What causes heavy periods?

Scientists uncover a cause of heavy periods, and a potential treatment...
29 January 2018
Presented by Katie Haylor
Production by Katie Haylor.


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Up to a third of women experience debilitatingly heavy periods. For them, it's disruptive: it can lead to depression, time off work, and, in severe cases, even lead to a low blood count or "anaemia". Currently, heavy periods are treated hormonally or surgically, but these options have side effects and can affect fertility. So is there a better treatment? Katie Haylor finds out...


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