Heavy periods also known as menorrhagea, can happen at any stage of a woman's life. Most times there is an identifiable cause such as fibroids
, adenomyosis, endometrial polyps, endometriosis, ovarian cysts
or hormonal imbalances. Sometimes there is no apparent cause and doctors call the condition Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding (DUB).
The definition of what constitutes heavy or excessive bleeding may vary. The most accepted description is an increase in blood loss compared to a woman's previous periods.
The treatment of heavy periods should aim at the treatment of any underlying cause. In the case of DUB measures to decrease or stop the bleeding include hormone based medication such as the pill, Implanon®, progesterone injections, a progesterone containing IUD - Mirena®, Endometrial Ablation
and in a few cases hysterectomy.