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Treating heavy periods

Treating heavy periods

Tummy cramps and heavy periods, not to mention PMT, can make life debilitating.  Women should seek help from their GP if they suffer from severe period pain or if periods become heavier than usual or irregular.

There are treatments available to help women with painful periods and an experienced consultant gynaecologist will be able to advise you.

Is there an underlying problem?

If you are planning to have a family in the future you may to check there are no underlying problems. A doctor may advise you to have a pelvic ultrasound or a hysteroscopy – where the lining of the womb can be assessed by direct visualisation with a telescope (hysteroscope) and a small camera.

Fibroids and polyps

Fibroids and polyps, which are small tissue growths in the lining of the womb, can be the cause of painful and heavy periods, especially just before the menopause.

Fibroids can lead to painful periods and heavy bleeding, along with a constant need to empty the bladder, which can disrupt sleep.

These can often be removed using non-invasive day surgery called the MyoSure hysteroscopic procedure. This is a safe procedure for women who are considering getting pregnant in the future, and the great benefit is that your gynaecologist can remove the fibroid during an examination, as they gain access to it via the vagina, and use a specially designed surgical instrument to remove the fibroid or polyp. The procedure allows women to go home on the same day, with only a few days recovery time.

An alternative to a full hysterectomy

If you suffer from heavy or irregular vaginal bleeding and you have completed your family, or you are definitely sure you don’t want children, an alternative to hysterectomy, where the lining of the womb is removed is an option.

As an alternative to surgery, which carries the risk of general anaesthetic and longer recovery time, at 25 Harley Street doctors are expert in the use of the minimally-invasive procedure, NovaSure.

This is an ablation technique that involves treating just the womb lining rather than removing the whole womb. Instead of surgery, radio frequency waves to remove the lining of the uterus. Endometrial Ablation uses a rapid delivery (Maximum 120 seconds) of controlled radio frequency energy with a measured scientific end point to ensure safe and reliable ablation.

This is a very quick treatment that on average takes 90 seconds. There’s no requirement for pre-treatment or scheduling with the menstrual cycle.

The procedure has a very high satisfaction rate and can be performed under local anaesthesia. Patients recover for up to 2 hours most afterwards, and leave within 30 minutes with simple painkillers.  You will be able to return to your normal activities the next day.