Yes, I know – your ‘monthly visitor’ isn’t something you probably talk about regularly or even want to think about when you don’t have to. But for many women it can really disrupt their lives. Recently I found out that Mom Central surveyed more than 1,300 “everyday moms” who indicated they have heavy periods and discovered some very interesting things:
- 75% of women reported that their heavy periods negatively impact their quality of life by disrupting their family and social life, regular activities, and moods.
- Almost 60% said that their periods negatively affect their intimate relationships.
- And what’s worse, more than 50% of women with heavy periods said that they dread leaving the house on their worst days.
Your period is considered ‘heavy’ if it lasts a long time (although they don’t really define ‘long’), if you need to change pads or tampons every hour or two, if you need to use both a pad and a tampon for protection or is so heavy that you need to change pads at night.
Many women think their heavy periods are normal or assume that there’s nothing that can be done about them. Other women worry that the only options are hormones or a hysterectomy which is a major surgical procedure that removes the uterus. So, the majority of women learn to cope by planning their lives around their prolonged and often unpredictable cycles.
For women with heavy periods who have completed childbearing, there is a non-hormonal, one-time minimally invasive procedure that typically takes less than five minutes to complete and can eliminate heavy periods – the NovaSure® Endometrial Ablation System. The NovaSure procedure has helped more than 650,000 women since it was first introduced in 2002.
Clinical trial results show that more than 9 out of 10 women who have had the NovaSure procedure returned to normal or lower than normal levels of bleeding, and about 40% had no periods at all. In addition, 93% of women treated with the NovaSure procedure were satisfied with their results, and 97% said they would recommend it to a friend. The NovaSure procedure can be done in the comfort of a doctor’s office or an outpatient setting without general anesthesia, and most women return to their busy lives the next day. As with any procedure, there are risks and side effects that should be discussed with your physician.
NovaSure has sponsored a website where women who suffer from heavy periods can find information and share their experiences and feelings about this very private subject, and also learn more about treatment options so they can actively seek help. When they checked out Dare To Wear White, many women felt validated and relived to find out they are not alone; finally someone understands how they are suffering, physically, emotionally, socially and financially.
If you are a woman who suffers from heavy periods, please check out www.DareToWearWhite.com – you can take a quiz to determine if your periods are considered ‘heavy’, ask questions, share stories, or request a brochure. And you are also invited to take the Mom Central survey – the first 250 eligible women (only those who have heavy periods and are finished having children) who complete the short simple survey will receive a $10 Amazon gift certificate as a thank you for their participation!