What are Heavy Periods?

About 10 million women suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding.1 Many women begin to experience heavy and/or irregular bleeding intheir 30s and 40s, as they begin to get closer to menopause.


Heavy periods are more than just a hassle - they take a physical, social, and emotional toll as well. Studies show heavy menstrual bleeding can affect women in a number of ways:


Physical -

• Many feel tired and nauseated
• Many experience bad cramps
• Many have headaches

Social -

• More than 60% have had to miss social or athletic events1
• About 80% report avoiding sex2
• 33% have been forced to miss work1

Emotional -

• 77% have depression or moodiness2
• 75% feel anxious1
• 57% report a lack of confidence during their period2


1. Cooper J, et al. A randomized, multicenter trial of safety and efficacy of the NovaSure system in the treatment of menorrhagia. J Am Assoc Gynecol Laparosc. 2002; 9:418-428.
2. National Women’s Health Resource Center. Survey of women who experience heavy menstrual bleeding. Data on file; 2005.