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Period Problems/Menorrhagia

What is Menorrhagia?

We understand how menstrual problems can really interfere with your quality of life. Menorrhagia, also known as heavy periods, is a common condition that nearly 50 per cent of women will experience. It is often due to fibroids, endometriosis, polyps, polycystic ovaries or changes prior to the menopause. At the Surrey Park Clinic we have years of experience in dealing with these conditions and treating them effectively to bring relief to our patients.

What causes Period Problems?

Period problem

Normally a period occurs approximately every 28 days as part of the monthly menstrual cycle. Periods usually start from the age of 12 years and continue until the menopause at approximately 45-55 years. Menstrual problems include PMS, heavy periods and bleeding, irregular periods, and painful periods.

Heavy bleeding can occur with or without other symptoms, including period pain (dysmenorrhoea) and is a common problem but can lead to anaemia, and can also affect self confidence and overall quality of life. There maybe many causes including problems within the uterus, ovaries or hormone production.

  • Polyps: disorders of the lining of the uterus such as polyps, or a thickened lining, can contribute to heavy bleeding and cramps. It can also indicate something more serious and should always be investigated.
  • Enlargement of the uterus: this can occur naturally as the uterus is made up of muscle which is constantly contracting.
  • Fibroids: these are small or large benign (non-cancerous) growths usually in the muscle of the uterus.
  • Myosis: fragments of the endometrium which is the bleeding layer of the uterus, away.
  • Endometriosis: the womb lining attaches to other organs including the pelvis, stomach and bowel.
  • Polycystic ovaries: these are sometimes associated with increased blood loss.

What treatment is available for Period Pain and Menorrhagia?

At the Surrey Park Clinic, we can offer you personalised care for the treatment of period problems at our welcoming clinic and at a time to suit you. One of our consultants will take your medical history, the details relating to your period and may undertake some of the following tests, depending upon your symptoms:

  • A pelvic examination will indicate whether there are any abnormalities.
  • An ultrasound scan. Usually an internal scan (transvaginal) which will be able to detect the presence of polyps and fibroids.
  • A biopsy of the uterus. This is done if periods are irregular or the lining is thickened.
  • Blood tests.

Please call 0800 049 6944 to book your consultation.