When your menstrual bleeding is excessive or continues for long periods it can be uncomfortable, inconvenient and distressing.Your periods are abnormally heavy when you need to use both towels and tampons together and change them frequently. Sufferers also find this condition can affect day-to-day life, making them feel tired and anaemic. Heavy Periods – CausesHeavy periods can have no obvious cause, though common ones include:
- Hormonal imbalance
- Polyps in the uterus
- Pelvic inflammatory disease, Infection of the vagina, cervix or uterus
- Abnormal womb lining
- Use of an IUD or coil for contraception
Heavy Periods – DiagnosisFor correct diagnosis, your consultant may examine your pelvic area using an instrument called a speculum which is inserted into the vagina. You may also need to have blood tests, an ultrasound scan or a hysteroscopy , a procedure where a small camera is used to look inside the womb.Heavy Periods – TreatmentHeavy periods (menorrhagia) are often straightforward to treat if you know the cause. Types of treatment vary according to age and medical history. We also take into account whether you want to have or have already had children, or suffer from any underlying medical issues.
Treatment options with medication include anti-inflammatory drugs, Tranexamic acid, the contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy (HRT), Progestin therapy, the Mirena IUS (coil) and Gonadotrophin-releasing hormone agents.
Surgical treatment options include endometrial ablation to thin the womb lining, or hysterectomy in cases where other treatment has not been effective.
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