Thousands more women with heavy periods to be offered test

From BBC - March 14, 2018

Women with heavy periods should be offered a hysteroscopy to find out the cause, says new guidance from health officials.

This could lead to 10,000 more women in England having the test, which examines the inside of the womb, each year, they said.

Around one in 20 women aged 30-49 sees a GP due to heavy menstrual bleeding.

The issue can seriously affect quality of life, both physically and emotionally.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said it had updated its guidance because of advances in diagnostic techniques.

It now recommends hysteroscopy as a first-line test for women with heavy menstrual bleeding, instead of pelvic ultrasound, because it is gives a more accurate diagnosis.

Hysteroscopy uses a narrow telescope with a light and camera at the end to examine the inside of the womb, passed through the vagina.

Prof Mark Baker, director of the centre for guidelines at NICE, said: "This change should help ensure women with underlying endometrial diseases or conditions are more effectively diagnosed and can therefore receive better treatment.

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