Treatment options for heavy periods

Are heavy periods taking over your life? You’re not alone.

Many women believe that hormone therapy or a hysterectomy are their only treatment options for heavy periods. There are other treatments available that don’t involve hormones or major surgery.

Talk to your doctor to decide which treatment is best for you. Together, you and your doctor will discuss your heavy periods and their impact on your everyday life. Your best treatment will depend on several factors, including:

  • The amount of bleeding
  • If you want children in the future
  • Whether you prefer a long-term or one-off treatment
  • Whether you want to take hormones or not

What types of treatment are available?

There are many treatment options available for heavy periods. They typically fall into two categories:


Non-hormonal options

Non-hormonal options can include certain medication, minimally invasive surgery or major surgery (i.e. hysterectomy).


Hormonal options

Hormonal options include the oral contraceptive pill or a hormone-releasing IUD.

Click here to view a comparison chart outlining the most common treatment options, including an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of each option.