Heavy periods are the most common reason for women to visit a gynaecologist.
Symptoms of heavy periods include:
Heavy periods are often associated with menopause, but other conditions that cause them include:
Rarely, it could also be:
Certain medical treatments that can also cause heavy periods include:
You may notice a change in your periods at any time.
There may be no underlying cause for heavy periods, but your doctor can still offer treatments to alleviate symptoms of heavy periods.
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Talk to your GP if heavy bleeding is causing you problems.
They'll ask you about:
Your doctor will perform a pelvic examination to look for:
They may also conduct a full blood test to see if you're suffering from anaemia (iron deficiency).
Other tests to diagnose the cause of heavy bleeding are:
Heavy periods can be treated in many ways, depending on the underlying cause.
Your doctor may also prescribe iron tablets if you have anaemia, or recommend a diet rich in iron.
Your doctor will decide which treatment is best considering your overall health and your preferences.