Heavy Menstrual Bleeding2021-08-07T21:39:54+00:00
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Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Heavy periods are very common and can occur from the onset of menstruation, but we also can find that our periods change in our 40’s. The amount of blood loss and the impact varies greatly from one woman to another.

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Heavy Periods

Periods can vary from one woman to the next.  What is heavy for one, will not be for another.  How does the NHS classify women as heavy periods in the UK:

  • Changing sanitary protection every 1-2 hours
  • Needing to use 2 or more sanitary products at once i.e. tampon and pad.
  • Passing blood clots larger than a 10p coin
  • Bleeding “flooding” through clothes or bedding.

So why do some women have heavier periods?

So why do some women have heavier periods?  This can just be what is normal for them and no cause if often found.  They may have heavy periods as soon as their periods start and throughout until menopause.  But if your periods change then other causes need to be considered:

  • Fibroids – benign growths in or around the womb, more common aged 30+
  • Endometriosis – painful and heavy periods
  • Adenomyosis – when lining of the womb gets embedded in the wall of the womb
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) -can cause irregular bleeding and other symptoms
  • Underlying health conditions – hypothyroidism, bleeding disorders and diabetes are examples
  • Perimenopause
  • Endometrial cancer

When should you seek help?

You should always seek medical advice if this is a new change for you.  If you are bleeding in-between periods or after sex, then seek help also.  Seek help if the bleeding is causing you to miss time off work and is impacting on your life.

Are investigations needed?

Sometimes investigations are needed and these might include blood tests, ultrasound scan, passing a small camera into the womb via the cervix (hysteroscopy) and taking a biopsy to find the cause.

Treatment options

There are lots of options available!

  • Non-hormonal: Ibuprofen or Mefenamic acid tablets can be bought and used to help with pain and heavy. Tranexamic acid is available on prescription and is used on the heaviest days to help slow and clot the blood.
  • Hormonal methods: and these can be combined with non-hormonal methods too.
  • Progesterone only contraceptive pill or progesterone used when bleeding is heavy.
  • Combined oral contraceptive pill
  • IUS – intrauterine system such as Mirena coil
  • Surgery – removal of fibroids, endometrial ablation (removes the lining of the womb), uterine artery embolisation (to shrink fibroids) and hysterectomy.

So how can we help?

Our team of experts can advise on the best course of treatment for your individual circumstances.

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Frequently Asked Questions about our Heavy Menstrual Bleeding service

Can I get repeat prescriptions?2021-07-30T12:56:49+00:00

When it is safe to do so and you are stable on your medication, we can issue a set quantity, or allow you to order your medication as needed.  Some medication requires monitoring, such as blood tests, and you will be reminded of this. Failure to complete these monitoring requirements will mean we will not be able to issue your prescription for safety reasons.

Can I have an appointment remotely (via telephone or video)?2021-07-30T12:58:54+00:00

If you are already known to the clinic or if you have had your ID confirmed through other contacts with us, for example during a home visit for bloods and other physical tests, then yes.

Can my GP surgery do my blood tests?2021-08-01T23:58:29+00:00

We have partnered with a national phlebotomy service, Nationwide Pathology, who offer accredited blood tests all over the U.K. As such, we would request that, where possible, you do not obtain blood tests elsewhere. For those patients that have already had blood tests, we are happy to use them provided they were obtained from a reputable source, such as your NHS GP. However, we ask that you do not expect your NHS surgery to do further testing for you as you have chosen to seek private health care.  If you do obtain blood tests from other clinics, they may need to be repeated (especially if via finger prick).

Do I need a GP referral letter?2021-06-28T17:27:37+00:00

No, a GP letter is not needed.  However, you are welcome to send us a letter, or a summary, if you feel it would help.

Do you treat patients living overseas?2021-06-28T17:25:11+00:00

Unfortunately, we can only see and treat patients who are residing in the UK.  We are unable to treat anyone who lives, or is temporarily, overseas.

How do I book a consultation?2021-06-28T18:36:13+00:00

You can call 03309120769 (national rate) to speak to one of our team or use the online web contact form.  You can also email hello@h3health.co.uk

Alternatively, a number of our services can be booked online – you’ll see a Book Now button on the appropriate service pages.

