Heavy periods following pregnancy. Why you get them and what can you do? The point at which your periods start again following your pregnancy varies between women. On average, it takes 2 to 6 months, but 9 months to a year is not unusual for many women. It certainly is strange; for years you can virtually set your clock to it and then suddenly, you have no idea what is going on with your cycle. In addition, your periods may be heavier than before. Why is this, is…
Hormone treatment hasn’t worked for me. What’s next? When a woman experiences exceptionally heavy periods, a GP will initially suggest hormone therapy such as the contraceptive pill or a coil e.g. Mirena. It may seem strange, but in many cases, they’re caused by hormone levels being unbalanced. But what if hormone therapy doesn’t work or the side effects outweigh the benefits?
Heavy periods during the menopause? Why they happen and what you can do about it! How will your periods change during (peri-) menopause? What exactly can you expect? Because if women’s problems were not bad enough, you will sooner or later also have to deal with the menopause too. Most importantly: is there anything you can do about your symptoms?
Menorrhagia: What counts as heavy period? What is too much? Some women experience heavy blood loss from their very first period, while other women are only confronted with this problem during the menopause. The question is: what constitutes heavy periods? That is difficult to define, because let’s be honest: periods are hardly fun as it is. But when they become all-encompassing, it is a completely different story. Your periods should not hamper your daily life. If it does, then fortunately – hooray! – there are…
Fibroids: What are they? Fibroids (also called myomas) are benign cysts that develop in the wall of the uterus (womb). They consist primarily of muscle fibres and connective tissue and feel rubbery. It sounds frightening, but in many cases, women experience few symptoms. What’s more; most fibroids are discovered by chance. Fibroids can vary in size considerably, but it is the position of the fibroid that influences the symptoms and any treatment. We have therefore included a short explanation…
When is a period, a heavy period? So there you are, minding your own business at an overcrowded station when you become aware that you’re feeling damp and worry that a red stain is appearing on your new white trousers. Typically there’s no toilet in sight! 1 in 5 women in the UK know how you feel. They understand about the need to plan every outing around their period, to limit their social lives and ensure they are prepared as possible for…
Hysterectomy – What you need to know A hysterectomy, where the womb and sometimes the ovaries are removed, is a major operation. Around 55,000 are performed in the UK each year. There are many reasons for having a hysterectomy including cancer, but there are times when a hysterectomy is not the best option and its side effects such as early menopause can be avoided. Always make sure that you have all the facts before agreeing to go ahead.
Hormone therapy for heavy periods Hormone therapy e.g. the contraceptive pill, injection or a coil is often the GP’s first choice of treatment for heavy periods. The oestrogen and/or progestin (the pharmaceutical replacement for progesterone) in them makes your womb lining (endometrium) thinner, so reducing heavy bleeding during your period. Contraceptive pills are taken by mouth daily, an injection is needed every 12 weeks, while the coil will need to be inserted by a GP or specialist nurse.
When is a period too long? It sounds like the start of a joke, but for 1 in 5 women, their periods are no laughing matter. Some women have always had long or heavy periods, while others are suddenly confronted with them after stopping the pill, childbirth or during the menopause. No matter why and when it happens, prolonged periods are not funny!
Endometrial ablation. What’s that? If you suffer from heavy periods, they may be caused by the thickness of your womb lining (endometrium). Some women have thicker linings than other, which can cause heavy bleeding during your period. If you are not planning to have further children, the removal of this lining (endometrial ablation), may be a suitable way for treating heavy periods.
All Change! Why’s my period heavy now? No two women have the same periods, but there are some average ranges that are considered normal i.e. a menstrual cycle lasting between 21 to 35 days for adult women and a period lasting 2-7 days. You will have your own ‘normal’. This can change over time – you can monitor this using a period diary.
Fibroids: What you need to know Fibroids affect around 1 in 3 women during their life and are the most common non-cancerous tumours in women of childbearing agePatient Info. Fibroids. Last accesses 2 Aug 17 https://patient.info/doctor/fibroids-pro. Also known as myoma, leiomyoma or fibroma, they are benign cysts occurring in the wall of the womb (uterus). Most women are not aware that they have them as they have no symptoms.
Heavy bleeding during menopause. Do you need help? According to the NHS Choices website, most women will experience some symptoms around the time of their menopause. If asked what these might be, women say hot flushes, night sweats, difficulty sleeping, reduced sex drive and vaginal dryness. Heavy periods are not something that most women would think of.
What’s that?! Blood clots in your menstrual blood You may be alarmed the first time you see clots in your menstrual blood, but as long as there are not too many of them they are nothing to worry about. However, if the blood clots cause discomfort, embarrassing situations or painful symptoms, it is time to take action.
Your menopause and your period Heart palpitations, hot flushes and a changing menstrual pattern – these signs and symptoms will sound familiar to many middle aged women reaching the menopause. Some lucky women experience fewer symptoms than others, but for others the symptoms caused by the changing hormone levels during menopause can be severe with the symptoms taking their toll.