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Heavy periods are something many women experience. If you’re using more sanitary products than usual or experiencing leakage onto your clothes, you may have heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB).

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    Primolut N


    Branded tablet treatment that eases heavy periods and period pain too.

    • Starting from £23.00
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    Tranexamic Acid Tablets

    Tranexamic Acid

    Treatment for heavy periods without the hormones. So it doesn't alter your cycle.

    • Starting from £26.00
    Blister strip of Provera Tablets


    Medroxyprogesterone acetate

    Progestin pill that delays your period. Just take Provera three days before, three times a day.

    • Starting from £21.00
    Blister strip of Utovlan Tablets



    Brand of Norethisterone. 3 tablets a day, 3 days before your period to delay bleeding.

    • Starting from £22.00
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    Cheaper, generic form of Utovlan. Progestin pill you start a few days before your period is due.

    • Starting from £30.00

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    What are heavy periods?

    When you’re getting ready to have your period every month, the lining of your uterus thickens in preparation for a fertilised egg to implant and develop. If this doesn’t occur, the lining of the uterus is shed as your period.

    If you have heavy periods, the amount of blood you lose will be much more substantial. It can be tricky to define how much bleeding is considered heavy as every woman’s cycle can be completely different. A menstrual cycle is considered regular if it occurs every 21-35 days. There are always natural variations from woman to woman.

    Different lifestyle factors can cause changes to menstrual cycles too. For instance, increased stress, dietary changes or if you’ve been unwell. These can all cause heavier and more painful periods.

    Typically, if you find you’re needing to change your sanitary towel or tampon every two or three hours, you’re passing blood clots, or you’re experiencing blood leakage on your clothes or bedding, it might be a sign you’re experiencing heavy periods.

    Who gets heavy periods?

    Any woman can experience heavy periods at any stage of her menstrual life, and there doesn’t need to be an underlying cause. Stress, illness or generally feeling run down can all contribute to changes in your periods.

    Menstrual cycles that are irregular can often cause heavy bleeding, and conditions like endometriosis or fibroids can cause heavy, painful periods. Polycystic ovaries can cause irregular cycles and erratic menstrual bleeding. If you think you’re experiencing the signs and symptoms of any of these conditions, it could be a good idea to have a chat with a clinician about it and get yourself checked out.

    How common are heavy periods?

    Heavy periods are common. Most women will experience them at some stage, for a number of reasons. Life changes, stress and illness can all bring about disruption to your menstrual cycle.

    It’s believed that the prevalence of diagnosed heavy menstrual bleeding is as much as 37.9% in women of reproductive age. Many more women may experience heavy periods, but haven’t sought help or spoken to a healthcare professional about it. Our clinicians are on hand to answer any questions you have about heavy periods. You just need to log in to your account and send them a message.

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    What causes heavy periods?

    There can be a number of different causes of heavy periods and they can arise from a range of underlying health issues. Endometriosis and fibroids can cause them, as can other conditions such as polycystic ovaries and hypothyroidism. Anaemia (loss of iron) can arise from heavy periods, but it can also cause them too.

    Different medications and treatments for other illnesses can sometimes cause heavy periods as well. These include:

    • antidepressants: which are prescribed for mental health conditions
    • anticoagulants: medicines which are used to treat conditions of the heart and blood (they can thin your blood and make menstruation heavier)
    • chemotherapy: sometimes the treatments used for different forms of cancer can cause side effects such as heavy monthly bleeds
    • hormonal contraceptives: medicines used for birth control such as the pill, or the IUD coil can cause heavy bleeding, so it might be worth talking to your clinician or nurse if you think either of these might be causing issues.

    Half of the number of women who experience heavy periods find that there is no specific cause. This is then often defined as dysfunctional uterine bleeding. This means that there’s no illness causing the heavy periods. However, the signs, symptoms and side effects are just as valid and unpleasant. It’s still just as important to take good care of your health and speak to a clinician if you’d like some advice on how to look after yourself.

    What are the symptoms of heavy periods?

    Heavy periods are defined as losing 80ml or more of blood with each cycle, a period that lasts longer than seven days or both of these combined.

    Many women lose less than 80ml of blood during their period. 80ml is about 16 teaspoons, and the average blood loss for most women is about six to eight teaspoons.

    However, blood loss doesn’t always need to be measured as there are so many variations in women’s periods. You’ll know how much bleeding is normal for you, and you’ll know if it’s suddenly heavier.

    Here are some good indications that you’re experiencing heavy periods.

    • Do you have to change your sanitary products every 2-3 hours?
    • Do you pass blood clots larger than 2.5cm (about the size of a 10p coin)?
    • Do you bleed through to your clothes or bedding?
    • Do you need to use 2 types of sanitary products together (for example, tampons and pads) or do you rely on Night Time pads all the time?

    If you’ve noticed one or more of these symptoms and they’ve lasted more than a few months then it’s a good idea to speak to a clinician and get some advice on the best way forward.

    Can heavy periods lead to other problems?

