What is Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (HMB)?

It is likely that, from time to time, you will experience heavier than usual bleeding during your menstrual period, but it can be hard to know if this is normal or if your periods are heavy compared with other women. Heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) can be a serious and debilitating condition. It is defined by the impact it has on a woman’s physical, social and emotional quality of life, for example, if your monthly period limits your normal daily activities, or affects your role at work.

A good indication that blood loss is excessive is if you experience any of the following:

 

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You are using an unusally high number of tampons or pads, for example, if there is enough blood to soak a pad or tampon every hour for several consecutive hours

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You are experiencing flooding (heavy bleeding) through to your clothes

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You need to use double protection, i.e. tampons and pads together

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You are experiencing night time bleeding that requires you to get up to change pads or tampons, use extra protection at night and / or change your bed sheets

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One in three women have heavy menstrual bleeding at some point in their lives.

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91% Feel HMB impacts their ability to perform sport and fitness activites

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80% Feel that their heaviest bleeding days affect their performance at work

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68% Do not tend to participate in social activities when their period is heavy

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However, in up to 60% of women with HMB, no underlying causes is found. This means that many women can be treated by their GP.

What causes HMB? For up to 60% of women with HMB, there is no obvious cause. However some conditions have been linked to HMB.

Reporting of side effects and quality complaints

 

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.

 

You can also report side effects and quality complaints to Bayer Plc. Further information is available on the “contact” tab at www.bayer.co.uk.

 

By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.