Do you cancel or avoid activities due to your periods? Do you change protection every 1-2 hours or wear extra protection? Do you worry about 'accidents' or avoid intimacy? Would your quality of life improve if you could eliminate heavy periods?
If your answer is 'yes' to any of the above, you may be suffering from menorrhagia, or heavy menstrual bleeding. And you are not alone. One in every five woman suffers from this chronic and inconvenient condition.
Symptoms of menorrhagia
The bad news is that these women experience symptoms that range from severe pain and fatigue to emotional turmoil and embarrassment. Heavy menstrual bleeding also disrupts a woman's lifestyle and social activities, resulting in missed time from work.
A survey on the problems caused by menorrhagia was carried out. They found that nearly 60% reported lack of confidence due to heavy periods. Nearly 70% felt they could not perform effectively at work, and often skipped on plans or sports. About 80% claimed that their periods made them fatigued, and even anxious. According to a study in 2005, nearly 40% of women with menorrhagia developed anemia.
Treatments that lighten your load
The good news is that heavy menstruation can be successfully treated. Together with your doctor, it is possible to assess the amount of blood loss and bleeding cycle pattern to formulate a treatment plan. Several factors will be important to your treatment decisions, including whether or not you intend to have children in the future.
Depending on your condition, you can opt for the appropriate treatment that best meets your needs. Heavy periods need not be a lifelong struggle. Take charge today and recover the quality of life you were meant to live!
Publication of this article by courtesy of ParkwayHealth Marketing Communications