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Heavy Periods

Excessive bleeding during menstruation

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Heavy periods, or menorrhagia, is the loss of an excessive amount of blood during a menstrual period. A normal loss of blood is roughly 30-60mls, or 2-4 tablespoons.

If you are suddenly experiencing having a much heavier blood flow than is normal for your cycle, come in and speak to one of our specialists. We are committed to providing the highest standards of service and are here to help.

If you are unsure of whether or not your bleed is abnormal, a good indicator of a heavy period is needing to use both towels and tampons at the same time, having to change pads every two hours or less, passing large blood clots, having to get up at night to change your pad, or flooding through to your clothes or bedsheets.

Heavy periods may or may not be accompanied by menstrual pain. Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment: A number of conditions can lead to heavy periods, including polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), fibroids, endometriosis, adenomyosis, cervical or endometrial polyps (non-cancerous growths), underactive thyroid, clotting disorders, or cancer.

Menorrhagia can also be a side effect of anticoagulants and some chemotherapy drugs. In some cases, heavy bleeding can be caused by having an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) fitted (which can make periods much heavier for the first 3-6 cycles after insertion).

Bleeding after childbirth is known as lochia, and is completely normal. It lasts for 2-6 weeks and is the body’s process for clearing the womb lining after pregnancy. Diagnosis for heavy bleeding may require a pelvic exam, blood test, or ultrasound. Depending on your diagnosis, treatment could involve hormone-based medication, hormonal implants or injections, NSAIDs (anti-inflammatory medication), or surgery.

What to do next

Call us to make an appointment with one of our specialists. A female doctor is always available if you prefer.

FAQ

What are the benefits of having polyps removed?

Removal is a simple procedure, but can reduce symptoms such as bleeding mid-cycle or after sex, and may reduce abnormal discharge. It also reduces the risk of cancer.

How are polyps removed?

Polyps that are growing outside of the cervix, inside the vaginal canal, can be removed fairly easily with a polyp forceps. This is a simple and gentle procedure in which the polyp is grasped at its base, twisted off, and then tied. It may be covered with silver nitrate, which can stop any bleeding that occurs, although this is not always necessary. The polyp will be sent to the laboratory for testing to check for any neoplasia (cell changes).

Is is painful to have a polyp removed?

The process is fairly simple and generally not painful. You may feel some discomfort afterwards, similar to period pain. Our specialists are experienced in dealing with cervical polyps and you will be well taken care of. You can always request a female specialist if you prefer.

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