Is it OK to use birth control to treat Menorrhagia?

My wife suffers from Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding). She is 48 years old and 3 doctors (including one Catholic doctor, to my surprise) have told her she needs to be on birth control medication to manage it. We are way past child-bearing age… Would this be acceptable under Church teaching? She’s questioning the prohibition of birth control for a situation like this.

I appreciate your help!

Dear friend,

The Church does allow such use so long as it is for medicinal purposes and the intention is not to contracept.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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