcoming and friendly. They're easy to talk to so you can basically ask anything without feeling embarrassed. I would recommend!
The doctor is super nice and if you're feeling nervous like myself she is a total professional who will listen to your needs and explain every step of the way.
Dr. Chowdhury, was amazing! She was pleasant and she knew exactly what I needed and she did just that. I was not in any extra pain and her bedside manner was amazing.
I love Dr. Chowdhury!! She is down to earth with a sense of humor while also being very informative and assertive. The office is nice and clean and offers great treatment
Excellent visit. I usually feel a little nervous when visiting an OB/GYN but she made me feel so comfortable.
The Doctor was very gentle during the examination procedure. She was very professional about communicating all my options. She answered all my questions patiently
if you're looking for a great OB-GYN that really cares about her patients I would choose her. She's amazing and I'm glad I have her as my OB-GYN.
I must say i was pleasantly surprised with the attitude.. calm, sweet, warm attitude of the doctor and entire staff. Highly recommend!
She is a very knowledgeable & friendly doctor who would answer all your questions patiently. My wife was very happy w/ her visit & intends to remain associated w/ her