What is Menorrhagia?

When a woman’s menstruation cycle occurs at the right time but is accompanied by unusually heavy bleeding, the condition is known as Menorrhagia. The bleeding may last longer than the four to seven days of normal periods.

Doctors often require the amount of bleeding to interrupt your daily activities in order to diagnose you with this condition rather than simply considering it within the normal range of bleeding. Bleeding disorders and uterine or ovarian growths tend to trigger this disorder.

What are the Symptoms of Menorrhagia?

It can be difficult to tell if you’re experiencing heavy bleeding when you’re not sure what other women normally experience. One clear sign is the need to change your sanitary pad or tampon every two hours or sooner.

Large blood clots the size of a quarter or bigger also indicate menorrhagia. Anemia also tends to occur with this condition because of the sheer loss of blood volume. Doctors often look for other signs of bleeding disorders since excessive menstruation could indicate a problem that becomes life-threatening in case of an accident.

How is Menorrhagia Treated?

If testing rules out cancer or other serious potential causes, you’re free to treat the condition at home. Taking iron supplements is the best way to handle anemia. There are also medications to control blood loss, which is important in cases caused by blood disorders. Intrauterine devices, oral hormones, and other contraceptives help control the duration of periods as well, but won’t necessarily control blood flow in some cases.

Combining blood loss medication and birth control can work to keep the most serious cases of menorrhagia under control. Surgery may be necessary in conditions triggered by fibroids and other growths on the uterus and ovaries.

Last Reviewed:
October 07, 2016
Last Updated:
August 31, 2017