Complete Guide to Heavy Periods and Iron Deficiency
1 in 4 people with a uterus experience heavy periods. Heavy periods (or Heavy Menstrual Bleeding) refers to abnormally heavy or longer than normal periods. Heavy menstrual bleeding can lead to Iron Deficiency Anemia in some people. Both of these conditions can negatively affect a person’s physical, emotional and social well-being.
We are pleased to provide resources below that were created by medical experts. Our aim is to give you with trusted information on the treatments for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding and Iron Deficiency Anemia.
Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (HMB) refers to abnormally heavy or longer than normal periods. It can lead to significant disruptions in people’s daily activities and lifestyle, impacting their physical, emotional and social well-being.
People with heavy periods may also suffer from Iron Deficiency Anemia, with symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness or shortness of breath.
Learn more about Iron Deficiency here.
Investigations for Heavy Periods
Your doctor may suggest some of these tests to identify the reason for the heavy bleeding, and to detect anemia. Clicking on the icons below will give you more information.
Possible additional investigations and procedures:
Treatment for Heavy Periods
Iron is an important component of hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen around the body.
When your body does not have enough iron, your hemoglobin levels can drop below normal, and your organs are unable to get the right amount of oxygen they require. This condition is known as Iron Deficiency Anemia.
It is the most common form of anemia. Iron Deficiency can lead to many symptoms and impair your ability to do normal daily activities.
Treatment of Iron Deficiency
Basics of Iron Supplementation
Intravenous Iron (Access handout here)