What to expect from your GP appointment

If you feel your periods are impacting your daily life and you may be suffering from HMB, it is important to seek advice from your GP. During your consultation your GP is likely to ask you key questions, which will enable them to make a clear diagnosis of HMB:

How much do you bleed?

Do you have to change sanitary protection (pads or tampons) at night?

During the day would you manage 2-3 hours without changing your pad or tampon?

Does your bleeding affect you physically, i.e. do you find yourself breathless or faint?

How does it affect your daily life?

If HMB is diagnosed, depending on your medical history, the cause of your heavy bleeding may need to be investigated further.

In up to 60% of women there is not an obvious cause for HMB, in some women there are certain high-risk factors that should be checked, for example if you experience bleeding between periods or after sex, or if you have pelvic pressure or pain.

Further tests can rule out serious illness, and may include:

  • A pelvic examination
  • An endometrial biopsy (a small sample of the lining of the uterus is taken and looked at under a microscope for abnormal cells)
  • Blood tests
  • An ultrasound scan

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at http://www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search MHRA Yellow Card in Google Play or Apple App Store.

By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of medicines.

All contents © Bayer 2018. All rights reserved. Date of preparation: August 2018