We frequently see women who have put up with heavy periods for years possibly because they think that period problems are a normal part of being a women.
Heavy periods impact all ages but it can particularly impact women in their peri-menopausal years.
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.
At BWC, we will 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.
Maybe I have PCOS?
This is known as amenorrhea and can be caused by natural causes such as pregnancy, breastfeeding or menopause.
It can also be caused by low body weight, eating disorders, sudden weight gain, stress, over-exercising, pituitary gland problems and PCOS.
PCOS affects about 1 in 10 women and causes a range of symptoms such as excess hair growth, acne, irregular or absent periods and difficulties getting pregnant.
Have a listen to The Kick Pregnancy Podcast if you are trying to conceive with PCOS.
Book an appointment with a BWC gynaecologist here
You can get a referral to Dr Pat Moloney or Dr Kate Stewart from your local GP.