Heavy bleeding during regular menstruation

Symptoms of Menorrhagia

The following features are indicative of Menorrhagia:
  • abdominal cramping pain
  • pelvic cramping pain
  • lower back pain
  • bloating
  • sore breasts
  • food cravings
  • mood swings
  • irritability
  • headache
  • fatigue
  • bleeding for longer than a week
  • anemia

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Common Causes of Menorrhagia

The following are the most common causes of Menorrhagia:
  • hormone imbalance
  • dysfunction of the ovaries
  • uterine fibroids
  • polyps
  • adenomyosis
  • intrauterine device
  • inherited bleeding disorders
  • pregnancy complications

Risk Factors for Menorrhagia

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Menorrhagia:
  • insufficient progesterone
  • anovulation
  • older reproductive-age women
  • uterine cancer
  • bleeding disorders

Prevention of Menorrhagia

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Menorrhagia.

Occurrence of Menorrhagia

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Menorrhagia cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Menorrhagia most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 18-60 years

Common Gender

Menorrhagia most commonly occurs in the following gender:
  • Female

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Menorrhagia

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Menorrhagia:
  • Blood tests: To check iron deficiency (anaemia) and other conditions, such as thyroid disorders or blood-clotting abnormalities
  • Pap test: Examine infection, inflammation or changes that may be cancerous or may lead to cancer
  • Ultrasound: To produce images of the uterus, ovaries and pelvis
  • Hysteroscopy: To diagnose uterus abnormalities

Doctor for Diagnosis of Menorrhagia

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Menorrhagia:
  • Gynecologist

Complications of Menorrhagia if untreated

Yes, Menorrhagia causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Menorrhagia is left untreated:
  • anaemia
  • depression
  • severe pain

Procedures for Treatment of Menorrhagia

The following procedures are used to treat Menorrhagia:
  • Hysterectomy: To remove the uterus
  • Endometrial resection: To remove the lining of the uterus
  • Endometrial ablation: To destroy the lining of the uterus
  • Dilation and curettage (D&C): To remove scrapes or suctions tissue from the lining of the uterus to reduce menstrual bleeding

Self-care for Menorrhagia

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Menorrhagia:
  • Flaxseeds and soy protein diet: To regulate the menstrual cycle
  • Exercise regularly

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Menorrhagia.

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