Heavy periods is also known as Menorrhagia and as the name suggests is a condition where the menstrual bleeding is very heavy. In most cases, heavy periods is a temporary thing and happens because of stress or lifestyle change. However, if you see excessive clotting, have to change a tampon or sanitary napkin every 2-3 hours and have acute discomfort, you should consult a doctor.
HOW IS HEAVY PERIODS DIAGNOSED?
The doctor will most likely ask about medical history and menstrual cycles. The doctor will do a physical exam and may recommend one or more tests or procedures such as:
• Blood tests
• Pap test
• Endometrial biopsy
• Ultrasound scan
HOW IS HEAVY PERIODS TREATED?
Medication treatment for Heavy Periods may include one or more of the following:
• Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen to reduce the amount of blood loss and help with pain
• Hormone therapy to stabilize the endometrium (lining of the uterus), regulate menstrual cycles, or correct hormonal imbalances
• Hormone secreting IUD
• Lysteda (tranexamic acid), a non-hormonal medication that promotes blood clotting
DID YOU KNOW?
Loss of blood through heavy periods can lead to iron-deficiency resulting in anaemia.