Menorrhagia Can Take Away from Quality of Life

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Menorrhagia describes menstrual bleeding that lasts longer than seven days. The bleeding can also be very heavy.

If you are having heavy, prolonged bleeding – bleeding that causes you to change a tampon or pad in less than two hours or causes the passing of clots the size of a quarter or larger – it’s time to visit your doctor.

Other symptoms of menorrhagia include:

  • Being excessively tired, having a lack of energy
  • Being short of breath
  • Bleeding that lasts more than seven days
  • Constant pain in the lower stomach during periods
  • So much blood that you are kept from doing things you want or need to do

The conditions can be caused by a variety of issues:

  • Hormone-related problems
  • Other illnesses – These include bleeding disorders, such as platelet function disorder, and non-bleeding disorders, such as a cancer or inflammatory diseases.
  • Uterine-related problems – These include non-cancerous tumors or other growths, such as fibroids or polyps in the uterus; uterine or cervical cancer; a birth control issue; or pregnancy-related problems, such as miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy.

If you have heavy bleeding and the symptoms above, plan a visit with your doctor to determine what the best treatment plan would be for you. There are a variety of treatment options available that range from prescription hormones to surgery.

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