Experiencing unusually heavy bleeding or lengthened periods, or menorrhagia, are quite common.  The periods are seen as heavy if there is unusual bleeding from the uterus and your pads or tampons get soaked more frequently with hourly repetitions for many hours.

Other symptoms of Menorrhagia:

  • Bleeding at night and you need to wake up for changing your tampon or a pad.
  • Discharge of heavy blood clots during menstruation.
  • Periods lasting for more than 7 days.

In many cases, heavy menstruation may interrupt your routinely sleep and hamper usual activities. The loss of blood during heavy periods may also lead to anemia and you may experience breath shortness and fatigued.

Causes of Menorrhagia

There are several probabilities of experiencing menstrual bleeding heavily. They may include:

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In case you have been suffering heavy menstrual bleeding, it is pertinent to consult your doctor for ascertaining the cause.  The treatment will depend on the cause of heavy bleeding.

The treatment of menorrhagia with medicines may involve:

Anti-inflammatory and nonsteroidal medications like naproxen and ibuprofen.  Both the drugs help in reducing the quantity of blood loss and relieve you from pain.

You may be given hormonal therapy for:

  • Stabilizing the uterine lining (endometrium)
  • In regulating your menstrual cycles
  • Correcting the imbalance of hormones

You may be advised to use hormone secreting intrauterine device (IUD) like merino.

Tranexamic acid (Lysteda) is a non-hormonal medicine that helps in promoting blood clotting.

After ascertaining the cause of menorrhagia and your medical history, the treating doctor may suggest one of the following surgical procedures, like:

  • Dilation and Curettage ( D & C )

The procedure involves dilating the cervix of the uterus and scuffing the uterine lining.

  • Hysteroscopy

It is a procedure wherein a long and thin scope is introduced into your uterus via the vagina and cervix. It helps the doctor in locating and removing uterine masses accumulated in the uterine lining suspected to be the cause of heavy bleeding. The hysteroscopy also helps the doctor in evaluating the lining of the uterus.

  • Endometrial ablation or resection

As denoted by the name of the procedure, the uterine lining is either destroyed or removed. After this procedure, you lost your fertility and may not be able to achieve pregnancy and have a baby.

It is a surgical procedure wherein the uterus along with the cervix is removed. After having gone through the procedure, it is possible to get pregnant and have a baby.

With a heavy blood loss through heavy bleeding in periods cause anemia and deficiency of iron. Your doctor may suggest or prescribe iron supplements for compensation while your bleeding is fully controlled.

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