Gynecology - About Menorrhagia (Heavy Menstrual Bleeding)

About Menorrhagia (Heavy Menstrual Bleeding)

Menorrhagia is the medical term for menstrual periods with abnormally heavy or prolonged bleeding. Unfortunately with this condition, it is hard to keep up with your normal daily activities because you have severe symptoms of fatigue, loss of blood, and cramping among others.

What are the most common symptoms of menorrhagia?

  • Needing to use double sanitary protection to control menstrual flow
  • Bleeding longer than a week
  • Passing blood clots larger than a quarter
  • Symptoms of anemia, such as tiredness, fatigue, and even shortness of breath

What are the possible causes of menorrhagia?

Hormone imbalance: In normal menstrual cycles a balance between hormones regulates the buildup of the lining of the uterus, which is shed during menstruation. If a hormone imbalance occurs, the lining (endometrium) will grow in excess and eventually sheds by form of heavy menstruation.

Polyps: Small benign growth in the lining of the uterus that may cause heavy bleeding.

Pregnancy complications: A single heavy bleeding may be due to miscarriage.

Inherited bleeding disorder: Some inherited bleeding disorders, such as Von Willebrand disease, can cause abnormal menstrual bleeding.

Cancer: Uterine cancer and cervical cancer can cause excessive menstrual bleeding, especially if you are postmenopausal or have an abnormal pap smear.

Uterine fibrosis: Uterine fibroids are usually benign and may cause heavier than normal or prolonged menstrual bleeding.

There are many different treatments for menorrhagia. If you are experiencing symptoms of menorrhagia or would like to learn more about this condition, schedule an appointment with our senior consultant gynecologist, Dr. De Alwis, by calling +1 (345) 333-2222 or by sending an email to

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