Is there a treatment?
There are treatments available for heavy periods, so if it’s affecting your quality of life, ask your doctor for advice. Most of the time, heavy periods can be treated with medication, but in some cases surgery may be required, for example if the heavy bleeding is caused by a physical condition like fibroids or endometriosis.
If there’s no underlying reason and it doesn't affect life, you may feel you do not need treatment.
Medication is usually offered to you if there’s nothing to suggest an underlying problem, or while you’re waiting results of further tests.
The type of medication you’re offered will depend on several different factors, including whether you are trying for a baby or breastfeeding. The types of medication used to treat heavy periods are:
- non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
- tranexamic acid
- contraceptive medication
- synthetic progestogen