Menorrhagia

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th July 2018.

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Photo of Jess Phillips Jess Phillips Labour, Birmingham, Yardley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of women affected by heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) in England; and if he will make it his policy to improve HMB care in primary care.

Photo of Jess Phillips Jess Phillips Labour, Birmingham, Yardley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps NHS England has taken to improve care for women with heavy menstrual bleeding since the publication of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists National Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Audit in July 2014; and will he make a statement.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Data on the number of women affected by heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) in England is not held centrally.

HMB can have a major impact on a woman’s quality of life. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published guidelines on HMB in March 2018, which aim to improve the care surrounding HMB. The full guidance can be found at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng88/evidence/full-guideline-pdf-4782291810 /ng88

The NICE guidelines emphasise the advances in treatments for HMB and the choices available for patients. NHS Choices also has a self-assessment website which directs people to primary care if they have HMB, which can be found at the following link:

https://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Heavy-periods-self-assessment.aspx

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