Heavy periods or Menorrhagia can be inconvenient, embarrassing and for many, a compromise on their quality of life.
Many women endure heavy periods believing it to be normal but there are many options for treatment that will enhance your wellbeing.
I frequently see women who have put up with heavy periods for years possibly because they think that period problems are a normal part of ageing for women.
For some they notice that their menstrual pattern changes from a regular, moderate period to an irregular bleed with episodes of large clots and flooding. Often it is an embarrassing flood at the worst moment that makes them seek help from their GP.
Your GP can arrange a blood test to assess the impact of heavy bleeding on your haemoglobin levels and your body's Iron stores. Another test your GP can arrange is an ultrasound to identify uterine fibroids, muscular swellings in the wall of the uterus commonly seen in women with heavy periods.
My usual approach is to discuss all your treatment options such as medication, the Mirena System, endometrial ablation (a procedure to remove the uterine lining) and hysterectomy.
Your individual problem and treatment needs are discussed in detail and a personalised plan is made.