There are many treatments for heavy periods but what is a heavy period? How is it defined? Long, heavy periods or heavy menstrual bleeding is menstrual bleeding that lasts for more than 7 days. Menstrual bleeding that is heavy, requiring a tampon to be changed less than 2 hourly with clots that are larger than a penny is classed as heavy menstrual bleeding. It may be that with heavy periods you need to double up on pads to control the flow, or you have to change pads during the night to prevent an accident. It may be that in your opinion, your menstrual flow is so heavy that it impinges on your daily life.
Heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia) is a condition when your flow is so heavy that it stops your everyday activities while you are on your period, not being able to continue your normal routines. Abdominal pain will feature throughout the bleeding and you will be tired, lacking energy and unable to function normally throughout your period.
Heavy menstrual bleeding can cause longterm anaemia, leading to severe tiredness and lack of energy. This may be the point at which you eventually seek help from your GP in the first instance, who will recommend you see a gynaecologist, such as Mr Penman who is experienced in diagnosing and treating heavy menstrual bleeding.
Causes Of Long/Heavy Periods
→Non cancerous growths in the uterus, such as polyps or fibroids. They enlarge the surface area of the uterus.
→Pregnancy related problems such as miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy.
→Hormone related problems, IUD.
→Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.
Mr Penman makes a diagnosis from your history, pelvic ultrasound scanning and blood tests, giving him a picture of what is causing your heavy menstrual bleeding. The treatment he can offer ranges from medication to various different surgeries depending on the cause of your heavy menstrual bleeding and the severity such as Tranexamine Acid, hormonal coil or surgical treatments such as NovaSure Endometrial Ablation, Myosure myomectomy/polypectomy ( – Click the links for further details) and hysterectomy. He will discuss the options with you and plan the management and treatment of your heavy menstrual bleeding to bring it back under control again.
Mr Penman is happy to see patients that refer themselves without a letter from their GP, however do remember that if you are going to fund the treatment with your private medical insurance, you will need a referral letter from your GP. Your GP will be happy to refer you to Mr Penman either at the Spire Alexandra Hospital or Kent Institute for Medicine and Surgery.
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