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What Causes Heavy Periods?

Q: Why do some people experience heavy periods?

A: Heavy periods, also known as dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB), can occur due to various reasons. These include issues such as thickening of the uterine lining (endometrium), the presence of fibroids in the uterine muscle, certain medications like blood thinners, or underlying medical conditions.

According to the ‘2022 Period Perspective’ Survey conducted among Australian women aged 18-60 years old, despite a significant portion (32%) experiencing heavy bleeding, only 14% of the total surveyed have received a formal diagnosis of heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia) from a healthcare professional. (1)

Q: How are heavy periods and anaemia related?

A: Heavy menstrual bleeding can lead to iron deficiency and, subsequently, anaemia. Symptoms of anaemia include tiredness, dizziness, shortness of breath, palpitations, and pale skin. Iron deficiency is sometimes treated with iron infusion.

Treatment for Heavy Periods

Q: What options are available for treating heavy periods?

A: Treatment approaches vary depending on factors such as age, medical history, and future pregnancy plans. Options may include medications like anti-inflammatory drugs, tranexamic acid, or oral contraceptives to reduce blood loss. Hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs) are also effective. In more severe cases, surgical interventions like fibroid removal or hysterectomy may be necessary.

Managing Heavy Periods

Q: How can someone manage heavy periods?

A: It’s crucial to prioritize hygiene by changing tampons or pads regularly, especially on heavier flow days. Overnight, it’s recommended to use pads instead of tampons to lower the risk of toxic shock syndrome. Additionally, maintaining a balanced diet rich in iron-containing foods like red meat and chicken and staying well-hydrated with plenty of fluids, particularly water can help alleviate symptoms.

(1) ‘The 2022 Period Perspective’ Survey. Survey of 1,000+ Australians aged 18+. Commissioned by Bayer; executed by Researchify.
(2) ADG, May 2022, Important considerations in patients with heavy menstrual bleeding.
(3) Australian Bureau of Statistics, March 2022, National, state and territory population, https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/people/population/national-state-and-territory-population/mar-2022 accessed 13 October 2022

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