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Menorrhagia (Heavy Menstrual Bleeding)
Menorrhagia, is heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding or simply understood as, heavy periods. This is a common disorder among women who menstruate.
We offer a variety of treatment options for menorrhagia, including medication, hormone therapy, and minimally invasive procedures. Each patient’s journey is different, and we work to determine the best course of treatment for their situation, considering factors such as their age, medical history, and preferences.
At Meitra, we are committed to providing high-quality treatments to our patients, but also prioritizing their comfort and care.
Symptoms: Menorrhagia, or heavy menstrual bleeding, is characterized by prolonged or excessive bleeding during menstruation. Some common symptoms of menorrhagia include:
- Bleeding that lasts longer than 7 days
- Heavy bleeding that requires changing pads or tampons every hour or more frequently
- Passing blood clots larger than a quarter
- Needing to use both a pad and a tampon for protection
- Anemia, which can cause fatigue, weakness, and shortness of breath
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Pain or cramping during menstruation
Causes: There are several possible causes of menorrhagia, or heavy menstrual bleeding. Some common causes include:
- Hormonal imbalances, such as those caused by thyroid disorders or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Uterine fibroids or polyps, which are noncancerous growths in the uterus
- Adenomyosis, a condition in which the tissue that lines the uterus grows into the muscle of the uterus
- Endometrial hyperplasia or cancer, which involves the overgrowth of the lining of the uterus
- Blood clotting disorders, which can cause heavy bleeding during menstruation
- Use of certain medications, such as blood thinners or hormone therapies
- Intrauterine devices (IUDs) or other birth control methods
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can menorrhagia be prevented?
There is no guaranteed way to prevent menorrhagia, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle and managing underlying medical conditions may help reduce the risk. Using birth control methods can also help regulate menstrual cycles and reduce the risk of heavy bleeding.
How is menorrhagia diagnosed?
To diagnose menorrhagia, your healthcare provider will likely perform a physical exam and order blood tests to check for anemia or other underlying medical conditions. They may also recommend imaging tests, such as an ultrasound or MRI, to evaluate the uterus.
Is menorrhagia a serious condition?
While menorrhagia is not usually life-threatening, it can have a significant impact on a woman's physical and emotional well-being. It is important to seek medical attention if you are experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding or other symptoms of menorrhagia.