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Heavy periods, also known by the medical term menorrhagia, are common, normal and often come without excessive pain or other symptoms. However sometimes heavy period bleeding brings misery and pain for women. Heavy periods can be a symptom of various gynaecological conditions, such as fibroids, endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease. It is not always known what causes heavy period bleeding.
You are considered to have heavy periods if you regularly experience one, some, or all of the following:
If your periods are affecting your quality of life, you should seek advice from a doctor.
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There are a number of causes of heavy periods.
Often heavy periods are nothing to be concerned about and can be managed at home. But you should make an appointment with a doctor if you suffer from heavy period bleeding and any of the following apply to you:
The treatment for heavy periods really depends on what is causing the excessive bleeding. Heavy period treatment includes the following:
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Can stress cause heavy periods?
Yes, stress can cause heavy periods. It is important to identify what is causing your stress in order to tackle it effectively.
If you are struggling to cope with stress or self-help methods are not working, then you should speak to your GP.
Are heavy periods normal?
Many women suffer from heavy periods. Heavy periods are normal and so is period pain. However your monthly bleed should not severely impact on your day-to-day activities or leave you in a severe amount of pain. You do not need to suffer in silence.
Do periods get heavier with age?
Some women may find that their period gets heavier as they approach menopause. Women in the perimenopause phase find that their periods start to get more and more irregular, and this may include a heavier flow. But if you are experiencing any other symptoms, such as a bleeding between periods, after sex or pain during sex, then you should speak to a doctor as these can indicate certain health issues.
Can heavy periods cause an iron deficiency?
Heavy periods can cause iron deficiency anaemia. Symptoms include palpitations, pale skin, a lack of energy and tiredness, and a shortness of breath. It can be treated with iron tablets and by eating iron-rich foods, such as red meat and dark green, leafy vegetables.
Iron deficiency anaemia can be diagnosed with a simple blood test.
What can I do at home to lighten my periods?
There are a number of things that may lighten your period, including exercise, reducing stress and increasing your intake of Vitamin A by eating more foods such as carrots and sweet potatoes. However if you are experiencing other symptoms alongside your heavy periods you should make an appointment to see a doctor.
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