Heavy Periods

Heavy periods are characterised by persistent, copious menstrual bleeding. The medical term for this condition is menorrhagia.

  1. Very common complaint
  2. Many cases have no underlying cause
  3. Treatable with medication

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2 treatment(s) for Heavy Periods



  1. Relieves period pain
  2. Eases heavy bleeding
  3. Straightforward tablet medication
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Primolut N

Primolut N

  1. Simple to take tablet
  2. Effective at reducing pain
  3. Helps to manage heavy bleeding
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Heavy periods is the name given to overly-abundant menstrual bleeding. It can sometimes be the result of an underlying health issue, such as hypothyroidism or polycystic ovary syndrome.

However, most cases will have no specific cause. This is sometimes known as dysfunctional uterine bleeding. While those instances of heavy periods that aren’t caused by an illness will often not be a health concern, they can still be frustrating and very uncomfortable to endure.

  1. Very common complaint
  2. Many cases have no underlying cause
  3. Treatable with medication

The female reproductive system goes through a series of processes to ready itself for pregnancy on a monthly basis. Part of this involves the buildup and shedding of the wall in the uterus. When the lining becomes thicker, it is ready for a fertilised egg to implant and develop. When implantation doesn’t occur, the wall sheds, and is evacuated during menstruation.

In those with heavy periods, this evacuation will be more substantial. Defining how much bleeding is too much isn’t straightforward, as everyone is different and there is no specific amount of how much someone should lose. Women will usually be able to tell when they’re losing more than usual, but signs of heavy periods may include: using more sanitary products than you normally would; or blood leaking through to clothes.

There are treatment options available to those looking to reduce the severity of menstrual bleeding. If it is the result of another condition, such as PCOS or hypothyroidism, then the primary condition will require attention from a doctor. But for those whose bleeding is not due to any other ailment, then hormonal treatment may be issued to help reduce the level of blood loss.

Tranexamic acid works by reducing the production of plasmin in the body. Plasmin is a chemical which helps to break down and disperse clots in the womb. In women with heavy menstrual blood loss, plasmin levels tend to be higher than usual. By reducing the levels of plasmin in the body, Tranexamic acid thereby helps to slow down the loss of blood associated with heavy periods.

Patients experiencing heavy periods for the first time, or who have noticed a change in their usual symptoms, should see their GP.

It’s easy to buy your regular heavy period treatment with our UK pharmacy service. Simply fill in our medical questionnaire and one of our doctors will review your case. Once your order has been checked and approved, a prescription will be generated for you and fulfilled by our dispensing pharmacy, who will ship your medication by tracked 24-hour courier.

Types of Treatment

How heavy periods are treated will depend on what their cause is.

Some conditions, such as PCOS and hypothyroidism, can lead to heavy menstrual bleeding. Treating these conditions may reduce the presence of excessive bleeding.

However, it is common for heavy periods to occur with no specific cause.

In such cases, there are several options for those looking to get relief for heavy periods. Utovlan and Primolut N are only available to buy on prescription, and both contain a synthetic hormone called norethisterone.

Tranexamic acid, also available on prescription, works in a slightly different way to reduce heavy bleeding.

If you haven’t used treatment for heavy periods before, you should speak to your GP about the available options.

How do they work?

The ingredient in Primolut N and Utovlan, norethisterone, works by simulating the function of progesterone in the body. This helps to stop the uterine wall lining from becoming thick before shedding, thus lessening menstrual bleeding.

Tranexamic acid helps to manage enzymes which deal with clotting in the womb, and reduce the severity of heavy periods.

What are the side effects?

Breast pain, headache and fatigue are among the reported side effects of these medicines. For more information, please consult the respective page for each item.

Can I take them with other medications?

It will depend on what other treatments you are using. Refer to the product information page to find out more, and make sure your prescriber is aware of any other medications you are currently taking during consultation.


What’s the difference between the medications?

Between Primolut N and Utovlan there is virtually none. Primolut N is made by Bayer while Utovlan is made by Pfizer, but both contain norethisterone, and both contain the same amount of this active ingredient. However, there are slight differences in the content of other ingredients.

Tranexamic acid is a different type of medication, called an antifibrinolytic. This involves different processes in the body to the hormonal treatments mentioned above.

Which treatment should I take?

It depends on whether you’re allergic or unable to tolerate any of the ingredients, whether you have any pre-existing health issues, and which other medications you are currently taking.

Read our respective product page for each to find out more.

Are there different side effects?

Some side effects associated with these treatments include headache, shorter periods, and feeling sick. Refer to the product pages for more information.

Is it right for me?

See your doctor if you are looking for relief from heavy periods for the first time, or if your symptoms have changed since you last spoke to them. They will be able to suggest an appropriate medication after evaluating your medical profile.

If you’re looking to get your regular medicine for heavy periods renewed, take our health questionnaire today. Once your case has been reviewed by our doctor, they will issue a prescription for your medication if it is suitable for you. This will then be fulfilled at our UK pharmacy, who will send your treatment to you by tracked next-day courier.

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