For some women, heavy periods are a regular occurrence every month which are often accompanied by period pain, bloating and PMS. Most of the time heavy menstrual bleeding is normal, but in some cases, it can be a sign of an underlying condition.
Your periods are considered heavy if:
There isn’t always anything causing your periods to be heavy but it could be a symptom of the following conditions:
The IUD (copper coil) can also lead to heavy periods and there are some medications- anticoagulants, chemotherapy and some herbal remedies which can cause heavier bleeding.
If you’ve noticed any changes in your menstrual bleeding, or if you are worried at any point, then it’s always okay to see your GP for advice. There are other symptoms to look out for which could be a sign of an underlying problem. These include:
The combined contraceptive pill is a popular way to control heavy periods. It contains both oestrogen and progesterone hormones which take control of your menstrual cycle and stop ovulation. When you take the pill, it essentially overrides your period, replacing it with an artificial cycle. This means that your periods will be lighter, less painful and more regular.
This is a good option for women with conditions like endometriosis and PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) as it regulates endometrial tissue and your cycle. It will also help to manage pain and make your time of the month more manageable.
An IUS (intrauterine system) can also help with heavy periods. This is a small, t-shaped plastic device which is inserted into the uterus, releasing hormones to prevent pregnancy from occurring. It helps to thin the lining of the womb, resulting in lighter periods but it can cause your periods to be irregular at first.
The IUD (copper coil) can’t be used to treat heavy periods as it can have the opposite effect- heavy bleeding being one of the possible side effects.
NHS> Heavy Periods: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heavy-periods/treatment/