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  • Mr Ken Emmanuel, Consultant Gynaecologist

Heavy periods (menorrhagia)

Heavy periods are common, and affect around 1 in 3 women in the UK. The heaviness of periods is subjective, relying solely on the woman’s perception that the periods are heavy.

They do not always have an underlying cause, and in many cases no cause is found. However, conditions such as fibroids and adenomyosis, which causes the womb to enlarge, are common causes.

The investigation of heavy periods is aimed at excluding problems with the womb and its inner lining, and your doctor can discuss that with you.

There are a number of treatments open to women ranging from hormonal and non-hormonal medical treatment, surgical treatments that keep the womb, and finally a hysterectomy procedure. These treatments have to be worked through in a logical manner in keeping with the national guidelines, before embarking on a hysterectomy. Mr Emmanuel is available to consult on this troubling issue. Visit for further advice.

Alternatively, if you want to share your experiences with other women on this subject, jump on board and let other women know what helped you. Thanks for sharing!

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