Heavy menstrual bleeding can be painful, distressing and disruptive. Up to one-third of women between the ages of 15 and 55 experience heavy menstrual bleeding, and often the cause is unknown. However, treatment can reduce the symptoms and improve quality of life. Some options include medications, surgery, and a device called the levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system.
Health Quality Ontario Reviews the Levonorgestrel-Releasing Intrauterine System for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
The levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system is a minimally invasive and reversible device that is inserted in the uterus where it releases a hormone that suppresses and thins the lining of the uterus (endometrium), which can result in a reduction in the amount of bleeding. Currently, the insertion procedure is publicly funded in Ontario but the cost of the device is not.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has accepted this recommendation.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has provided the following response: The Ministry provides funding for this drug product for women eligible for the Ontario Drug Benefit and is evaluating options to increase its use.