Know your treatment options
There are many effective treatment options available for heavy menstrual bleeding that can put you back in control of your life. Treatment options typically fall in to one of three categories: non-hormonal, hormonal or surgical and your healthcare provider can help you find the choice that is right for you depending on the cause of your heavy menstrual bleeding, your medical history and your preferences.
HMB is a symptom which can be caused by several underlying medical conditions. In clinical practice there are several treatments that are used despite not being specifically approved for HMB. The following section is intended to give an overview of what is clinical practice. Please be aware that the label of a specific product may vary from country to country.
A note on anemia…
It is very common that women with heavy menstrual bleeding develop anemia, due to excessive blood loss. If this is happening to you your doctor may recommend that you take regular iron supplements either to treat or prevent anemia. Don’t forget to eat well iron is present in plenty of foods, so next time you go shopping for groceries keep our suggestions in mind.
Non-hormonal treatment options
The two main non-hormonal treatments are NSAIDs and tranexamic acid. They can be prescribed alone, together or in combination with hormonal treatment options.
Hormonal treatment options
Hormonal treatments can be highly effective at alleviating heavy menstrual bleeding and there are a number of options available depending on your preferences and needs.
Some women with heavy menstrual bleeding might require a surgical procedure, especially if there is a uterine disease or where medical treatment fails to control the symptoms or is not tolerated.