Most women will lose about 30-40 millilitres of blood during their periods, but some of us can lose twice this amount. Heavy periods can be difficult to cope with, as you may find yourself needing large numbers of pads or tampons every month or constantly dealing with leaks that spoil your bedding or clothing. If you think your periods are heavier than normal, it is a good idea to see your gynaecologist at the private women’s clinic to find out what can be done about it.
The Causes of Heavy Periods
Heavy periods can happen for many different reasons. Some of us simply have slightly heavier periods than others, but there are also a number of gynaecological conditions that can make your periods heavier than they should be. Finding out the cause of heavy periods can require a visit to the private women’s clinic for tests, which may include a blood test, pelvic exam or ultrasound scan. Among the potential culprits are polycystic ovary syndrome and fibroids, but in some cases it might not be possible to identify an underlying cause.
Treatments for Heavy Periods
The best way of managing heavy periods will depend on whether or not the cause can be identified. If fibroids or PCOS is to blame, it may be possible to make your periods lighter using medication, but there are also some surgical options available at your private women’s clinic. Your doctor may recommend an operation to remove the ovarian cysts or fibroids, or even a hysterectomy if your symptoms are severe and you are sure you don’t want to have children in the future. If there is no obvious cause of heavy menstruation, there are still some options that can help. Simply using the right form of contraception, such as the contraceptive pill or an implant, can often be enough to avoid heavy bleeding.