How can I reduce or stop the heavy bleeding?

Many women believe that hormone therapy or surgical removal of the uterus (i.e. hysterectomy) are their only options if they experience heavy menstrual bleeding.

There are other treatments available that do not involve hormones or major surgery.

Together with your doctor, you can decide which treatment is most suitable for you. Your doctor will discuss the amount and frequency of your blood loss and other symptoms you may be experiencing, as well as the impact of your periods on your everyday life. Your most suitable treatment will most likely depend on several factors, including:

  • Severity of bleeding

  • Whether you want children in the future or consider your family complete

  • Whether you prefer a long-term or one-off treatment

  • Whether you want to take hormones or not

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Reference: 1. National Women's Health Resource Center (United States). Survey of women who experience heavy menstrual bleeding. Data on file, 2005.


1 in 5 women experiences heavy periods1