Heavy and painful periods
Many women are reluctant to seek help about heavy or painful periods because they are not sure whether what they are experiencing is just normal. But having your period shouldn’t stop you from doing everyday things such as exercising, going out or wearing what you want because you are in pain or worried about leaking.
Heavy periods don’t necessarily mean there is something wrong but if you are losing a lot of blood every month you could become deficient in iron, which will make you tired and run down.
What are classed as heavy periods?
There’s no exact definition but your periods would be considered heavy if you:
- Need to use tampons and pads together
- Often flood your clothes or bed linen
What are the treatments for heavy periods?
It depends on what is causing your periods to be heavy but very often there is no medical reason. Many women find that certain forms of hormone-based contraception, such as the pill or an intrauterine system (IUS) can help to regulate their periods and lighten the flow.
Sometimes heavy periods can be an indication of an underlying medical condition like endometriosis or fibroids. If you are diagnosed with a specific medical condition we will discuss the different treatment options with you.
What are the treatments for painful periods?
Again it depends on what is causing your periods to be painful. We would investigate to find out if you have an underlying medical condition such as endometriosis or fibroids, both of which can cause painful periods. Once we have a diagnosis we can discuss treatment options with you. If there is no underlying medical condition we would advise you on the best way to manage the pain. Many women find that certain forms of hormone-based contraception, such as the pill or an intrauterine system (IUS) coil can help to regulate their periods and reduce the pain.