Menorrhagia is a gynaecological condition characterised by abnormally heavy periods or prolonged menstruation. Although it is very common for females to have heavy menstrual bleeding, most women do not experience enough blood loss in menstruation to be classified as menorrhagia. Females with menorrhagia cannot maintain their usual activities as they experience immense pain and blood loss. If you usually have extremely heavy and prolonged periods, you must talk to your healthcare provider regarding them. You might be recommended to undergo certain investigations, and if diagnosed with menorrhagia, there are many treatment plans available to deal with the condition.
Below are the common signs and symptoms associated with menorrhagia:
You must look for immediate medical care and attention if you face any of the following:
The reason for heavy menstrual bleeding is unknown in some cases, but in general, there are a few causes associated with the condition, including:
Your will be asked a few questions about your medical history and menstrual cycles by the doctor. You must maintain a diary making notes of the days you bled, how much the flow was, and how many sanitary pads you would change in one day. Apart from taking history, a complete physical examination will be done by your doctor, and then he will also recommend some tests:
A certain diagnosis of menorrhagia can be established only after ruling out other medical conditions, menstrual disorders, or medications that are possible triggers of the condition.
The treatment of menorrhagia depends on several factors, including your general health and medical history, the cause and intensity of the condition, your future childbearing plans, your tolerance for several medications and procedures, and your personal preferences. Apart from medication, certain procedures can be performed to deal with the condition, including dilatation and curettage, uterine artery embolisation, focused ultrasound surgery, myomectomy, endometrial ablation, and hysterectomy.