“Keep a period diary”
Lydia was only 24 when she was diagnosed with a rare form of womb cancer. “It caused me to have extremely heavy periods and to bleed between cycles”, she says.
“Before my diagnosis I needed the largest tampons and a night-time sanitary towel which needed changing every hour. I had to set alarms through the night to wake up and change my sanitary ware.”
Now cancer (and period) free after a hysterectomy, Lydia is committed to helping other women understand more about their gynae health, including heavy periods.
Get bleeding checked
“If you consistently suffer from heavy periods, keep track of them in a diary”, she recommends. “Record when they are, how long they are and how heavy.”
Heavy periods are not uncommon but if your bleeding pattern changes, or you have an abnormal vaginal bleed, “if that happens, and you go to the GP fully informed on your bleeding patterns, you will be in a good place to get the correct diagnostic tests”, Lydia explains.
“If your periods seem to be changing from what is normal for you, it could be caused by a variety of gynae health issues – so it’s always worth checking any changes to your cycle with your GP.”