Heavy menstrual bleeding or heavy flow in medical term is call menorrhagia. With menorrhagia, you can't maintain your usual activities when you have your period because you have so much blood loss and cramping. If you have heavy menstrual bleeding please talk to us, our doctor will be able to help you, as it can cause severe problem. There are many effective treatments for menorrhagia.
Signs and symptoms of menorrhagia may include:
- Soaking through one or more sanitary pads or tampons every hour for more than 2 hours
- Needing to use double sanitary protection
- Needing to wake up to change sanitary protection at night
- Bleeding for longer than 7 days
- Passing large blood clots
- Unable to perform daily activities
- Symptoms of anemia (low red blood cells), such as tiredness, fatigue or shortness of breath
Heavy menstrual bleed are commonly cause by the following problems,
- Hormone imbalance. A number of conditions can cause hormone imbalances, including polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), obesity, insulin resistance and thyroid problems.
- Dysfunction of the ovaries. Ovaries produce hormones important for menstrual cycle. Dysfunction of ovaries will cause hormone imbalance.
- Uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids may cause heavier than normal or prolonged menstrual bleeding.
- Polyps. Small growths on the lining of the uterus (uterine polyps) may cause heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding.
- Adenomyosis. This occurs when endometrium become embedded in the uterine muscle, causing heavy bleeding and painful periods.
- Intrauterine device (IUD). Menorrhagia is a well-known side effect of using a nonhormonal intrauterine device for birth control.
- Pregnancy complications. A single, heavy, late period may be due to a miscarriage.
- Cancer. Uterine cancer and cervical cancer can cause excessive menstrual bleeding, especially if you are postmenopausal or have had an abnormal Pap test in the past.
- Inherited bleeding disorders. Some bleeding disorder which are genetic in nature can cause abnormal menstrual bleeding.
- Medications. Certain medications, including anti-inflammatory medications, hormonal medications, and anticoagulants can contribute to heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding.
- Other medical conditions. A number of other medical conditions, including liver or kidney disease, may be associated with menorrhagia.
Excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding can lead to other medical condition such as Anemia. Anaemia is low number of circulating red blood cells. Which mean you body will be lack of oxygen. Signs and symptoms include pale skin, weakness and fatigue.
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