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Definition:

More than 1 in 5 women suffer from heavy periods, defined by a loss of blood during the period that is particularly heavy.

Causes:

Heavy periods may be due to a hormone imbalance, infection, fibroids, polyps, and very rarely something more serious.

Investigation:

Investigation of heavy periods usually includes an examination, pelvic ultrasound, blood tests or occasionally exploratory surgery (hysteroscopy).

Treatment:

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,

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