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Diagnosing heavy periods

Your GP will ask you about your heavy periods, including how frequent they are and how heavy the bleeding is. They'll also ask about other symptoms you might have or any changes to your period.

It can be helpful to complete a menstrual diary, which is a record of your periods. The diary can help your GP understand how heavy your periods are, and when you have period pain. You can also download a period tracker app, called Clue, for iPhones and Android phones, or Period Tracker for Android phones.

Bring your diary along to your appointment to discuss with your doctor.

Tests for heavy periods

You may need several kinds of tests to find the cause of your heavy periods. Your GP will do them or refer you to a specialist doctor called a gynaecologist. If you prefer, you can pay to see a private gynaecologist. You can find a private gynaecologist on Healthpages or Healthpoint.

Tests may include the following.

The doctor will check if you are up to date with your cervical smear. You may need a repeat smear test or swab test to check for infection.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed September 2021.

See also:

Overview of anaemia

Understanding your vaginal swab results

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