What is menorrhagia?

By Cicle Health on 29 Nov, 2022
What is menorrhagia?

Menorrhagia is the medical term for heavy bleeding. Although heavy bleeding is somewhat common during periods, but menorrhagia causes abnormal bleeding. Menorrhagia patients may need to change their pads or tampons throughout the night or wear more than one pad at once. About one-third of females seek medications for heavy menstrual bleeding, which is fairly frequent. It can nevertheless cause disruptions in daily living and, in some instances, signal a more serious health issue.

Anemia, a disorder that develops when the blood does not deliver enough oxygen to the rest of the body, can result from excessive bleeding that is left untreated. Chest pain, weakness, and weariness are possible symptoms.

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Symptoms of menorrhagia

Asides excessive bleeding, women suffering from menorrhagia also see some of the symptoms below:

  • Stomach pain
  • Periods longer than seven days
  • Blood clots that are larger than a quarter or higher. Blood can appear as red, pink or brown
  • Using 1 or more tampons or pads every hour

Causes of Menorrhagia

Numerous factors can result in unusually heavy or protracted menstrual bleeding.

  • Hormone imbalance
  • Thyroid disease
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Non-cancerous growth in the uterus
  • Leukemia
  • Drugs:-Some medicines can also cause heavy periods. Drugs like:
  • Blood thinner and aspirin
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Tamoxifen (breast cancer drug).
  • IUD
  • Birth Control Pills and Injection


To be sure of the diagnosis, the doctor will ask about your medical history, which includes information about contraceptives.

In some cases, there won't be any pre-existing conditions causing the heavy bleeding. Some of the tests required includes:

Blood Test: -

These are used to help the doctor to help gather information about hormonal level, thyroid function or iron deficiency. This can also be done to identify the problems of clots.

Pap Test: -

This helps the doctor to identify infection, swelling, or cancer.

Endometrial biopsy is used to inquire unusual tissue or cancer inside the uterus.

Liver Function Test: -

If the liver's disease is doubt, a group of blood test can be done, which is called the liver function test. Imaging Test can also be done to address Liver Damage.

When do you go to the doctor?

If you fill at least one pad or tampon in an hour or two hours, it is advisable to see a doctor.

Treatment of Menorrhagia

Treatment depends on the severity. Medications or surgery will be used to treat Menorrhagia. Drugs like Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Oral contraceptives, Hormonal IUD etc. Or surgery such as Dilation and curettage (D&C) or Uterine artery embolization.

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