More than 1 in 5 women suffer from heavy periods, defined by a loss of blood during the period that is particularly heavy.
Heavy periods may be due to a hormone imbalance, infection, fibroids, polyps, and very rarely something more serious.
Investigation of heavy periods usually includes an examination, pelvic ultrasound, blood tests or occasionally exploratory surgery (hysteroscopy).
It used to be quite common to undergo a hysteroscopy D+C (“scrape”) or hysterectomy for heavy periods, but advances in medical knowledge have made both of these procedures less common. Heavy periods may now be treated using a variety of medications, the Mirena Intrauterine System IUS or a minor operation to destroy the lining of the womb,