    They can be really frustrating, painful and distressing, but heavy periods don’t necessarily lead to other health problems in their own right. However, they can indicate other underlying conditions such as anaemia, endometriosis, fibroids and polycystic ovaries.

    If your periods have suddenly become heavier, or you generally have queries or questions about them, our clinical team can help.

    Most importantly, be kind to yourself. Have that long, warm soak in the bath and treat yourself to your favourite snacks. Self-care is just as important as medical care. We get that.

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    What treatments are there for heavy periods?

    There are a range of treatment options for heavy periods. These include:

    • intrauterine system (IUS)
    • tranexamic acid
    • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
    • the combined oral contraceptive pill

    When you chat to us about your heavy periods, we’ll take into account your health needs, any other treatments you’re having and any possible underlying causes before we make a decision with you on how to move forward.

    Is there a ‘best’ treatment for heavy periods?

    There’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach to treating heavy periods, and how you move forward with your treatment will depend on what you respond the best to as well as your other health needs.

    For many women, the preferred first port of call for treatment is the intrauterine system. This might not be for everyone, as it’s a method of contraception and can sometimes take up to six further periods before any long term effects are felt.

    You can always talk to us about your symptoms and we’ll help find the right treatment for you that fits in with you and your life.

    Do heavy periods always need treatment?

    If this is the first time you’ve experienced heavy periods, or they have appeared suddenly then it’s worth seeing a clinician to make sure that there are no other health issues that need to be checked out.

    You can then have a chat about treatment options based on your personal circumstances and your lifestyle.

    If you have no underlying causes for heavy periods, you can still opt for treatments to make the signs and symptoms more bearable so you can go with the flow and get on with your life, worry free.

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    Can I get pregnant on Norethisterone?

    Norethisterone isn’t a contraceptive because you only take it for a short amount of time. If you don’t want to get pregnant while taking it, you should combine Norethisterone with another method of contraception like a condom. Norethisterone doesn’t affect fertility, so it’s safe to use if you’re planning to get pregnant in the near future .

    Why should I buy Norethisterone online with Treated?

    Periods can be tough, but we can make dealing with them easier. If you’re interested in Norethisterone, just answer a few questions about your health. One of our trained clinicians will look over your answers and give you some treatment options. You can then order which one suits you best.

    If you’re taking Norethisterone for endometriosis or heavy periods, our subscription service can make the process painless. There’s no need to remember to reorder each month, it’ll arrive in time and right at your doorstep.

    If you have any problems with your treatment or any questions you want to ask, our experts are always just a message away. We’ll also check in with you to make sure everything is going well. We’re dedicated to providing treatment tailored to you.

    Do I need a prescription for Norethisterone?

    You will need a prescription for Norethisterone. A clinician needs to check that it’s safe and the best treatment for you. If you talk to one of our experts about your health, they can take you through the different options.

    Can I take Norethisterone to delay my period if it’s already started?

    No, once your period has started it can’t be stopped. Norethisterone can help reduce excessive bleeding or prolonged periods, but it can’t halt them if they’ve already begun. If you’re worried you’ll forget to take Norethisterone two to three days before your period, you could try tracking your period with an app and setting a reminder on your calendar.

    How effective is Norethisterone?

    Norethisterone has shown to work for controlling heavy or painful bleeding and symptoms of endometriosis. When treating heavy periods, Norethisterone was shown to reduce bleeding by 87% . For people with endometriosis, using Norethisterone for six months reduced the abnormal growth causing their pain and bleeding by 37.2% .

    In a clinical trial of women looking to delay their periods, Norethisterone was much more effective than the combined pill. Only 8% of women in the Norethisterone group had a small amount of spotting, compared to 43% of women on the combined pill. The women taking Norethisterone also preferred their treatment and were more likely to recommend it.

    What are the instructions for using Provera for endometriosis?

    Taking Provera for endometriosis can offer real symptom relief.

    Endometriosis is a painful condition which causes heavy, painful periods and ovarian cysts. It occurs when the lining of the uterus, normally shed during the period, attaches itself to other organs in the body like the bladder, bowel and fallopian tubes. It can cause a lot of pain at all times and not just during a bleed.

    To help with the symptoms of endometriosis it’s recommended to take Provera in a 10mg dose, 3 times a day. The beginning of the treatment should occur on the first day of your period and continue in that dosage for 3 months.

    Can I get Provera over the counter?

    Provera is a prescription-only medication. If you’re thinking about taking it to treat your period problems then one of our clinicians will be happy to talk to you to make sure it’s the right treatment.

    Which dose of Norethisterone should I use?

    The dose of Norethisterone you take will depend on what you’re using it for and your symptoms. For stopping your periods, it’ll usually be one 5mg tablet three times a day. For endometriosis and heavy or painful periods, you might start on a lower dose, or raise it if your symptoms are still troubling you.

    Why should I buy Provera online with Treated?

    With Treated you’re completely in control of your treatment. Chat with one of our friendly and supportive clinicians online and have all your options explained to you in a jargon- and hassle-free way.

