One in five women suffer from heavy periods, otherwise known as AUB (abnormal uterine bleeding), yet many of these women agonize in silence for years before seeking a diagnosis and treatment. Actress and television host Aisha Tyler is encouraging women to advocate for their health by partnering with women’s health company Hologic to overcome the stigma preventing millions of women from discussing menstrual health.
Heavy periods can be characterized by bleeding that lasts longer than seven days or includes passing clots the size of a quarter or larger.1 Many women suffering from heavy periods experience severe cramping, clotting, nausea, exhaustion and anemia as a result, which can negatively impact quality of life.2 Despite the prevalence of heavy periods, many women may not be aware they are experiencing a condition for which they can receive treatment.
“Women are more empowered and outspoken than ever before, yet many still don’t speak up on their own behalf when it comes to their personal health,” Tyler said. “One in five women live with heavy periods that affect their quality of life, relationships and careers, and many don’t know they can do something about it. It’s time to give women the information they need to make choices that can positively impact their well-being.”
Tyler and the We Hate Heavy Periods campaign encourage women to have more frequent and engaging dialogues with their doctors and empower women with the information they need to make those conversations productive.
“To encourage as many women as possible to seek treatment, we need to first get people comfortable talking about this hugely impactful health condition,” said Sean Daugherty, President, Surgical Solutions division at Hologic. “We are proud to partner with Aisha Tyler to start a meaningful conversation around menstrual health.”
To learn more about AUB, women are encouraged to visit www.wehateheavyperiods.com. In addition to providing a symptom checklist to help women recognize abnormalities in their period.