Do heavy periods affect your life? It’s estimated that heavy menstrual bleeding affects 1 out of every 5 women. When you break that down, that’s about 10 million women! Many Women begin to experience heavy and/or irregular bleeding in their 30’s and 40’s, as they begin to get closer to menopause. Heavy periods take a physical, social and emotional toll as well. Studies show heavy periods mean more than heavy bleeding. They can affect women in a number of ways:

Physical

  • Many feel tired and nauseated
  • Many women experience bad cramps
  • Many have headaches

Social

  • More than 60% have had to miss out on social or athletic events
  • About 80% report avoiding sex
  • 33% have been forced to miss work

Emotional

  • 77% have depression or moodiness
  • 75% feel anxious
  • 57% report a lack of confidence during their period

Studies have shown that many women who suffer from heavy periods do not bring the subject up to their doctor or seek treatment. Heavy periods are a problem that affects 1 out of every 5 women. If getting the conversation started once you’re there seems hard, try one of these openers:

  • “I’d like to ask you a few questions about my menstrual cycle…”

  • “I’ve noticed that my periods are different than what they used to be…”

  • “I’ve heard a lot of women are getting treated for heavy periods. Is this something I should consider?”

If you suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding and do not wish to have any children in the future, be sure to ask your doctor about an option called NovaSure.

Don’t let your period negatively affect your quality of life. Contact us if you have any questions regarding heavy menstrual bleeding or to set up an appointment.