In the UK:
- menorrhagia is responsible for 12% of all gynaecological referrals annually(1)
- approximately 22% of healthy premenopausal women aged over 35 years are affected (1)
- around 1 in 20 women aged 30 to 49 will consult their GP because of heavy menstrual bleeding (2).
- of these, only 40% will have measured blood loss greater than 80ml
Approximately 400,000 hysterectomies are performed for menorrhagia each year.
- during the early 1990s, around 60% of women presenting with heavy menstrual bleeding would undergo a hysterectomy (often as first line traetment) in order to resolve the problem (3).
- (1) Mohan S et al. Menorrhagia: recommended treatments in primary care. Prescriber 2009;19
- (2) Duckitt K, Collins S. Menorrhagia. Clin Evid (Online). 2008;2008. pii: 0805
- (3) National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) 2016. Heavy menstrual bleeding
Last edited 06/2018 and last reviewed 05/2019