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.
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.