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Heavy and Painful Periods

Heavy (Menorrhagia) and painful (Dysmenorrhoea) periods are among the many reasons women seek treatment at Oxford Women's Health. The symptoms can take a huge toll on a woman's physical, social and emotional well being.

Every woman's menstrual cycle is different, but periods are considered to be heavy when bleeding lasts seven or more days per cycle; protection needs to be changed every one to two hours; and/or menstrual flow includes large blood clots. Heavy periods affect one in every five women.

Painful periods are more difficult to define as everyone experiences pain differently. It's a subjective experience. Generally, excessive pain is defined as pain that doesn't respond to over-the-counter medication, and pain that causes you to be frequently absent from school or work during your menstrual cycle.

There are a number of treatment options available for heavy and painful periods, but it's important that you receive the right one for you. The team at Oxford Women's Health are committed to ensuring any treatment is tailored to your needs, and we are fortunate to have a range of expert health professionals on-site who are available to help manage your symptoms.

If your everyday life is being restricted by heavy or painful periods, make an appointment with a member of our team.