Doctor: heavy periods

Q: I’m 39 and since I had my baby last year, my periods are heavier and longer. It is starting to become embarrassing at work when I have to keep going to the toilet to keep it under control. Is there anything I can do?’

Helen, Wiltshire

A: If this is now affecting your life day to day, you must seek help from your doctor.

Your menstrual cycle can change throughout your life, especially after a baby.

However, you should see your GP and get some bloods taken to check for any low iron or anaemia and your thyroid function.

They may examine you and need to take a smear or some swabs and arrange a pelvic ultrasound.

Causes of heavy periods can include fibroids, endometriosis, infections or it may be just the way your cycle is now.

Your GP can give you some treatment for these even if there is no underlying cause. The important message I want to give is, don’t let your periods affect your life.

Dr Radha Modgil

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