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Heavy periods can be common for some people, and a lot of the time, they can be nothing to worry too much about, though often uncomfortable and painful.
The NHS categorises heavy periods as those that:
It is common for heavy periods to also be accompanied by moderate to severe pain. 80% of women experience period pains, with 5-10% saying their pain is intense enough to disrupt their life.
It can be considered normal to have heavy periods. By this we mean that there may be no underlying concern. However, it is important to not suffer in silence if your periods are causing you discomfort or pain.
Some common reasons:
There are also some underlying health conditions which could result in heavy periods:
Heavy periods could also be the result of medications such as anticoagulants and chemotherapy medications. In rare cases they could be a sign of cancer of the womb.
When to see a doctor:
If your periods are impacting your daily life in any way, speak to your GP. They will be able to rule out any underlying conditions and advise you about treatment for your symptoms.
If there are no underlying conditions which are resulting in your heavy periods, your GP may advise any of the following:
Lifestyle measures can also help ease symptoms: