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:
- Many experience bad cramps
- Many report having headaches
- Many women feel tired and nauseated
- About 80% report avoiding sex1
- 33% say they have been forced to miss work2
- More than 60% have had to miss social or athletic events2
- 75% report feeling anxious2
- 70% feel depressed and/or moody1
- 57% say they lack confidence during their periods2
If you are unsure if you are suffering form heavy periods, take our period quiz 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. 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. 3. Hologic Inc., Data on file, 2014. Based on units shipped from 2002-2010.