When a woman has monthly periods and undergoes severe blood loss and is usually accompanied by cramps, Menorrhagia is the medical term used for this acute blood loss. Under this condition, women usually need to change their sanitary napkins every hour or uses double the sanitary napkin to manage their daily functionings or activities. Here, the women also usually have periods longer; that can surpasses the usual duration of a week with large blood clot discharged during their menstrual cycle. It can also lead to anemia resulting in shortness of breadth, tiredness or fatique.
Causes of Menorrhagia
Hormonal Imbalance: Under this condition, the build-up to the lining of the uterus called the endometrium develops in excess and then sheds by heavy bleeding.
Ovaries Dysfunction: If the ovaries doesn’t produce egg during the ovulation period, it may lead to menorrhagia.
Noncancerous (benign) tumors called the Uterine fibroids or even polyps may cause heavier than normal or prolonged menstrual bleeding during a woman’s childbearing years leading to menorrhagia.
Condition such as Adenomyosis in which glands from the endometrium gets embedded in the uterine muscle that causes heavy bleeding as well as painful periods.
Menorrhagia can be caused by the use of non hormonal intrauterine device for birth control as well as miscarriage, cancer, inherited bleeding disorder such as von Willebrand’s disease, medications, liver and kidney diseases etc.
Medical help is essential
It is recommended to seek medical help by consulting a gynecologist regularly if there is bleeding between periods as well as after sex and menopause. Also, it is advised to consult the doctor if the periods last for more than a week, or if it causes severe pain and fever, or if there is abnormal discharge or unexplained weight loss or gain, nipple discharge, and new acne.
Keeping tract of the blood flow, duration of the period as well as jotting down the uneasiness caused during periods can be beneficial while consulting a gynecologist.