What's normal? What's not?
Are your periods painful? Do they often last more than seven days—sometimes more than two weeks? Do you find yourself changing your protection every hour—hour after hour? Do you avoid certain activities that might cause embarrassing accidents—or miss too much work? Are you tired, moody or depressed during that endless "time of the month"?
In our 30s and 40s, as we approach menopause, we're more likely to develop abnormal menstrual bleeding. Unfortunately, having heavy periods means a lot more than simply heavy bleeding; heavy periods can wreak havoc in our lives. According to studies, they can take a physical, social and emotional toll:
- 83% of women feel that their heavy period disrupts their physical well-being1
- 66% of women feel exhausted when their period is at its heaviest1
- Women with AUB miss 1.5 days of work/school every cycle. That’s 18 days a year on average!1
- 81% of women find that their heavy period is disruptive to their sex life1
- 73% of women say that their relationships with others are disrupted because of their heavy period1
- More than 60% have had to miss social or athletic events2
- 75% report feeling anxious during their period2
- 42% report feeling depressed when their period is at its heaviest1
- 57% say they lack confidence during their periods2
If you are unsure if you are suffering from heavy periods, get our free checklist to see if the NovaSure procedure may be right for you.
1. National Women’s Health Resource Center. Survey of women who experience heavy menstrual bleeding. Data on file; 2005. 2. NovaSure Instructions for Use. 3. Hologic Inc., Data on file, 2018. Based on units shipped from 2004-2018.