Many women are unaware that heavy bleeding is not a normal part of menstruation. Consultant Gynaecologist Anne Henderson explains.
How do I know if I need treatment?
Periods can be annoying enough, but if they are particularly heavy or painful they may start to have a serious impact on your daily life. As well as physical effects such as severe cramps, fatigue and nausea, you might be forced to plan your life around your heavy periods, missing out on social events or sporting activities and even taking days off work. You may feel more anxious or lack confidence because you are worried and embarrassed about ‘flooding’. If any of this sounds familiar, don’t suffer in silence. There are many ways of resolving this embarrassing and often painful problem.
What treatments are available?
Many women fear that a hysterectomy might be the only option to relieve their symptoms. This is not the case and there are several newer methods of treatment that do not have to involve major surgery. Some treatments, such as inserting a Mirena coil or Endometrial Ablation, can be performed as an outpatient or daycase procedure. Your consultant will talk you through your options and you can decide together which treatment is most suitable for you.
Who do I talk to if I think I have a problem?
If painful or heavy periods are affecting your quality of life it’s important to talk through your symptoms with a Consultant Gynaecologist who can advise you on the best course of treatment. Ask your GP to refer you or call The Wells Suite directly to make an appointment. You can use your medical insurance or simply pay for yourself.
The Wells Suite is ideally situated within The Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury and offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment facilities for gynaecological patients. Private patients receive consultant-led care supported by a friendly professional nursing team in clean, caring and comfortable surroundings.
To make an enquiry or an appointment, email us or call 01892 635888.