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Understanding heavy menstrual bleeding

Did you know that one in four women experience heavy menstrual bleeding at some time in their lives? 

Heavy menstrual bleeding (heavy periods) is characterised by excessive blood loss during your menstrual cycle. It can affect women of many ages but is most common in women aged 30 to 50 years old. 

In this article we’ll take a look at the signs, symptoms and potential causes of heavy menstrual bleeding and why you should seek help from Grace Private’s experienced team of gynaecologists, which is dedicated to providing personalised care and exploring suitable treatment options.

Signs of heavy periods

Identifying whether you have heavy periods can be challenging, but several common signs may indicate this condition:

  • Inability to contain bleeding with a pad or tampon.
  • Needing to change pads or tampons every two hours or less.
  • Requiring overnight pad changes.
  • Noticing blood clots larger than a 50-cent coin.
  • Menstrual periods lasting more than seven to eight days.
  • Disruption of daily activities due to menstrual flow.

Heavy period symptoms

Common symptoms

Heavy periods can manifest with various symptoms, affecting both physical and emotional well-being. Common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue or dizziness.
  • Low iron levels resulting from blood loss.
  • Pallor or a pale complexion.
  • Cramps or abdominal pain.

What causes heavy menstrual bleeding? 

Several factors can contribute to heavy bleeding, with hormonal changes the most common one. Hormonal fluctuations may lead to the excessive growth of the uterus lining, resulting in heavier periods. 

Grace Private’s gynaecologists are experienced in identifying the specific causes through thorough examinations and diagnostic tests.

When to see your doctor or gynaecologist? 

If you think you are experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding, it is important to consult with your GP or Gold Coast gynaecologist. Your doctor will inquire about your overall health, medical history, sexual activity, and pregnancy plans. 

An internal examination may be needed to assess your uterus and ovaries. Your doctor may also recommend tests such as pregnancy tests, iron tests, blood tests, or ultrasounds to gain a comprehensive understanding of your condition.

Treatment options

If you are diagnosed with heavy menstrual bleeding, your doctor will discuss potential causes and treatment options. Medications may be prescribed to alleviate symptoms, or, depending on the underlying cause, you may be referred to a specialist for further evaluation. Grace Private offers a range of treatment options, including surgical interventions, tailored to individual needs.

Seek help from the holistic team at Grace Private

Understanding heavy menstrual bleeding is the first step toward seeking appropriate care and treatment. Grace Private is committed to providing compassionate and personalised healthcare for women experiencing heavy periods. 

If you are concerned about your menstrual health, don’t hesitate to ask for a referral to our experienced gynaecologists. Together, we can explore the causes and treatment options, ensuring you receive the care you need. 

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