My pe­ri­ods stop me from go­ing out!

Woman's Own - - ASK THE DOCTOR -

Q I am 49 years old and for the last six months, my pe­ri­ods have be­come so heavy that I can’t go to work for at least three days each month. I lit­er­ally can’t leave the house. My mum had a sim­i­lar prob­lem and had a hys­terec­tomy, but I don’t want to go down that route when ‘the change’ could be around the cor­ner?

A We have lots of op­tions now to help heavy pe­ri­ods, in­clud­ing an in­trauter­ine sys­tem, which is fit­ted like a coil and se­cretes tiny amounts of hor­mone to pre­vent the womb lin­ing from pro­lif­er­at­ing. There is also a day case pro­ce­dure called an en­dome­trial ab­la­tion where the lin­ing of the womb is re­moved. See your GP to dis­cuss your op­tions.

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