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Heavy periods aren’t always a sign that something is wrong. Some women simply lose a little more blood than others during their periods. However, if you have very heavy periods or if you are experiencing other symptoms too, it is a good idea to talk to a gynaecologist.
Heavy or painful periods can be caused by certain gynaecological conditions, such as :
It can be difficult to know whether your periods are heavier than normal. The average woman will lose about 30 millilitres of blood each month, which is about two tablespoons. If you are losing more than twice this amount, then you have heavy periods. However, you don’t need to measure your blood loss to know when your periods are heavy. You might notice that:
You may also notice that you feel particularly tired during your period or that you have other symptoms too, such as severe period pain.
Heavy periods can usually be diagnosed from your symptoms and a pelvic exam. However, it may be necessary to perform some additional tests to find the underlying cause of heavy menstruation.
Treatment isn’t always needed for heavy periods. However, if your gynaecologist diagnoses a condition such as fibroids or endometriosis, you may need treatment to address the cause of heavy menstruation. You should also consider treatment if your heavy periods are having a significant impact on your life.
There are several options of treatment and medication such as:
1-The contraceptive pill
2- You might be recommend an iron supplement if you are suffering from anaemia due to heavy blood loss during your period.
3- Mirena IUCD. This can often help with heavy periods.
There are different types of surgery. This is another alternative option in case the medical treatment is not helping. Surgery can sometimes help to lighten your periods, but it can be a big step. It is important to understand the risks and the effect that the surgery will have on your fertility before deciding if this is the right option for you. Miss Arafa will explain all of the options in detail and advise you on the best treatments for you.
If your heavy periods are having a big impact on your physical or mental wellbeing, it is a good idea to talk to an experienced and leading gynaecologist in the field like Miss Arafa who will provide you with a first class quality service. You can make an appointment in any of her clinics in London. You can also request a telephone consultation and we will be happy to provide same day service or any time of your convenience. Simply fill in the online form to request an appointment at a time that suits you.
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