Heavy periods

Woman: Are you affected by heavy periods?You have been living with your periods since you were a teenager. Flow intensity, duration and frequency have probably varied with time because every woman goes through hormonal changes. Normally periods occur approximately every 28 days – but period frequencies between 21 to 35 days are considered normal – and last between 1 and 5 days.


Are you affected by heavy, prolonged or irregular periods?

If this is the case, you are not alone. In fact 20% of women worldwide suffer from such excessive bleeding at some stage in their lives. This often occurs to women reaching their mid-thirties or early forties.


Why does it happen?

The inside of your womb has a lining called endometrium, which starts growing after each of your periods. This thickening of the endometrium is caused by hormonal activity; the inside of your womb is preparing for a possible pregnancy. After approximately 14 days an ovulation occurs. If the egg released by the ovaries is fertilized by a sperm it will implant into the endometrium, resulting in a pregnancy. If no pregnancy occurs, the endometrium will change during the second phase of the menstrual cycle and shed away, causing a period. Hormones have a significant impact on endometrial changes and periods. Other conditions, such as anomalies inside the womb or diseases can cause profuse bleeding.


How can you know whether your periods are normal or not?

Women affected by heavy periods commonly experience situations, such as:

  • Periods lasting longer than 7 days, re-occurring each month
  • Profuse vaginal bleeding making daily activities such as work difficult to manage or maintain
  • Difficulty scheduling for social, leisure or holiday activities directly around monthly menstrual cycle
  • Soaking several tampons or sanitary pads every hour
  • Presence of blood clots in their menstrual flow
  • Fearing or going through embarrassing incidents caused by excessive menstrual bleeding
  • Feeling inhibited with their partner
  • Feeling weak, tired, sad or irritated
  • Severe pain or cramps during menstrual flow
  • Experiencing menstrual cycles of less than 25 days

If you have experienced one or more of these conditions described above, your periods are heavier than they should be and they probably interfere with your usual activities. Your gynaecologist can propose durable solutions to get rid of heavy or irregular periods and help you to recover your quality of life.


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Your gynaecologist will conduct a thorough medical examination in order to diagnose the cause of your heavy periods. Appropriate treatment options will be offered to you upon the results of your examination.

If you are suffering from heavy periods, why should you wait and endure it? A visit to your gynaecologist will lead to relief and better quality of life. 

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