    Once you’ve made the decision to get a Provera prescription, we’ll follow up with you to make sure the treatment is working for you as it should. We’ll always discuss other options if it isn’t.

    Is Norethisterone similar to any other treatments?

    There’s a branded form of Norethisterone called Utovlan. They contain the same active ingredient in the same dosage, so they work in a very similar way. Whether you use Norethisterone or Utovlan is really up to you. The main differences are that Norethisterone is usually a bit cheaper and might not always look the same.

    There’s also a 350mcg injection with the same active ingredient as Norethisterone that’s used for contraception, called Noriday. This won’t be right for you if you’re looking to delay your period or control bleeding.

    How do I use Provera to delay periods?

    There may be all sorts of reasons you want to delay a period. Getting married, going on holiday or even a busy exam season. You want to be able to go with the flow.

    Provera tablets to delay periods can offer you peace of mind. Around 3 days before your period starts you’ll take a 10mg dose, 3 times a day. You can lengthen the course of treatment, depending on how long you want to delay your period for.

    Around 3 days after you stop taking your Provera, your period should begin as normal. Remember that that period delay is an ‘off-label’ use for Provera. We have other available treatments to delay periods which are designed for that.

    How can Provera help to treat amenorrhea?

    You sometimes can’t win with periods. If it’s late, you panic. If it disappears, you feel even worse.

    Amenorrhea is the medical term for stopped periods and Provera can help bring you back to regularity.

    Simply take a tablet once daily in either a 5mg or 10mg dose and plan this to start on what would normally be day 16-21 of your normal cycle. Around 3-7 days after your treatment stops, you should have a normal period.

    What are the instructions for using Provera to treat painful and irregular periods?

    You may not want to use Provera for stopping periods but might want some help to treat irregular or painful monthly cycles.

    Taking Provera once daily at a dose of 5mg-10mg during the second half (luteal phase) of your cycle can help regulate and improve your symptoms.

    How are heavy periods diagnosed?

    A clinician will be able to diagnose you and advise you on this. They’ll chat to you about your medical history, any other conditions you have and what your periods are like. They’ll ask how much they affect your daily life.

    You should also request a blood test from them to make sure you don’t have iron-deficiency anaemia which is often caused by heavy periods.

    Often, they’ll give you a physical examination or refer you for an ultrasound or MRI to make sure that your heavy periods aren’t caused by something else, such as endometriosis, fibroids or polycystic ovaries.

    Are there tests for heavy periods?

    There aren’t specific tests for heavy periods, but there are diagnostic processes you can have to make sure that your heavy periods aren’t being caused by something else, like the conditions mentioned previously.

    You might be referred for an MRI, an ultrasound scan or even a hysteroscopy to make sure all is otherwise well. These procedures don’t take long and can be the best way of making sure your menstrual health is being well looked after.

    Can you get side effects from heavy period treatments?

    With every treatment for heavy periods, there is a risk of side effects, and every woman will respond differently according to the options they’re offered.

    We’ve got loads of helpful advice on our product pages for heavy period treatments. They explain our full range of treatment options and you can discuss which one would suit you best with one of our clinicians.

    Do heavy period treatments always work?

    With treatment for heavy periods, it’s always about finding the right path forward depending on your personal needs, lifestyle and any other health conditions you might have.

    There are varying degrees of treatment and side effects associated with them, but equally, it’s about making sure you’re happy, healthy and comfortable.

    We’ll always fully discuss your needs and any questions you might have so you have all the information you need on heavy period treatment.

    Why should I buy heavy periods treatment online with Treated?

    If your symptoms are new, and you’re experiencing heavy periods for the first time, you should always chat to your clinician first. This is so they can make sure there are no other underlying causes that need to be investigated.

    If you’ve got a diagnosis, we can talk to you about your treatment options and find a way forward that puts you in control. We’ll help you find a treatment that’s right for you based on your lifestyle and your healthcare needs. Change, pause or cancel your subscription anytime.

    Once you’ve started treatment we’ll always follow up with you to ensure you’re doing well, that everything is working as you’d hope and to make sure we answer any queries or questions you might have about how things are going.

    How do I use Utovlan to delay periods?

    You can take Utovlan to delay your period for up to 17 days.

    Take one 5mg tablet three times a day, starting three days before the start of your period. This will increase the level of progesterone in your body and prevent the lining of your womb from shedding. 

    Your period will begin two to three days after you stop taking Utovlan.

    How do I use Utovlan to treat painful or irregular periods?

    If you’re taking Utovlan to treat painful periods you’ll take one tablet three times a day. 

    You start taking the tablets on day five of your monthly cycle and stop after day 24. You’ll usually take the tables for four months. 

    If your periods are heavy and irregular, your clinician will ask you to take one tablet three times a day for 10 days to stop the heavy bleeding. The bleeding usually stops within the first four days, but you need to take the full 10 day course of treatment for it to have a long-term effect. 

    if your periods continue to be heavy or irregular after you stop taking Utovlan, your clinician may advise that you take the tablet for longer and on certain days of your menstrual cycle. 
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