1 in 5 women experience heavy periods, also known as abnormal uterine bleeding.1

While common, heavy bleeding, pain and missed activities do not have be a woman’s version of “normal.” To determine if your heavy period symptoms warrant a trip to the doctor, here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you regularly experience long (more than seven days) or painful periods?
  • Do you experience irregular periods that make it hard to predict your menstrual cycle?
  • Do you find yourself changing your pad, tampon or other protection every hour—hour after hour?
  • Does your period cause you to avoid certain activities that might result in embarrassing accidents—or cause you to miss work?
  • Are you tired, moody or depressed during your period?

In our 30s and 40s, as we approach menopause, we're more likely to develop conditions like fibroids or heavy menstrual bleeding. Unfortunately, having heavy periods means a lot more than simply heavy bleeding; heavy periods can wreak havoc in our lives and can take a physical, social and emotional toll.

Based on a survey of women with AUB2, below is a list of the effects that heavy periods may have on your life.

Effects of Heavy Periods

Physical effects:
  • 83% of women feel that their heavy period disrupts their physical well-being
  • 66% of women feel exhausted when their period is at its heaviest
  • 82% of women report having to take OTC pain relievers to alleviate symptoms associated with their heavy period
Social effects:
  • 81% of women find that their heavy period is disruptive to their sex life
  • Women with AUB miss 1.5 days of work/school every cycle. That’s 18 days a year on average!
  • 87% of women say they feel some form of separation from loved ones and friends every cycle
Emotional effects:
  • 84% of women say their heavy periods disrupt their mental and emotional wellbeing
  • 42% of women report feeling depressed when their period is at its heaviest
  • 54% of women report feeling overwhelmed when their period is at its heaviest

Are you suffering?

If you're unsure if you're experiencing symptoms of heavy periods, use our checklist to see if the NovaSure procedure may be right for you.

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  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heavy menstrual bleeding. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/blooddisorders/women/menorrhagia.html. Accessed February 19, 2019.
  2. Hologic, Inc. Data on File; AUB Patient Journey Research, conducted January 2017. Survey of 1,003 women who self-identified as currently or recently experiencing heavy bleeding with need to change feminine hygiene product every hour or more.


NovaSure® endometrial ablation is for premenopausal women with heavy periods due to benign causes who are finished childbearing. Pregnancy following the NovaSure procedure can be dangerous. The NovaSure procedure is not for those who have or suspect uterine cancer; have an active genital, urinary or pelvic infection; or an IUD. NovaSure endometrial ablation is not a sterilization procedure. Rare but serious risks include, but are not limited to, thermal injury, perforation and infection. Temporary side effects may include cramping, nausea, vomiting, discharge and spotting. Inform patients to contact you if they experience a possible side effect related to use of this product. If you or someone you know has possibly experienced a side effect when using our product, please contact your physician.

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