What is a normal period, anyway?
• Occurs every 21–35 days1
• Between 30 and 40 mL (6–8 teaspoons) of menstrual blood loss2
• It may last an average of 5 days2
1 in 4 people with a period and of reproductive age may be affected by heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB).3,4
HMB can be active during various life stages for example, during teenage years or later on when approaching menopause. More commonly it affects people aged 30–50 years.5
What is heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB)?
HMB is also called menorrhagia and is a medical condition defined by prolonged periods that interfere with a person’s physical, social, emotional and material quality of life.2
What causes HMB?
Hormonal changes are a common cause of HMB.5
Other causes include: gynaecological problems (fibroids, polyps, endometriosis), infections, or clotting abnormalities.2
You might be taking medicines which can cause heavy periods.2
But there is help available which is why it is important to speak to your doctor.
There are many effective treatment options available for HMB that can help you feel back in control of your life. Treatment options typically fall into two categories: medical or surgical.6
HMB treatment depends on whether you are currently trying to get pregnant or plan to have children in the future.6
Your doctor can help you find the right choice for you depending on the cause of your heavy menstrual bleeding, your medical history, and your preferences.6