Heavy menstrual bleeding
Heavy menstrual bleeding (i.e. heavy periods where there is blood loss of more than 80ml of blood1 – equivalent to around 5 and a half tablespoons, compared to 2-3 tablespoons for someone with normal bleeding in a menstrual cycle) can be a serious, debilitating and painful condition. It can stop you from leading the lifestyle you want, whether it’s keeping you off work or stopping you taking part in activities such as going to the gym or participating in various sports, and there’s always that fear of an embarrassing accident.
Heavy periods can be a serious enough issue to consider having gynecological surgery that could be a hysterectomy (womb removal) or a surgical procedure on the lining of the womb (the endometrium). However, one form of long-acting reversible contraception (the intrauterine system) is approved as a treatment if you suffer from heavy periods as it is has been proven to significantly reduce heavy menstrual bleeding in addition to providing effective contraceptive protection1.
Click on the links below to find out more about how the intrauterine system works as an effective treatment for heavy periods and also about its contraceptive properties.