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I have always suffered from extrememly heavy periods. So heavy that I would leak during the day and night, even though I was wearing thick night time towels. As a result I have got iron-deficiency anaemia. My haem levels are poor. They are currently at their lowest - 8.1.

I always stuggled with getting some serious treatment for this, other than taking iron tablets for the rest of my life. I've been on the contraceptive pill, but this made my blood pressure rise. After pregnancy, I thought it would get better, but it stayed about the same. But yesterday, my GP introduced me to Tranexamic Acid. Apparently, they will reduce my periods by half. Sounds wonderful. Due to take first dose in a couple of weeks. We will see what happens!! :ok:

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    I am pleased you have managed to get your anaemia sorted out, I have had various tests and procedures over the past 12 months and been on iron tablets for 5 months nothing is working the specialists think its due to something more insidious but can not find what it is. Have you discussed the Merina coil with your GP this I had one put in summer last year and it has virtually stopped by periods and taken the cramps away it is also a contraceptive, its worth talking to your GP about it. good luck with your pills hope they work:Dsmile

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    I can honestly relate to the heavy periods. I for one am sick and tired of having heavy periods. But this has also taken a toll on my husband who has to keep supplying me with heavy pads when I run out of them. He finally made me go (actually forced me) to the OB/GYN. My haem level was anywhere between 7.3 and 6.2. I refused a blood transfusion! Now I'm being monitored with medication!

    I was given folic acid pills, iron pills, and hormone pills. I take these 3 times a day. I was thankful the bleeding was under control and I could get a good night's rest. Because I get like this every month, the solution was to have a hysterectomy. I am scared to go under the knife, but, if it's the best thing to do, then I will go through it.

    I'm just glad to know I am not alone in this.

    Thanks and good luck!smile

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    I am exactly the same. I have had heavy periods since...i started really. I change my pads like every hour and still leek through. My Haemoglobin count was 5.2 last year (August), and yes i refused the transfusion and went on the iron tablets. After coming off the tablets in June, my recent blood tests last week showed my Haemoglobin count had dropped again.

    I was put on Tranexamic Acid and that didnt help in the slightest, and now im on the pill to see if that regulates the cycle

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    I was recently diagnosed with iron deficiency anaemia following months of heavy bleeds when menstruating - not uncommon for middle aged women approaching menopause like me.

    I took Tranexamic acid until the latest bleed stopped, am on iron and my Consultant recommends a hysteroscopy when he will also insert a Mirena Coil which should prevent the heavy bleeds.

    WHO'D BE A WOMAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Oh how i feel for the sufferers already posted on this site... but it is so good to know i am not on my own. I have had a Mirena coil fitted (to help with heavy periods) for the last 18 months but keep \"losing\" it due to a fibroid. Have now given up on the coil and am on tranexamic acid and norethisterone, have been advised, sort of, to go ahead with a hysterectomy, but at 53 they seem to think this is a little extreme, apart from the fact i dont want one!. Am now going ahead with an implant in the hope that it will reduce the heavy periods, has anyone gone through the same thing? Oh and i am still on iron tablets daily... there must be something that will help without having to go through surgery.

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