How do I make a complaint?2021-06-14T18:06:59+00:00

Please see https://www.h3health.co.uk/about-us/making-a-complaint/ – we take all complaints very seriously and will investigate your issues in a customer-centric way.

How much are prescriptions?2021-08-02T00:03:23+00:00

The cost of the prescription varies depending on what you need.   Charging is very different from NHS treatments where the prices are subsidised and you only pay £9.35 per drug regardless of how many packs you need. Some items are more expensive – Female Testosterone, for example, is £80 per tube, but this will last 3-4 months.

How much do blood tests cost?2021-08-02T00:00:20+00:00

The cost of blood tests vary. We will recommend the most appropriate group of tests to suit your requirements.  We can test for one thing alone, or a group.

For example, a single testosterone blood test is £35 and a full well man screen is £190.

How will I get my prescription?2021-08-02T00:04:10+00:00

We send your prescriptions via electronic prescribing to our pharmacy partner, CloudRx. They will prepare them for you, and deliver the medication to your door within 72 hours, and often sooner.

How will I get my results?2021-06-28T18:55:20+00:00

It can take up to 7 days for the processing of your blood tests and for us to receive notification from our partner, Nationwide Pathology.  Once we have received them your doctor will be notified, and they will review them.  Your doctor will then email them to you with any comments, via a secure link.

Depending on your chosen service, you may have a follow-up consultation to discuss your results.

If I need to contact you, how do I do it?2021-06-28T18:52:17+00:00

You can call 03309120769 (national rate) to speak to one of our team or use the online web contact form.  You can also email hello@h3health.co.uk

Please note that we do not provide urgent care or assistance, and in these cases, you need to contact NHS 111, or 999 if an emergency.  Or contact your own GP for other matters.

Is H3 Health regulated?2021-06-28T17:40:25+00:00

H3 Health is regulated by the Care Quality Commission who are the independent regulator of health and social care in England – you can find out more about the CQC at their website.

Is there anyone you don’t treat?2021-08-02T00:01:49+00:00

We do not treat anyone under the age of 18 years.

We do not provide urgent care or treatment of acute conditions.

If you have a medical emergency we request you call 999 or urgent care service via your NHS GP or 111 service.

What does the cost of the consultation include?2021-06-28T17:46:08+00:00

The consultation costs include the appointment with the GP only.  It does not cover prescriptions, follow up appointments, or monitoring blood tests or further investigations.

General health appointments are charged at £175 for up to 30 minutes.

First female health appointments are £250 for up to 1 hour.

All follow up appointments are £175.

If you think you might need a longer appointment, you can book an hour for £250.

What happens after my appointment?2021-06-28T18:50:30+00:00

After you have seen the doctor, they will send a letter to your normal GP advising of any new diagnosis, treatments and plans.

What other costs might there be?2021-06-28T21:05:21+00:00

You might need further blood tests or investigations, or a referral to a specialist.  We will explain the cost prior to undertaking any work.

You will be charged £30 per email to the clinical team after your consultation if you require further time.

Where do I get my blood tests done?2021-07-30T13:02:45+00:00

After you have your pre-appointment assessment, if you require a blood test we will arrange a convenient time and location for one of our trained healthcare specialists to visit you to take bloods and carry out any other physical tests that may be required.

Where will my face-to-face appointment be?2021-06-28T17:17:05+00:00

If you are seen in person, then this will be at Warwick Nuffield Hospital,  The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW.

Who will I see at my appointment?2021-08-01T23:56:40+00:00

All of our consultations are doctor-led. You will see a practicing GP, all of whom work within the NHS also, and have a dedicated interest in either Men’s or Women’s Health. For example, for testosterone deficiency you will see a male GP who has a specialist interest and understanding of this condition. For menopause, we have female GPs who have a specialist interest in Women’s Health. Where additional support or treatment is required, we can also refer you to our other specialists such as hospital consultants.

Why do I need to provide my GP details?2021-06-28T17:38:28+00:00

We want to practice as safely as we can and involve your normal GP.  We will notify your GP of treatments we provide so that they can update their systems and ensure that there are no concerns highlighted over other treatment you might be receiving from them.  For example, some medications cannot be taken alongside others, or you might need more monitoring with some.

For that reason, we ask that you provide your GP’s details before your first appointment using the hello@h3health.co.uk email address.

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