My fifteen-year-old granddaughter has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and has very heavy periods. Can she be given progesterone or the contraceptive pill to help with the period problems taking into account the hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

This would need to be checked with her own cardiologist. It’s true that there are certain heart conditions where the oral contraceptive pill is contra-indicated and that’s because in some situations there’s an increased risk of stroke. There are some other treatments for very heavy periods that may be considered but again you may have to be guided by specialists such as a gynaecologist.