All A to Z Topics

Heavy periods

Heavy periods, also called menorrhagia, are when a woman loses an excessive amount of blood during several consecutive periods.
Causes of heavy periods
No underlying cause is identified in 40-60% of cases of heavy periods (menorrhagia).
Diagnosing heavy periods
Visit your GP if you feel that your periods are unusually heavy. Your GP will be able to investigate the problem and offer treatments to help.
Treating heavy periods
Medication is the main treatment for heavy periods (menorrhagia), but surgery may be used in some cases.
See what the doctor sees with Map of Medicine
See what your doctor sees, find out what is happening with your Periods, Heavy treatment and what the next steps might be.