Many treatments are available for heavy periods that can help control and reduce heavy flows. Treating and managing heavy periods is important as ongoing heavy periods can lead to low iron, tiredness and anaemia. Talk to your GP about options for managing your periods and which would work best for you.
More information on bleeding disorders and a simple online bleeding questionnaire is available at www.letstalkperiod.ca This questionnaire will provide you with further information on whether your bleeding is heavier than expected.
If you have a bleeding disorder then you may need treatment before any operations, procedures or pregnancies in the future. For this reason, it is important to get checked out if you are concerned that you may have a bleeding disorder.
Attending your GP for an assessment is an important next step. Testing for bleeding disorders is usually performed by a hospital-based specialist called a haematologist; your GP can refer you to a haematologist for testing if needed.
For people diagnosed with bleeding disorders there are also patient supports available through the national patient organisation. In Ireland, this organisation is called the Irish Haemophilia Society, internationally it is the World Federation of Haemophilia. Both these organisations provide support to people with any bleeding disorder, not just haemophilia, and have more information on their websites.