Heavy Periods

Millions of women bleed so heavily during their periods that they have to put their normal activities on hold.

Signs and symptoms of heavy menstrual bleeding.

• Does your bleeding soak through one or more pads or tampons every hour for several hours?
• Do you need to change your sanitary protection during the night?
• Do you often double up sanitary protection to manage your heavy flow?
• Does your period make you miss school or work?
• Do you have to organize social, leisure and physical activities around your period?
• Does your heavy period limit your daily activities? If yes, how many days on average each month?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, talk to one of our doctors about your period and possible treatment options

Other Causes include…

• Uterine fibroids (however fibroids often cause no symptoms)
• Conditions in which pieces of the lining of the uterus grow outside the uterus or into the muscle of the uterus (adenomyosis)
• Hormonal imbalance
• Certain birth control methods, such as an intrauterine device (IUD) or birth control pills
• Uterine, cervical or vaginal cancers
• Chronic liver, kidney or thyroid conditions
• Some medications, such as anti-inflammatory medications, anticoagulants and some hormones

Treatment Options for Heavy Monthly Bleeding

Lifetime Options

• Ice packs
• Vitamins
• Iron
Nonhormonal Medical Options
• Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
• Tranexamic acid tablets

Hormonal Medical Options

• Intrauterine system
• Progestin
• Oral contraceptives
• Danazol
Minimally Invasive Surgical Options
• Endometrial ablation (NovaSure®)
Invasive Surgical Options
• Hysterectomy

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