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Heavy periods can be upsetting and disruptive to your normal day to day activities. However, they are common and are often easily treatable. The medical term for excessive or prolonged bleeding is menorrhagia.
In many cases menorrhagia is not caused by an underlying medical condition. Often its cause is unknown, but there are a number of known causes including:
Blood tests - a sample of your blood may be tested to measure hormone levels, check for anaemia, an under-active thyroid or any abnormalities in the way your blood clots.
Pelvic or transvaginal ultrasound scan - this is where a probe is passed over the lower abdomen, or inserted into the vagina, and sound waves are used to produce pictures of the womb, ovaries and surrounding pelvic area.
Hysteroscopy - this is where a small tube which can be used to carry a telescope, camera or surgical instruments is passed through the vagina and cervix and then into the womb. This allows the consultant to view the inside of the womb. A sample or biopsy may be taken at the same time. An anaesthetic is usually but not always required for this procedure.
Your consultant gynaecologist will discuss all the options to find the best treatment for you.